Canada

Climate

Canada is not a tropical paradise. It is situated in the northern temperate and arctic circle region of the north American continent. The following extract from the Wikipedia item on Canada gives synopsis of the climate.

"Average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary according to the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate, where daily average temperatures are near −15 °C (5 °F) but can drop below −40 °C (−40 °F) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost six months of the year (more in the north). Coastal British Columbia has a temperate climate, with a mild and rainy winter. On the east and west coasts, average high temperatures are generally in the low 20s °C (70s °F), while between the coasts, the average summer high temperature ranges from 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F), with occasional extreme heat in some interior locations exceeding 40 °C (104 °F)."

Canada is for those with an interest in winter sports and wide open tundra areas with opportunities to see unusual wild life such as polar bears. The tourist events much promoted in northern Europe such as the midnight sun and the northern lights or aurora borealis are also natural features available in Canada.

The climate is discussed fully in the book"How to Retire in Canada" by Les Johns. This book and some of the links at the "Resources" tab on this site will save intending retirees much time and effort in their research.

Time

Because of the spread of longitude Canada is divided into six time zones.The varying time across Canada is specified by the Canadian Government, although such variations as daylight saving is determined by the individual states and territories. All states and/or territories observe daylight saving which is a matter for provincial authorities with the exception of Saskatchewan. Daylight Saving Time runs from March to November but Saskatchewan is effectively on this time all year. Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given place. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is required here. There are many web sites which allow the display of the time at various places around the world.

An example of such a site, and what may be described as the best, is given under the "Resources" tab on this site. The whole subject of time is fully explored in the book "How to Retire in Canada" by Les Johns. This book can be obtained directly from this site.