Vancouver Got A Sprinkling Of Snow Today & Everyone Is Acting Like It's A Blizzard

Well, that's embarrassing! 😳

Western Canada Editor
Vancouver Got A Sprinkling Of Snow Today & Everyone Is Acting Like It's A Blizzard

Some parts of Vancouver experienced their first snowfall of the season on Monday — and it was clear that many people weren't used to it.

I moved to Vancouver expecting a nice mild winter, only to wake up with snow on the ground outside.

I was surprised, since I was told by multiple people that Vancouver "didn't get snow," but after many cold winters spent in New Brunswick and Ottawa, I knew how to deal with it.

I went about my normal business, only to quickly notice my street was a little quieter than usual.

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There were way fewer cars driving by, and almost no one walking around the typically busy area. I soon realized that it was because Vancouverites are so not used to snow and that they were staying inside.

So I went outside to investigate further, and by that point in the day (around noon) the sidewalks were almost totally clear of snow. It was such a small amount that I could see it melting away right in front of me.

Still, the streets were like a ghost town. I think people are actually afraid of the snow here?

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Then, when I reached Main Street, I saw what people were wearing — and I was actually embarrassed for them.

People in full parkas, heavy-duty snow boots, hats and mitts were wandering the streets, looking freezing cold.

To give some perspective, I was in a light coat.

What really got me was the footwear, made for long treks through multiple feet of snow, walking along a clear sidewalk.

When I was grabbing coffee, the lady in front of me had on a full-length parka, protecting her from the barley-existent snow on the ground.

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On the walk home I heard multiple horns going, which I can only assume is because people here also don't know how to drive in the snow.

This was just the beginning, too, because B.C. is set to have a snowy season.

My question now is, what happens when we get a whole inch of snow?!

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.

Morgan Leet
Western Canada Editor
Morgan Leet is the Western Canada Editor for Narcity Canada's Western Desk focused on interprovincial travel, and is based in Vancouver.