Valerie Ferguson, a civil servant from Winnipeg, had to rely on space heaters and blankets to fight off the winter cold. This is because her condominium unit’s furnace broke down—in the middle of what has been reported as the coldest winter within a century, no less.
Being in a cold continental climate area, Winnipeg goes through cold weather within most of the year, with winter temperatures that can be absolutely brutal. Its summer is warm but short. At around 132 days every year, the city gets more than 1 cm of snow depth. Canadians from other provinces even jokingly call the place “Winterpeg”.