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If you were anywhere in metro Vancouver yesterday you would of course know that it snowed a bit yesterday. And as a result it was a Kitsilano winter wonderland.

Like everyone else, I was posting lots of images on my Instagram stories feed of snow falling and traffic struggling to get up the hill outside our apartment.

Kitsilano winter wonderland with coffee at 49th Parallel in Kitsilano on a snowy day in Vancouver BC

I am still highly entertained by snow, well the first couple of snowfalls at least.
After 4 winters in Toronto, I was less enamoured by it by May.
When it was still snowing by then, and the rising feeling of dread that winter was never going to end.

Kitsilano winter wonderland with a person walking along the beach with West Vancouver and Stanley Park in the background on a snowy day in Vancouver BC
Kitsilano winter wonderland from the beach looking across to English Bay on a snowy day in Vancouver BC

I was never a fan of the snow, thaw, freeze and repeat cycle which meant you would have a dusting of secure looking snow covering sheet ice.

Growing up in an area of New Zealand that sees snow at sea level perhaps once every 30 or 40 years. I was totally sucked into the Northern Hemisphere movies and tv shows, that have people falling into snow drifts and making snow angels.

Kitsilano winter wonderland with a park bench overlooking the water at Kitsilano Yacht Club looking towards West Vancouver on a snowy day in Vancouver BC

Now, after my time in Toronto, I know that you would never do that. The fear of cracking your head on the empty BBQ gas cylinder that someone left on the nature strip in summer that the rubbish men never collected, is too much.

Kitsilano winter wonderland with snow at Kitsilano Beach on a snowy day in Vancouver BC

But in Vancouver it doesn’t really snow like that, and if it does snow apparently it doesn’t tend to accumulate so much.

I was really surprised that so many drivers here didn’t seem to have winter tires. Especially considering how close we are to the mountains, and how many people get away to enjoy the snow for the weekend.

Today, even though it is pretty cool outside, the snow has mostly melted and the sun is shining. 
So I am really glad I got out yesterday in the midst of it all and took some photos.

Kitsilano winter wonderland with a gold glitter Christmas bauble with googly eyes hangs from a tree covered in snow in Kitsilano on a snowy day in Vancouver BC
Kitsilano winter wonderland with a tree covered in Christmas decorations dusted with snow in Kitsilano on a snowy day in Vancouver BC

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