Before arriving in Canada it is a good idea to understand the various temperature ranges as the affect of degrees is felt differently across the land.
I offer this as a rough guide to the colder end of the thermometer.
The National Temperature Conversion Guide:
10C = Vancouverites try to turn on the heat.
Manitobans plant gardens
5C = Victorians shiver uncontrollably. Calgarians sunbathe.
3C = Italian cars won't start. Winnipegers drive with windows
0C = Distilled water freezes. Regina's water gets thicker.
-5C = Torontonians wear coats, gloves and wool hats.
Manitobans throw on a T-shirt.
-10C = Quebecers begin to evacuate the Province.
New Brunswickers go swimming.
-20C = Toronto landlords finally turn up the heat.
Manitobans have the last cookout before it gets cold.
-25C = People in Vancouver cease to exist.
People in Saskatchewan lick flagpoles.
-30C = Calgarians fly away to Mexico.
Manitobans throw on a light
-40C = Hamilton disintigrates. Manitibans rent some videos.
-60C = Mt. St. Helens freezes.
Regina Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door to door.
-80C = Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
Alberta Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes
until it gets cold enough.
-100C = Santa Caluse abandons the North Pole.
Newfoundlanders pull down their earflaps.
-114C = Ethyl alcohol freezes.
Manitobans get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.
-183C = Microbial life survives on dairy products.
Saskatchewan cows complain of farmers with cold hands.
-273C = ALL ATOMIC MOTION STOPS.
Manitobans start saying "Cold 'nuff fo ya?"
-300C = Hell freezes over.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup