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On the west coast of Canada, particularly in the south, winters can be a mix of unreasonable proportion. Rain is usually the order of the day, with the ever-present threat of snow. Having grown up in Peterborough, Ontario, winter and snow were seasonal delights. I loved winter and all it brought with it. Working for three years in Ottawa, I found the positives in winter by ice fishing on the Ottawa River or skating on the Rideau Canal. In most of Canada, winter can have its pleasures and diversions.

On the west coast though things are different. Any amount of snow at the lower levels can bring an entire community to its knees. We just aren't prepared for the usually wet, heavy concoction that passes as a west coast snow. So infrequent are the snows, most folks don't even have snow tires on their family vehicles, and a place like Gibsons, where I live, has only minimal snow removal equipment. Promises of warming weather and rains are the only sure way of knowing the snows will soon be gone. But then, when the snow is gone and through the darkest days of the year, one looks at the world seen only under grey leaden skies. Its no secret, west coast winters can be long, depressing and uncomfortable.

There are, however, days and events that get us through it all. Interspersed in every winter are those clear, wondrous days that are unique to our area. Those are the days that shine and glow, they are the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" each and every winter. They are the days that allow golfers to brag that they can golf twelve months a year here on the coast, and they aren't lying. When one of those days happens the seashore walks come alive with smiling, friendly faces. It's a time to be outside, quite often in shirtsleeves. While the rest of Canada trundles in boots, heavy coats, scarves, toques and mitts, we sample the teasing taste of spring. And that can happen in December, January and February, one day at a time.

One such magical day happened in December of 2007. It was a late afternoon of delightful warm sunshine and calm waters. Bonniebrook beach was full of Sunshine Coast families soaking up the last warming rays of the day. Joy and I were doing the same. As we walked back to the car the sun gave its last rays of the day and they lit the bark of a cedar tree on the shore. The image spoke of the magic of the day, and the very warm colours of the reflected setting sun gave comfort to the soul. Through all that had been, and all that was yet to be, this one wonderful day had provided a comforting "Winter's Respite".



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