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Winter in Poland – Not what you might expect

Although it might seem like the wrong time of year for this kind of post, it is relevant nonetheless. And important. Important that I dispel some myths that are commonly held about what a winter here might be like.

Northern Poland is not the cold, dark, frozen place of your (and previously my) mind.

Every winter I have experienced in Ontario has been more harsh, more cold, more windy and more miserable than the one I have experienced here.  The locals tell us that it was the most severe winter they have known of late.

We had a total of 21 days with snow on the ground.  10 days at once, it melted for 3 weeks and came back for another 11 days.  And it was gone.  By the end of January, the snow had disappeared for good.

As for temperatures, it stayed consistent at a balmy -1°C for most of the winter.   At the beginning of the season, Ben and I asked our School Principal what the guidelines were for sending the students outside at recess.   When we explained that in Canada, they go out until it is -25°C, we were met with disbelief and gaping mouths.   They don’t really HAVE a guideline, because it never gets cold enough to worry about.  Although we did have a couple of colleagues come up to us and ask our opinion on sending the kids outside when it was lightly snowing and -5°C.  Then it was our turn to stare at them in disbelief with gaping mouths.

Winter was short, mild and utterly gorgeous.

If you still need convincing, this is what a winter in Northern, coastal Poland looks like:

Our walk to school through the park


Christmas Lights in the Park




The Baltic Sea





The Sunset




Simply put, Gdansk is beautiful no matter the season.

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  1. Patricia McAughey Patricia McAughey

    You are so right – our concept of Poland is those very harsh winters where you see the people dressed in the heavy parkas … I love the picture of Ben and the girls walking through the park . Maybe someday , you could do a presentation of your adventures and share with us here in Sprucedale .

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