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Old 04-01-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Can someone tell me how does winter in Northern Virginia compare to Toronto, Canada? Winter in Toronto can last 5 months (Nov-March) among which a couple of months are almost unbearably cold. Is winter in Northern Virginia much milder and less snowier? I'm in search of a more ideal place to live, in terms of moderate winter, culture diversity, open mindness and good education system. I though Northern Virginia could be one of those places. I need to get out of the cold long winter in Canada within the next few years.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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I can tell you first hand, I used to live in Buffalo. The winters down here in VA are much better than Canada. On the contrary, the Hockey and Curling is nowhere to be found . There are also no Tim Horton's restaurants down here either. The toll roads down here suck compaired to the 301ETR. You can find fellow Canadians at the Canadian Embassy in DC. The traffic is extremely bad compaired to where you live. Divirsity is about the same and food is about the same. No Yonge streets down here either.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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The folks we know from Canada scoff at the winters here in Northern Virginia. You will love it here. There are usually only a handful of unbearably cold days (not months), and this winter there were virtually none. Usual total winter snowall is about 18 inches -- this winter, it was far less than that.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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FWIW, we didn't need the snowblower this year. We poured the gas into the lawn mower. The kids started mowing the lawn last week--and it had grown so high it really needed it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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Much milder. You'll get a kick out of the snow-frenzy that people whip themselves into for a whopping 3 inches of snow.....if that. I know I do!
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:00 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies. It's great to know that winter in NoVA is much more bearable.

Normie mentioned that you guys didn't even need to use the snowblower this year? Toronto has one of the biggest snow falls in 30 years this past winter! My husband had to get a new 10-horse power snowblower for our big drive way! On one of the big snowy days in Feb, it took my husband 4 hours to drive home from work, and that path usually takes no more than 1 hour on a good day.

Vre332, how does summer in NoVA compare to Buffalo/Toronto? I heard it's more tropical and humid? Also, does NoVA have more parks and is more scenic than Toronto? I could care less about hockey or curling, but I do like to be surrounded by lots of recreation places and outdoor activities.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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Of course, you pay for the mild winter with hot and humid summers. July is usually the worst. But everything is air-conditioned, and you'll soon learn NOT to head out on your run after 9 am....
Lots of parks, bike paths, recreational facilities, hiking trails, etc.
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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I do like to be surrounded by lots of recreation places and outdoor activities.
You will be very happy here, then. Nova has an abundance of parks. There are hundreds of fun hiking trails (although not too much in the way of hills to climb). Equestrian activities are big in the western suburbs. Be sure to check out kayaking on the Potomac. You can rent a kayak for a half day at Riverbend park for $15.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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Vre332, how does summer in NoVA compare to Buffalo/Toronto? I heard it's more tropical and humid? Also, does NoVA have more parks and is more scenic than Toronto? I could care less about hockey or curling, but I do like to be surrounded by lots of recreation places and outdoor activities.
Oh yea, more humid, and it will feel extremely hot in the summertime. It will take you some time to get used to this weather. A/C in your car is a MUST HAVE. My old car never had a/c but had studded snow tires haha.
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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In March people are wearing shorts and sandals - I have my sandals on right now.
There was about 2 inches of snow this year - kinda dissapointed. People panic at the smallest amount of snow. Schools close for nothing. I guess ice is a problem though
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