Life in Chilliwack

Many of you know that I lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada for my entire life, until last July, when I moved to Chilliwack in British Columbia – still in Canada. Winnipeg is often called Winterpeg for good reason. It would not be winter without the -40 C and below temperatures. Add the blustery winds to that temperature and going outside can be dangerous. Along with the temperatures, the snowfall is substantial. The only good thing about -40 (the same in both F & C) is that it is too cold to actually snow. But when it warms up a few degrees, the wind picks up and then it can snow again and with the wind chill, it feels even colder.

Anyway, I have now been living in Chilliwack for about 5 1/2 months and am loving it. We did get an extreme low temperature of -9C last week, but now it is back up to a balmy +5C & higher. It has been raining for a couple of days and the snow that fell a few days ago is melting.

Everywhere I look there is another beautiful mountain. The mountains are all named, but I have more than enough trouble remembering people’s names to even thing about the names of the mountains.

I am certainly enjoying the warmer temperatures and the daily visits of the gorgeous Anna’s Hummingbird. I also have a Grey Squirrel who seems to live in the ceiling of my apartment. I’m not too thrilled about that, but I mainly see him coming & going and occasionally, I can hear some scratching above me. I finally took a photo of him, but will put that in my next blog.

Most of you are here to check out my photos, so I’ll get them ready for you to view.

Three more photos of the beautiful Anna’s Hummingbird (Buddy)

I love that there are trees in front of my balcony and managed this photo of a Dark-eyed Junco taking a break.

This photo is the condition of the road outside my apartment after the snow stopped and before it started to melt. As of today (2 days after this photo was taken), the streets are almost clear of snow. I have a small car and there is no way it would get through that mess so I didn’t even try to go anywhere. I was listening to the sound of spinning tires as people were trying to get their cars out and moving.

8 thoughts on “Life in Chilliwack

  1. Glad to read that you were far enough West to avoid the Winnipeg-like conditions that pounded Central Canada, well down into the lower 48! I have friends in northern Florida who are not loving life. Or all of the unconscious iguanas lying all over ground!

    Thanks for the new pictures (is it Anna who is beautiful, or Buddy the hummingbird?! The syntax is unclear. Who’s to say it’s not both?). No substitute for the trail banter, but anything to get me motivated again soon! Cheers, Stumblebum

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    1. LOL Tim – I have never seen Anna (who has a Hummingbird named after her), so I can’t say if Anna herself was beautiful or not. I also have no idea if I am seeing the same Anna’s Hummingbird or not, but I call him (or all of them) Buddy. So – Buddy is an Anna’s Hummingbird.


      1. So … Multiple hummingbirds named Buddy. Just like everyone on the faculty at the University of Walla Malaya being named Bruce! Makes perfect sense if you’re part of the Monty Python universe!

        Or I will just continue to dwell in your virtual parallel universe up there in Chilliwack, as I am not going anywhere anytime soon! I will be neither well-behaved nor badly behaved on New Year’s eve. More like non-behaved, if that is even a word! Stay well, stay safe, and I look forward to catching you up on the trail one of these … days!? Cheers, Stumblebum

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  2. I love that you have a visiting squirrel and hummingbird. It is great that you love it so much in your new location. You are about to finish the CDT, and I have another 1000 miles yet to go. Where will you go next? Happy New Year. Foxy grandma

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  3. Thanks Foxy Grandma – and Happy New Year to you too. I’m not sure which trail I will go on next. I keep hoping that Ryan will put a new trail up before then, but I’ve only got a few days left before I’m finished.


    1. Yikes! Afraid that it will be more than just a few days until I finish. Cannot escape the quicksand here in New England! Congratulations on nearing the end of the trail! Wish I were there (virtually) with you! Cheers, Stumblebum

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