As Canadians, many of us have different strategies to make it though the winter.
Some people drive pickup trucks or SUV's so they don't get stuck in snow banks, some keep a old clunker just for the winter so they don't mess up their "pretty car", but one man decided to simply "winterize" his car by replacing the tires with ATV tracks and skis.
It's like driving a snowmobile without having to put on a snowsuit. Who needs it? You have a roof and actual heating!
Tod Anderson, a mechanic from Ottawa customize everything himself and even designed the skis. The modifications cost $7,000 and the car be reset to normal in about an hour.
Sadly, the car isn't street legal, so Ted can only drive it on private property but apparently it handles very well and can reach up to 70 km/h.
When it comes to spending more time indoors and working from home, making the space you inhabit as comfortable and well-designed as possible is key.
For some, that means living in a central location, being surrounded by breathtaking views or having access to tons of great amenities — or all three.
While it can be challenging to find a place in Montreal that checks all of these boxes, MTL Développement's latest condo project spearheaded by Lalib Al Jundi, La Tour Fides, does just that.
Situated in Quartier des Spectacles, known for its arts and culture scene, La Tour Fides is smack dab in one of Montreal's trendiest neighbourhoods, with the picturesque Old Port and Montreal's downtown core close by.
Each window above the ninth floor of this 19-storey building has an unobstructed view of either the mountain to the north, the river to the south or the city skyline all around.
Along with its stunning views, La Tour Fides is chock-full of amenities including a cinema, heated indoor pool, spa, café, gym and yoga studio.
La Tour Fides also offer Smart Studios, intelligently designed apartments to make living your daily life a breeze. From the TV, music system, and blinds to lighting, heating and alarms, if something can be voice activated in these "next-generation homes," it is.
No more digging around the couch cushions for the remote, just use your voice to turn on your smart TV. Or use a voice command to open the blinds, revealing the stunning skyline without you even getting out of bed.
Plus, you can set a routine that best suits your schedule using the Smart Studios app, putting luxury living literally at your fingertips. Turn on the air-conditioning when you're on your way home so you can return to a chilled haven in summer, or turn the lights off remotely if you realise you'd left them on while out and about.
Each of La Tour Fides' Smart Studio homes is equipped with built-in furnishings made to maximize space and convenience. Transform your desk into a dining table at the end of the day and sit down to a home-cooked meal before revealing the hidden murphy bed when you're ready for a good night's rest.
And if you have visitors, they can experience La Tour Fides too by booking a guest suite of their own. Once they're done admiring the view, you can invite your guests on a tour of nearby Galerie de l'UQAM, the Notre-Dame Basilica and the many shops and restaurants nestled in the area. Afterwards, wind down in La Tour Fides' game room or its on-site cinema.
With over 10,000 square feet of amenities including 24/7 security and concierge services, La Tour Fides might just be the dream home you're looking for.
One- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses, are currently for sale with down payments ranging from 10 to 35%; exceptionally, they've also got a promotion going on where they will be accepting down payments for 5%.
The summer heat is well underway in Montreal. If you're looking for a refreshing experience, Wet Set MTL lets you ride a personal jet ski for less than $90 on the St. Lawrence River with breathtaking views of Montreal.
A 20-minute ride along the Old Port of Montreal behind a guide only costs $26.10. If you'd rather drive your own jet ski, you can discover St. Helen's Island, Notre-Dame Island, the Biosphere, La Ronde and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge for $86.20, accompanied by a guide.
You can also go further and take a one-hour ride towards the La Prairie Basin on the Lachine Rapids side, passing under the Concorde, Victoria, Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges for $134.81.
For a romantic getaway, it's also possible to take a one-hour jet ski tour at $143.50 under the sunset.
A two-hour excursion on the Boucherville islands is also offered at $247.88 to observe the fauna and flora. Note that no matter what the itinerary is, a minimum of two jet skis must be reserved to ensure a departure.
Jet Skiing With Wet Set MTL Adventures
Cost: $26.10 for 20 minutes behind a guide, $86.20 for 30 minutes of autonomous driving. An added $26.10 per additional passenger. A deposit is required for the rental. A driver's license is not required.
It's not like it's never snowed here in April before. But after a number of 20-degree days (or warmer), we're simply not having it. As we looked up at the sky and cursed the heavens, asking, "Why the f*** is this happening?" we decided it would be more productive to ask actual experts the same question.
Why is it snowing when we've been seeing temperatures above 20 degrees lately?
Dr. Djordje Romanic, a professor of atmospheric sciences at McGill University, gave us an explanation from a scientific perspective.
Basically, it's all because of "a mid-latitude cyclone" in the northeast United States so you can blame New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
As the cyclone spins counterclockwise, it's lifting warm and moist air from the western Atlantic above dry and cold polar air from the north.
"It happened that the temperature profile in these two air masses is just the right [one] to form snow instead of rain," he said.
Can we chalk it up to global warming?
Dr. Romanic told us it's "not scientific" to say a particular event is due to global warming. Rather, we'd have to look at the frequency and severity of those types of events over time.
"We can never say that 'this or that particular event is caused by global warming.' Why not? Because we cannot go back some 200 years, undo all CO2 emissions, and see if we will have snow on 21 April 2021," he said.
How does this snowfall fit into Montreal's weather history?
Dr. Romanic said that on May 9, 1983, there was a snowfall of around 5 cm in Montreal and that on April 1, 1993, there was a snowfall of around 28 cm.
"It is not extreme in terms of it never happened before. On the other hand, such weather conditions are very unlikely and can be considered as an anomaly that is not observed on the yearly basis," Dr. Romanic said.
According to Paul Walker, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, "April is often a month of big weather swings."
He said it's "not unheard of" to have high temperatures around 16 C to 20 C followed by a cold turn, leading to some snow several or a few days later.
Based on the 30-year average of Montreal weather, he said it typically snows 3.2 days in April with an average of 5.1 inches or 13 inches falling during the whole month.
"The season's last snowfall typically happens in April," he said.
What are the chances of it snowing in May?
Walker said a late snowfall happens in May about once in a decade.
While we've been enjoying unseasonably glorious weather in Montreal, true Montrealers have been holding their breath, knowing from experience that good weather can change on a dime — especially in April.
As much as we were hoping winter was completely behind us, there is a chance that it could snow a little in Montreal next week. Ugh.
Before you get too upset, one forecast is predicting snow on Thursday while some others are not so it's definitely not a sure thing.
According to the Weather Channel — which services Apple's weather app and Google weather searches — there's a 60% chance of precipitation, which includes both rain and snow on the morning of April 22. The Weather Network also advises a chance of snow on Thursday but anticipates accumulations of less than a centimetre. Environment Canada hasn't called for snow at this point.*
The good news? Even if the Weather Channel is right, the snow won't last long. Snow showers would become rain showers by Thursday afternoon and the next day is expected to reach a high of 15 C.
*This article has been updated.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.