It might not be the hottest story of the year, but it certainly is the coldest.
On January 15, West Coasters experienced a record dump of fluffy white snow. While local schools remained open, some parents decided to call an unofficial ‘Snow Day’ to let their kids experience the thrill of playing in powder. “It should be an official Canadian Holiday here in Ucluelet,” said kayak tour operator Kevin Bradshaw. “We only get a snow day once a year, maybe.”
Sara McArthur said she was having lots of fun with her two kids. “We’ve been here all morning. We went home to warm up for a little bit, but back in the snow,” she said.
The Ucluelet Elementary School and the Ucluelet Secondary School closed the following morning, Jan. 16, as a result of a windstorm that downed a power line causing a town-wide power outage.