5 tips to get you ready for fall in MB

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What is fall?

Fall is also called autumn in North America. It is one of the four seasons in Canada aside from winter, spring, and summer.

Fall is from September to November in Manitoba. Temperature changes from an average of 11.8°C to 24.8°C, to as low as -1°C to 9.8°C.

The first day of fall is called autumnal equinox. This when the length of daylight is equal to darkness. Autumnal equinox in Canada happens around September 22-24 of every year (time and date.com).

Do you want to know more about equinoxes? Go to: The timenow.com.

Tips to enjoy fall

Mild weather is perfect for camping

Camping is a great way to see Manitoba’s beauty in fall. The trails are less crowded (it’s easy to observe physical distancing) and provincial park fees are lower (check Manitoba Parks). There are also less bugs during cooler weather. It is a great time to get warm by the campfire and enjoy a hot drink.

You may even see an aurora if you’re lucky. Fall is the start of “aurora season”. Aurora borealis or northern lights are colourful dancing lights in the night sky. It is caused by charged particles from the sun striking atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere (What causes the aurora borealis or northern lights? Eleanor Imster, Earth Science Wire).

Start checking the temperature
Always check the temperature before leaving the house. It will help you prepare for the colder months. It is a good habit to have throughout winter.

Shift to fall clothing and get winter clothes ready
Keep your summer clothes and bring out sweaters, scarves and boots. Learn to layer clothes in the fall. For example, wear a light sweater on top of your shirt or blouse. Take it off later in the day when it gets warm. Put on a thick scarf when it gets colder in the evening.

Prepare for Thanksgiving and Halloween
Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October. Halloween follows on the 31st of October. There will be feasts and parties. You may need to get a costume for your child and have some candy for trick-or-treaters. However, trick-or-treating may still be postponed this year due to the pandemic. It may be better to keep activities within your bubble just like last year.

Get your house ready for the colder months
Fall is a good time to do house repairs. Here are areas of the house you should inspect, repair or clean:

  • Gutters and downspouts – Sweep out all the leaves and dirt. These can block the drainage system.
  • The heating system – Ask a professional to check it. You can also ask the building superintendent if you live in an apartment.
  • Humidifier – Get one to keep your home comfortable. It prevents dry air during winter months.
  • Windows and doors – Check if they are sealed when closed. It will help keep warm air inside your house and lower your heating bills.
  • Smoke detectors and other house alarms – Change their batteries and make sure they are working.
  • Clocks – Adjust the time to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time (first Sunday of November).

Do a general cleaning. Vacuum dust from carpets and other surfaces. This will prevent allergies or respiratory problems. Store patio furniture, gardening tools, or pool accessories in the garage.

Article updated September 3, 2021.

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