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Nova Scotia newcomers learn how to adapt to winter through program

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WATCH: A couple of newcomers to the province learned some winter living know-how on Saturday in partnership with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Global's Steve Silva reports – Jan 7, 2017

Newcomers to Nova Scotia picked up tips and tricks on preparing for cold weather Saturday thanks to an educational program.

“It’s extremely important to know how to dress for the weather here in Nova Scotia. We have wet weather, we have cold weather, and we have wet and cold weather,” said Heidi Verheul, organizer of the Winter Walk & Gear Talk.

The Sierra Club Canada (Atlantic Chapter) partnered with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia for the program.

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Two people attended and got to go on a three-kilometre guided walk along McIntosh Run Community Trail in Spryfield, N.S.

They also learned about how to dress warm.

Participant Praise Mugisho moved to Canada from Uganda in July 2016. She said she had never seen snow beforehand.

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“The first time I saw it, I was very curious,” Mugisho said.

It did take some time to get used to the snow, but she said it makes her happy.

“Don’t be afraid,” Mugisho said was her message to other newcomers getting used to winter in Canada. “Snow is funny.”