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Winnipeg winter enthusiast says he’s seen people embrace outdoors like never before

A man with a passion for winter says he’s seen a change in his fellow Winnipeggers over the past two seasons.

Chris Beauvilain, the creator of Frosty Face Manitoba — a social media account that collects photos of locals experiencing the outdoors in less-than-ideal temperatures — said the community seems to have embraced winter more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think in the last decade or so, there’s really been a change, but in just the last two years, it’s been quite something,” Beauvilain told 680 CJOB.

“Last year, everyone was at home … no one had anywhere to go, so everyone just stepped out the front door. I’ve never seen the city like this before. I started going to different areas of town, and there were builds and skating rinks and people out everywhere.

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“I think people really feel in love with the province and winter and where we are, and it’s happened again this year. It’s been quite magical this year.”

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Although Beauvilain describes Frosty Face as a light-hearted photo project, celebrating the joy of winter — rather than complaining about it — has been a boon for people’s mental health, he said.

Including his own.

“This has been a long time coming through Frosty Face…. It’s been really transformative.

“When I see snow, I no longer grumble at the snow. When I see -20 C, I don’t think, ‘Oh, I need to hunker down,’ I get excited because I know our rivers are freezing and skating trails are being created.

“I see winter as this huge opportunity to explore our city, and it’s a very unique thing. I would say people all over the world have seen a palm tree, but very few, statistically, have thrown a snowball.”

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