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Country Living

Climate

Chinook winds reach 100 km/h and can raise the temperature 20°C in 3 hours.

Driest month: February.

Wettest: June.

Hard frost: mid September.

Last frost early June.

Growing season: 90-100 days.

Extreme high: 33°C.

Extreme low: -45.8°C.

Daily mean temp. (°C): Jan. -10.6,

July 12.6

Average rainfall: 385 mm.

Average snowfall: 247 cm.

Critters

Mule and white-tailed deer (lots of them), coyote, moose, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, beaver, black and grizzly bears, cougars, weasels, skunks, porcupines, lynx, moles, mice, marmots, Richardson's and Columbian ground squirrels.

Birds

Evening grosbeak, pine grosbeak, black-capped and mountain chickadee, white and red-breasted nuthatch, common redpoll, junco, robin, goldfinch, pine siskin, purple finch, tree swallow, mountain bluebird, rufous hummingbird, killdeer, hawks, barred, great grey and saw-whet owls, stellar, grey and, blue jays, hairy & pileated woodpecker, raven, ruffed grouse, magpie, common snipe and Canada geese.

Insects

Mosquitoes, wasps, cluster flies, moths, bumble bees, bark beetles.