After hearing that Iowa spent $3 million dollars on the last winter storm (which was two-thirds of their entire snow removal budget for the year), S and I became curious about the cost of snow removal and started wondering what budgets were for it in Québec. We found some statistics for Montréal's budget here. The average annual budget for Montréal snow removal is $136 million! S and I were shocked at how much it costs to remove snow.
Despite the unbelievable expenses regarding the logistics of snow removal, I am still enjoying winter here. Easy to say now, I admit, since I know it has only really just begun and I spend most of my time indoors. Nevertheless, I am thinking about trying out snowshoeing sometime, and still love being cozy inside with hot cocoa or tisane (herbal tea) during these cold winter days.