Cold enough for ya? Actually, it was a 'delightfully boring' summer, say experts

A woman with an umbrella, pushing a cart, walks past James Ramsay Park in Riverbend during a...

A woman with an umbrella, pushing a cart, walks past James Ramsay Park in Riverbend during a rainstorm in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday June 30, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

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For much of Canada, it was the summer that wasn't.

After a harsh and long winter, Canadians were eager to soak up the sun and enjoy being outdoors, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Particularly for those living in central Canada, summer just seemed to pass by with barely a heat alert to be issued.

"People in parts of eastern Manitoba, Ontario and parts of Quebec are saying, 'We didn't have summer,'" climatologist David Phillips said in an interview this week. "Everybody's been waiting for it."

The West fared much better. Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary had temperatures that were half a degree to a full degree above normal, and it was the same story on the East Coast.

And as cool as it often felt from Regina to Montreal, overall temperatures were actually right around the average.

"It really hasn't been cold, we're not breaking a record for the coldest summer on record. It just didn't seem to give us that heat, haze, humidity," Phillips said.

For those who aren't fans of humidity, this summer was "delightfully boring," he added.

The occasional rain and cooler-than-hoped-for temperatures didn't seem to damper Canadians' outdoor spirits.



People gather around a bonfire in Burgoyne Woods put on by the City of St. Catharines on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. (Julie Jocsak/ QMI Agency)

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Chesley's Family Resort in Petersfield, Man., saw the same number of booking as previous years, though there were fewer day visitors, owner Kimberly Isfjord said.

"We're seasonal, so people come," she said. "Use of our boat launch was down because of the weather and the high water," she said, noting water levels never really receded following the late spring thaw.

She said they hope to go out with a bang on the last weekend of summer.

"Pray for good weather."

For David Peacock, operations manager of Liftlock and the River Boat Cruises in Peterborough, Ont., it was a "weird" summer, with crowds showing up on rainy days, but staying away when the sun was shining.

He said he suspects people were taking advantage of those really nice days to get things done around the home, then needed a break from their house on the cooler, wet days.

Still, business was not far off an average year.

"We probably could have done better if the weather had been better," he said. "We do our best to make it work."

Meanwhile in Coquitlam, B.C., it's been nearly all 30 C-plus days, the water is warm and people are eager to get on the rivers, Bryan Fogelman of REO Rafting said.

He has been running the business for 32 years and said this is definitely the hottest summer he's experienced. And that's good news considering cooler temperatures at the start of summer a few years ago hurt his business.

The nice weather "helps last-minute business because people are saying, 'Hey, it's nice out, let's go rafting,'" he said.

"People who are coming are having a great experience because it's hard to beat."


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