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    10 Things Eastern Canadians Want You To Know About The Terrifying Blizzard

    11. They could probably survive the Ice Age.

    Canada's maritime provinces were just hit with one of the worst snow storms recorded in history.

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    The rest of us — who have and probably will never deal with winters of this caliber — were stunned and left wondering how the f#@k one deals.

    So some of the residents schooled us. The preparations and aftermath are sometimes crazier than the storm.

    Samantha Wambolt

    College student Samantha Wambolt (originally from Nova Scotia, pictured left) and local photographer John Morris (right) told BuzzFeed what's it's actually like to live through a real blizzard. Or, rather, just a day in the life.

    Here's everything you should know, and have been wondering, about how Eastern Canadians braved the recent shitstorm:

    1. Yes — many people were stuck and buried inside. You have to be diligent and resourceful to get yourself out.

    One tip I've heard is to keep a shovel inside. Still, with 90 cm of snow and drifts higher than you, a shovel isn't most the efficient tactic.

    Some people braved the conditions during the storm so they could keep shoveling. "I have excellent neighbours, who every so often would 'gear-up' and shovel the front as best they could to make sure that we wouldn't be completely buried once all was said and done," Samantha told us.

    Some actually had to resort to "asking for help through the social networks," John said.

    2. Because plows could take several days to get to you.

    John Morris

    But people in NS, NB, and PEI were prepared. "We planned to be stuck inside for days on end," said John. "If you have a snow blower, obviously making sure it is full of gas is a big thing."

    They, essentially, had to plan for the worst: "Imagine no heat or electricity. You need to plan accordingly with non-perishable food."

    3. People got really creative figuring out how to let their dogs out to pee.

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    Some people shoveled just enough space outside their door so their pets could have a place to go. Others resorted to just plopping their dogs on top of the snow bank. "My dog is quite tiny so she could by no means jump onto the snow bank, so I would have to pick her up and drop her into the snow bank," Samantha explained.

    John joked that some owners, after labouring away to shovel a pee spot for their dogs, the dogs wouldn't go.

    4. They also had to brave conditions during the blizzard for their pets.

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    Some folks had to face the wild and cold winds during the actual storm when their pets ~needed to go~. Samantha said she would open and close her doors every so often so that snow wouldn't build behind them as quickly.

    Others, unfortunately, had to have their dogs do their business inside...

    5. If you've been in a storm this bad, you know that it's truly terrifying.

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    "The storm itself was loud with the wind and snow whipping the windows for hours on end. My pets were nervous wrecks by the end of the entire experience, as I'm sure they felt that an apocalypse was near," Samantha recalled. "If you were to go outside however, visibly, Charlottetown and many of the other areas were eerie. The white-out conditions made you feel as though nothing existed."

    6. And that cabin fever is a real thing: "It really can make you think irrationally."

    Samantha now jokes that she would feel so isolated, she began talking to her pets "far more than a regular person might consider as being normal".

    But some fears did settle in at the time. "[I imagined] horrifying scenarios where the weight of the snow would be so great, that it would come crashing through my windows and I would slowly freeze to death and not be found for some time," she said. "I'm going to call it 'storm-brain,' because it really can make you think irrationally."

    7. Beyond the necessities, maritime provinces have a quirky ritual of heavily stocking up on potato chips. They call them "stormchips".

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    Seriously, it's a thing. John explains: "A storm is a reason to indulge! So people buy storm chips, which are simply potato chips but during a storm, they're renamed as stormchips."

    "I have also never seen such popularity in potato chips for storm prep," Samantha added. "It's most definitely a 'thing' now."

    8. Towns everywhere are still reeling and repairing, but everyone has come together to help one another out.

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    When a house caught fire in Kensington, PEI and news broke out on social media, community members showed up at the owner's doorstep with food, blankets, pillows, and other supplies.

    9. People are bringing food, coffee, and warm clothes to snow plow operators who are working long hours.

    John Morris

    John cannot stress enough how important plow operators are: "[They're] helping to escort our hospital personal to and from work, and [...] making ways to homes for newborns." People are offering food and other supplies to service workers who are tirelessly trying to get town back in shape.

    10. Finally, and most importantly, locals want to remind you that the latest viral photos do not represent how beautiful and worth-your-visit these provinces truly are.

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    "Canada is a beautiful place to live, and honestly, as bad as winters can be sometimes, we rarely get a storm of this caliber," said Samantha. "It truly was a memorable, exciting, terrifying and enlightening experience, but it should neither deter people from visiting or encourage the stereotype that we all live in igloos...or ride polar bears to work/school. If either of those were true, I'd be pretty stoked though. Polar bears are awesome."

    (We did, however, learn that Canadians are one tough bunch.)

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