When we bought the house here in Chatham, our realtor told us not to worry about the winters here, because they didn't get much snow. I'm now told by our friends who have lived here their whole lives that this is highly unusual for the area. Still - we have nothing to complain about compared to James' family up North of Sudbury, who don't even have room to push the snow anywhere right now.
We don't actually own a snow shovel. We moved here from a tiny apartment in Oshawa where we didn't have to worry about shoveling snow. Then when we got here, boy were we surprised to learn it was of the utmost necessity. We have an amazing friend who's come by on more than one occasion to shovel our walk. We don't leave the house much, due to James' sleep apnea and having his license suspended because of it. So the icicles and snow just keep building up and building up.