How to Become a Snowbird

Posted date : Nov 14, 2005.Back to list

Gerry Brissenden, CSA President, and Medipac Communications Vice-President, Christopher Bradbury, can be heard Sunday mornings on radio station CHWO (740AM). Gerry and Chris chat about snowbird issues with Murray Segal, host of Sunday Showcase, a show of music and matters of interest to the 50+ age group. Sunday Showcase can be heard from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Gerry or Chris are on air at approximately 10:45 a.m.

On Sunday, November 14, Gerry and Murray discussed the topic, "How to become a snowbird." Gerry's tips were as follows:
  1. Join the CSA. Members receive the quarterly CSANews magazine, which includes a section called "Canadian Calendar," which lists local snowbird groups, their contact information, and scheduled events in Canada and the United States.
  2. Attend the Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations, Snowbird Extravaganzas, or Snowbird Winter Information Meetings whenever possible. Dates and times of these events can be found on this website ( or by calling the CSA (1-800-265-3200).
  3. Visit the CSA booth at the Extravaganza or Winter Information Meetings when vacationing in the United States.
  4. Rent in a number of locations prior to purchasing property or settling down for a long period—this will give you an opportunity to learn more about local customs and atmosphere.
  5. Remember that the snowbird lifestyle is an active one—the less one spends on accommodation, the more one can afford to participate in entertainment and social events. So, affordable accommodation is extremely important.
  6. Contact local public offices, such as the chamber of commerce and the municipal economic development office, for information on local issues such as taxes and services.
  7. Read the online versions of the community newspapers for the destinations you are considering—the Sarasota HeraldTribune, for example, has a website at
  8. Read snowbird-related travel books, such as Dave Hunter's Along the I-75, or the Canadian Snowbird Guide, by Douglas Gray.
And listen each Sunday to Sunday Showcase on CHWO (740AM) to hear Gerry and Chris keep you up-to-date on snowbird matters of interest! 

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Sarasota HeraldTribune