Hell yes, snowman knows best. Manuals are nice for getting unstuck. As an igloo dweller, you likely already know what I'm about to say, but one good tip to remember is that when turning/braking in the snow, push in the clutch (or switch to neutral, lol automatic owners) to keep the wheels from engine braking and using up some of your grip. In a front wheel drive vehicle, it can understeer you into a ditch, with RWD it will oversteer you in a circle, and with AWD it will understeer and use your grip.
I don't know how much Imprezas are in Canada, but WRX Imprezas can be found for $7k on Craigslist. A buddy of mine picked one up for that price a couple months ago (110,000 miles) and it's a fun car to drive. It's got that lovable WRX characteristic of handling well when beat on, but turning in smoothly when driven normally (unlike the twitchier Evo, lolz).