17 November, 2016

Living in a Winter Wonderland

A handful of ideas to make the most of winter.

 

We’re coming off of a beautiful summer and autumn, and there’s no doubt that some of us might be facing down a Canadian winter with a little bit of trepidation. But let’s flip the script and get excited about the colder weather (or at least try to get excited…)

 

Have you heard this yet this year: “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening. In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland.”

 

This classic might be more than just a catchy tune. It might be a prescription for good health. While you can leave the snowmen to your children, bundling up and getting out for a walk is a great way to spend your time. Here are a few other ideas to make the most of winter.

 

Channel your inner Olympian

From coast to coast to coast, Canada has all different types of ski hills. So find the nearest one to you, get a one-day lift ticket, cross your fingers for some powder, and start prepping for Pyeongchang 2018. If skiing isn’t your thing, many ski hills have other options like tobogganing, tubing or snowmobiling.

 

Into the woods

If downhill skiing sounds too hard on your knees and back, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. This is a great way to get into the wilderness when the temperature drops below zero. Make sure you stop along the way and enjoy the calm quiet that the snow-draped evergreens provide.

 

Go skating

It’s fun for the whole family, and even more so if you find a good outdoor rink. But a word of caution: given the new information that’s coming to light about concussions, it’s a good idea to put a helmet on your youngsters.

 

Dust off that book you’ve been meaning to read

Between work and family and just being outside on a sunny day, lot of people can’t find the time to read during the summer and early fall. Winter, however, is the perfect time to read a professional development book and expand your knowledge and skills at your workplace. Especially after a long day on the slopes or rink!

 

Escape

If winter activities aren’t inspiring, head south for some time on the beach, ocean or golf course. To make sure you travel in style, earmark some of your savings to make sure they get put to good use. Planning this winter getaway may be enough to get you through some of the darker, colder winter days.