Whether you are new to Canadian winter or have experienced many winters, nothing should stop you from having snow much fun. “Your first winter is going to be tough” is a phrase that new immigrants might have heard a zillion times, but if you’re optimistic, this winter can be memorable. Don’t allow the long and chilly winter to force you to stay indoors, especially if you are new and away from family. Before the winter blues strike you, now is the best time to explore some winter activities. How much ever you think of cooing up indoors, trying these activities can be fun and refreshing.
You cannot be in a snowy wonderland without hearing about ice skating. It is one of the most popular winter activities in Canada. Since it is so popular, several cities have public ice-skating rinks that are free for all. The best time for ice skating is between December to March. Boots, blades, and warm clothing are all you require for ice skating, and many rinks have these for you to rent. Of course, you might not be able to ace at this on your first trial, but with some practice, you will indeed have fun. While several organizations teach ice skating, you can go DIY if you’re adventurous and have friends willing to show you the basics.
Did you ever dream of making a snowman in your childhood? Where else could you make a snowman but in Canada? Never let the child within you die. Make your snowman this winter and make your inner child happy. You’re never too old to make a snowman. Make the most of the snow and add a little more beauty to your surroundings. Play and shovel in the snow or have a snow fight with your friends and family! YouTube contains tricks and tips to help you build a near perfect first snowman.
Find a spot with plenty of snow. First, take a handful of snow and try making a snowball. If you can make a perfect one, then it’s an excellent spot to make a snowman. This fun activity requires little effort and no equipment. Don’t forget to take pictures with your first snowman.
Skiing down the hill – woohoo! Sounds so fascinating, especially for newcomers. You might need to learn how to ski, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy it. It’s no wonder ‘ski resorts for beginners’ is one of the most searched terms on Google. You can either join group lessons or practice with a private instructor. Skiing equipment may not come in handy; you need to buy it from a sports store or online or rent them from the ski resort. Skiing equipment includes skis, poles, bindings, ski boots and helmets, and proper winter gears to keep warm.
Tobogganing or Sledding
Find a hilly slope nearby, maybe in a nearby park or anywhere in your neighbourhood, and slide downhill over snow on your sled. Do a bit of research and ask around. Several parks have tobogganing hills and would save you on your commute or gas expense. Get your choice of plastic sleds, but did you know you can also turn your household items into sleds? Garbage lids, cafeteria trays, plastic containers or even a laundry basket can be used as sleds. Please make sure they are sturdy enough and try and test them at home before taking them on the activity day so that you aren’t disappointed.
Snowmobiling is another winter activity you can explore, but it can drill a large hole in your pocket. However, nothing beats exploring a unique adventure. Most of the ski resorts rent out snowmobiles. If skiing or skating seems to be a difficult task for you, the snowmobile is your best bet. Even though Alberta is considered the snowmobile capital of Canada, each province has several snowmobile trails. Snowmobiling may be difficult for beginners, but you should be a pro by the fourth or fifth time
Different provinces in Canada have different rules for snowmobiling. Some require a valid driver’s license from the province, while others require taking snowmobile courses. Failure to adhere to provincial regulations can incur a fine.
Have you ever walked on ice? Just imagine how exciting it would be to walk on frozen waterfalls. You can go ice hiking in the Canadian Rockies or on frozen waterfalls. The basic ice hiking requirements include slings, ice cleat spikes, walking-trekking poles, ice cleat grippers, waterproof boots, shovel and appropriate winter clothes.
Skiing, tobogganing and sledding, and snowmobiling should be done during the peak winter season when there’s a lot of snow.
Carry out these activities under adult or trainer supervision.