10 Ways to Enjoy Winter

So old man winter is well on his way, and you’ve been wondering what you are going to do for the next 5 months? We’ve compiled a list of both indoor and outdoor activities to get you through the winter in country.

  1.  Gear UP! – First of all, if you are going to do anything outdoors during the winter, you must be prepared for the elements, with the right gear. Make sure you have warm, waterproof boots, snowpants, coat and mitts.  You can have a lot of fun in the snow, if you are warm.
  2. Dig in – Once you have your gear, invest in a good snow shovel, or snowblower if you’re not into manual labour.  You will need these to dig out the end of your driveway once the snowplow goes by.
  3. Get Outside – Find an activity that you enjoy, and DO IT!    For example, if you enjoy hiking and walking, try snowshoeing.  Lace up your skates and play a game of pick-up / shinny (pond hockey) with your friends.  Bring your camera and take some pictures. Winter offers great photography opportunities.
  4. Swing, Split, Repeat – Chances are you or someone you know in the country burns firewood for their heating source.  Winter is the best time to split firewood, because the wood tends to split easier when it is frozen.   Also it is a great workout!
  5. Burn, Burn, Burn – so if you are burning firewood, as a heat source, always remember the old adage “Keep the home fires burning”.  It is easier to keep the wood stove / furnace burning, as opposed to letting it go out and having to start the fire again.  Warm is better than cold, always.
  6. Slip & Slide – Toboganning is great because all you need is a sled and a hill. (oh and its great exercise).  Tobogganing has many variations and there are several sleds for the job.  Personally, the best ones are krazy karpets, saucers, tubes, GT SnoRacers.  You can also improvise; garbage bags have been known to be viable, makeshift sleds, as well as, the inner tubes from any vehicle / tractor tire.
  7. Rev it up – If you have some money to spend, you can join the thousands of Canadians who enjoy snowmobiling.  Again, there are several models for various budgets and lifestyles.  You can get high-speed machines for big bucks, or you can find an older model for a cheaper price that will still get you out there.  My personal favourites are the relics; machines from 1970’s to mid-80’s.  These machines are great for puttering around and pulling tired tobogganers back up the  hill.
  8. Try something new – Winter is a great opportunity to try something new.  Whether it is an outdoor or indoor activity, the long months of winter allows plenty of time to expand your horizons.  It could be learning how to play an instrument, how to knit, learn to skate, etc.  Find something you like, and jump in.
  9. PARTY On! – During the long weeks after the Holiday season, people often feel isolated, so a social function is a great way to bring people together.  Host or help organize a get together amongst your friends / family or neighbours.  It’s a great way to beat the winter blahs.
  10. Snuggle Up – If any of these suggestions just aren’t for you, don’t feel guilty about just kicking back with a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a good book or television show, and just relax.  After all, you’ve got five months of winter to endure.  There’s plenty of time to complete this list 🙂winterlodge

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