By: Sacha Vincent-Toskin
Let’s be honest — most of us are warm-weather people. Basking in the sun with a cold drink in hand, our worries floating away in the summer breeze. Everything seems more fun when it’s warm out, doesn’t it? However, just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean that our hobbies have to come to a halt. Here are some winter activities to (actually) try this year!
Wherever you live, there is bound to be a beautiful trail not too far away. This is a great activity for all ages because you can go at your pace, enjoy the scenery and get in some great cardio exercise. The snowshoes allow you to pack down snow so you don’t slip or sink. Depending on your fitness level, there are different trail lengths and difficulties but ultimately, snowshoeing is just walking! This also makes a great activity as it’s free and requires minimal equipment. Snowshoes are built to last, so once you own a pair you’re good to go for years to come. One advantage of the snowy months is that the sprinkle of white stuff makes everything look like a postcard! A trail or walking path that may be rather average looking in the Spring seems to look magical covered in snow.
Dig up your old “saucer” or “magic carpet” from your parents’ garage and boom! You’re a kid again! Although this activity requires a little more equipment (i.e. finding a toboggan and snow pants), I promise you it is worth it. There is nothing more exhilarating than racing down the hill, wind in your face, laughing with your friends, wondering when you’re going to wipe out! Grab a few friends and head to your neighbourhood hill for the afternoon. Of course, be respectful of younger children and families that are also out for the day, but don’t let anybody tell you you’re too old for tobogganing! Once you’ve had a few runs and your toes start feeling like they might fall off, it’s time to go back inside for a cup of hot cocoa and a movie marathon.
Puzzles & Board games
Who said that winter activities automatically mean outdoor activities?! Let’s face it — sometimes we just want to stay in and escape the cold. I hear you! But, rather than hopping on the couch and binge-watching Netflix when the winter blues hit, maybe try something a little more interactive. Board games are a great way to spend our time with loved ones. There are SO many styles to choose from, everyone is bound to find one they like! There is everything from classic games like Monopoly to new family favourites like Settlers of Catan.
If you’re looking for something where you don’t have to use your brain all that much and want to “escape” a little more, try a puzzle. Trust me, there is nothing like getting lost in a puzzle. Bonus points if it’s a cozy, winter scene!
Nordic Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a spa day? This activity is slightly more luxurious in terms of cost, but can be done on a budget if planned ahead (look out for promotions and weekday discounts). I don’t know about you guys, but my favourite time of year to go to the spa is in the winter. Nordic spas offer a style of Scandinavian hydrotherapy ranging from extremely hot temperatures to extremely cold ones in order to strengthen the immune system and purify the body. The best part of a Nordic spa? Most of them are outdoors! The baths are usually nestled in the woods, feeling like the ultimate winter retreat. Besides the obvious wellness benefits and the breathtaking scenery, many Nordic spas have state-of-the-art restaurants making it a day of indulgence for all the senses and a great way to spend a weekend.
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