This post is sponsored by Ontario Tourism. All content is true, based on Nancy’s personal experience.
Winter seems like a distant memory now given the very Spring like weather we have had now for over a month. (Except for today-see the look of shock on the tulips’ and daffs’ faces?)
Even given the mild Winter we experienced, I am always amazed at the way people complain about Winter. Or any weather for that matter. I love a fierce Winter so I actually feel a little short changed this year . Winter, it seems, is just like any bit of adversity. The best way to get through it is to go through it – not avoid it or run away from it. Or curse it.
I gave up our ski club membership when we separated. I wondered briefly what we would replace it with- but seeing as how being resourceful is my strong suit and winter is something we all love- we started looking at our city and what it had to offer differently.
We went back to skating outdoors in the evenings on public rinks. One night in particular we were on a rink in our neighbourhood completely alone for an hour. Big fat snowflakes fell in abundance all night. It was pure magic. After a couple of hours we went home and had hot chocolate and cookies. The during is wonderful about Winter in Ontario but the after is truly sweet.
We visited parks where my teens played like little kids with their friends. Nothing complicated. Just fresh snow and imagination. Always better than the mall.
Every year we build a luge run at our favourite hill and tobbogan down it for hours.
But the greatest gift came 4 years ago when I bought some snowshoes for all of us- these go everywhere we go. There is a ravine and park 5 minutes from our home and in the Winter it is quiet under the snow and a perfect spot to go snowshoeing. You only need 1.5 hours – it is a great work out and it rhymes with tree.
When the epic snowstorms hit in our neighbourhood you can see people cross country ski on our streets! I love this.
Get outside. We live in an incredible part of the country. Everywhere is your playground when it snows. And I guarantee it if you embrace Winter fully, spring will be sweeter in every possible way. When Spring hits you feel like you really deserve it because not only did you survive but you thrived.