February—it’s the most winterful time of the year. The days are cold, dark, and snowy. The holidays feel like a distant memory and spring feels like an impossible dream. Don’t despair. Insurance Jack thinks we can help you see the brighter side of winter with some fun new activity ideas you can easily do anywhere, with anyone.
There are lots of great options for lacing up your skates and hitting the ice. You can check out your local indoor arena for free skate times for something easy, close, and fun.
If you’re a city dweller, you can make a trip to the rink at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto and do some figure eights in front of the iconic, lighted Toronto sign. As another option, you could head for Ottawa and the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway.
Yet another option we love that’s rising in popularity is the ice skating trail. There are a few in the Muskoka area, including the one in Arrowhead Provincial Park, which is Ontario’s longest ice man-made ice trail. There’s also a 1.5 km skating trail at Fern Resort in Orillia and the Valens Lake skating trail opened recently in Hamilton.
Just make sure with any outdoor options, you check conditions first as we’ve been experiencing some mild conditions this year.
Stop hibernating and get out for nice wintery walk. Take the opportunity to explore a new park or trail and take in all the natural beauty winter has to offer. You can head out on foot in your warmest pair of boots, or even cross-country ski or snowshoe where the terrain allows. Check out the Ontario Tourism website or download their app for more snow adventure ideas.
Some days are just too cold and you want nothing more than to stay in your warm house. To avoid a bad case of cabin fever, try mixing it up with some new and engaging activities (your Netflix queue will still be there when you’re done). We love this list of 20 fun indoor games from Today’s Parent. The list is geared towards families, but some of them sound pretty fun for adults too (indoor bowling, anyone?). It’s also easy to imagine how some of these activities could translate for families or couples, like planning a brunch and board games Sunday.
What’s your favourite way to have fun in winter?
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