Winter Wonderful


Having made a New Year’s resolution to spend more ‘fun’ time with my family, I’ve been browsing the fun winter activities for the family posted on
Since I live in Toronto, I am going to take my family to the Dufferin Grove Park Arena for some skating. From the description, the rink is family friendly, allowing strollers and chairs for the little ones. And if you’re looking for a little post-skate snack, apparently they serve organic beef hotdogs, mini pizzas, soups, chocolate oatmeal cookies and fair-trade coffee. There are rentals on hand (in case I leave a skate or two behind—it’s been known to happen!) and for those of you with kids under seven, they provide free helmets. Sounds like skatin’ heaven.

If you find yourself in Ottawa this winter, you should definitely head to Rideau Canal Skateway. It’s great place for the whole family to skate—the world’s longest skating rink. And that’s perfect for any kid, since they seem to have an endless supply of energy. I hope one year to make it to Ottawa for their famous Winterlude.

And if you can bear the extreme cold in Winnipeg, the Spring Hill Winter Park is for you. With an assortment of winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing and more, the park is just 15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg, so it’s not far to escape to a winter wonderland. They also offer night-time skiing, is a treat for those looking for an excuse to stay up a little later than bedtime.

But even if your family isn’t into winter sports, check out the sleighrides at Horse Back Adventures in the Guelph/Waterloo area. Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery Guelph provides, you can also chose to extend the ride because, unlike other sleigh rides, you can stay out for over an hour, if it’s not busy and if you dress warm enough.

So grab your favorite pair of thermals, your best pair of warm boots and a thermos of hot chocolate! And make sure to share your winter wonderful activities on


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