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Take Advantage of February 29th – It Only Comes Once Every Four Years!

| February 15, 2016 | 4 Comments

As 2016 is a leap year, I challenge you all: take advantage of the extra day! Try something you’ve never done before as a family and enjoy your time together by embracing the great Canadian Winter. For those living in the Ottawa-Outaouais region, we have created a guide that includes 16 winter family events and activities that you take part with your children.

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It seems that as a mom I am always so busy working, cleaning the house, doing the laundry and grocery shopping that these days, I am expected to be in five places at once and juggle the weight of the world and there just simply aren’t enough hours in a day. Can I please have 4 more hours, minimum!

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It’s definitely important to take the time during the winter months to go outside and enjoy exciting winter activities with your family.

The 3 winter activities below are my favourites:

Go snowshoeing: Chances are, you’re not too far from a national park or scenic trail that is optimal for snowshoeing. Snowshoes have come a long way from the tennis racket-esque versions you’re probably expecting and are often available to rent from national parks or adventure stores. It’s a great way to take in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery – not to mention it’s great exercise and your kids will love the novelty of floating on top of the snow! 

Build a snow cave: It’s also likely that there are ample amounts of snow not too far away – or even in your own backyard. Building a snow cave is a simple cold-day activity. Make sure you have enough shovels for the whole family – it’s a team effort. Once the structure is complete, let it harden for a few hours and then create an entrance way and hollow it out. If it’s big enough, you can even carve out snow benches inside! Grab your snow pants and chill out – literally – with a cup of hot chocolate to add warmth. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to build one this year due to lack of snow, but still 2 more months of winter, so there might be hope!

Visit somewhere new: Canada is chalk-full of amazing winter destinations featuring everything from scenic ski resorts to lively festivals. Whether it’s teaching the kids to skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, taking part in the Quebec Winter Carnival festivities, skiing at the beautiful Lake Louise Ski Resort, or visiting the Northwest Territories to take in the northern lights, find something your family will enjoy and will remember for years to come.  

Trying something brand new will not only be different and exciting, but will also break up the monotonous schedules we adhere to when juggling work and family. Getting outside is also great for your health!

What are your favourite winter activities?

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. AD says:

    My fave winter activities are snowboarding, snowshoeing and winter survival training; the boys love these too. Getting outdoors I find is the best physical fitness and mental health routine.

  2. Wanda Tracey says:

    My winter favorites are snow shoeing, sliding and visiting the Rideau Canal in Ottawa for the ice capades.

  3. kathy downey says:

    When i was younger i enjoyed the outdoors but now i hate the cold

  4. Nate says:

    Great idea to take advantage of this extra day

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