As adults we often forget what we used to love about winter when we were kids - when winter meant going outside and playing until you couldn't feel your nose or your toes.
It's time to put a little fun back into winter, to try something new, and to find something you love and embrace it.
1. Skating at the Halifax Emera Oval. Remember that feeling of skating on a local pond or on that outdoor rink that your friend’s dad made in their awesome backyard? You'd skate for hours. There is something wonderful about skating outdoors - the feeling of the fresh air on your face as you zip around. Halifax has fallen in love with its skating Oval, so much so that it has become a permanent fixture in our downtown core. If you have never skated before, or even if you forget how, now is your chance to give it a whirl and maybe even a twirl again. If you don't have skates or a helmet, you can borrow them at the Oval for free. You can take a lesson in skating or even speed skating - also for free! Now is a great time to get back on those skates again!
Special Event: Dig out your Batman costume or even your Zena Warrior Princess get up and check out Family Superhero and Princess Day on February 15 – a skate with your favourite heroes and princesses. Be sure to dress up too!.
2. Love hiking? Give snowshoeing a try! A little snow shouldn’t hold you back from exploring a new trail in a place you have never been. In fact, those snow covered trees are so beautiful they can make you feel as though you've transported to a fantasy land. Think Narnia. Hike Nova Scotia has some great tips for getting out there, including where to rent snow shoes and where to find trails. If you prefer to do a guided hike/snowshoe, partners across Nova Scotia have teamed up to provide group hikes/snowshoe adventures.
Great Snowshoeing Packages:
- Snowshoeing in the Tobeatic
- Snowshoeing weekend Chalet Getaway at Amherst Shore Country Inn
- Guided Tours at Cabot Trail Adventures
- Snow Much Fun at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
3. Take a sleigh ride. When you were a kid, did you wonder what it would be like to go dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh? Well now you can with Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures or Ross Farm Museum. It's great to do as a family, but it's fun for grown ups too.
Looking for a little more speed and adventure? How about zipping through the woods with Snowpak Dogsledding Adventures?
4. Check out those Eagles. Okay, these ones aren't the ones in the Superbowl. If you loved to go to the zoo as a kid, this is one event that will make your heart soar. At Sheffield Mills in Annapolis Valley, spectators witness magnificent eagles as they are fed in an open field at the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains roads during the annual Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch. It's a great opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close in their own habitat. Grab your camera and bring your appetite, the community will feed you too. Pop by the community centre for a pancake breakfast to warm you up when you come in from the cold.
5. Go on an Easter Egg Hunt…and Wine Tour?! Wine and chocolate – two of our favourite things. Go North Tours has created the ultimate easter egg hunt for grown ups! That's because it spans across three vineyards – Grand Pre Winery, Gaspereau Vineyards and Planters Ridge Winery. Best of all, the winner with the most chocolate at the end, gets a bottle of wine at the end!
6. Do some Arts and Crafts. Remember how much you loved arts and crafts in school? White Point Beach Resort has introduced a series of classes guaranteed to bring out your inner artist. A Brush with Good Cheer brings local artists and local spirits together. You can marvel at winter in the waves crashing upon the beach, while you sit inside the cozy lodge. You'll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the perfect setting to help inspire you concoct your best creation.
First up - your chance to create a surf piece with artist Roger Savage.