The other day, I read an article listing the wonderful things Canadian families could do together during the winter months. The list included: ice fishing, snow tubing, ice skating in Ottawa, ice hockey, building snow structures, visiting winter festivals in Quebec...and my two favourites: stay in an "igloo" and go dog sledding.
All right, so I have had many Canadian adventures...but none of them included igloos or dog sleds.
|Through the marsh...|
dog sled with which to travel.)
Inspired by the deep freeze...my husband thought it would be fun to take a trip over the frozen lake behind our home. With my children and nieces and nephews, he led us on our first winter wilderness journey.
|My daughter and nieces on the trek...|
I have never seen children...on a two hour hike... smile as much as these 9 children smiled today. They, too, had never travelled through a world of ice. In addition, there were other benefits, just think of it:
- no one was hot
- no one was thirsty (if they were they could eat the snow)
- no one complained and wanted to stop too long (chance of frost bite might set in)
|trying to see beneath the ice...|
What began as an band of reluctant small travellers, soon turned into an afternoon of excitement and wonder...and I hope many good memories, too.
So, to your list of many winter activities...igloos and dog sleds aside...I hope you add...an afternoon hike like ours...just a simple walk through an icy landscape.
|walking across the lake...|
|Our brave trekkers|