Do you feel like it’s the same old boring thing year after year? After the beauty of Fall fades, the next frigid season creeps in slowly. A season that makes some of the world’s most resilient animals think, ‘Yeah, no, gonna sleep through this one!’ I’m talking about winter.
Winter makes us feel the need to bury ourselves under every blanket in the house, turn on the fireplace, and debate whether letting your kids watch TV for the next five months straight is reasonable. Anyone with me? I haven’t always been the biggest fan of winter, and my fiancé is even less impressed than I am with this long season.
Unfortunately (but also fortunately), my five-year-old child tends to set the stage for my family’s daily activities, so… outside we go! He has truly helped me warm my relationship with old man winter. Greatly. I’ve come to love it! So, I’m going to spend the next little while trying to convince you. While winter isn’t the easiest season to tolerate, it can be one of the most fun! Believe me?
Safety first! First, let’s quickly touch on safety. Safety while enjoying the outdoors is always important, but I would say it’s the most critical during winter with all of the ice, snow, and darkness (I know… I’m selling it. Please keep reading!). I’ll keep it short. I strongly suggest you check the forecast and over-pack with many layers and backups if you’re heading out. If your kiddo is typically unimpressed with the cold weather, bringing hand and foot warmers can help keep them toasty - and you happy!
Winter fun in your backyard
Let’s realistically assume you’re not going on long-distance adventures every weekend. (More likely, your kids are going stir crazy stuck in the house, begging to make a fort with all of the couch cushions for the fifth time - but who's counting?!)
If you’re looking to keep the winter fun on your property, here are a few tried-and-true ideas to have a blast out in the snow:
Winter fun out and about
If you’ve made it this far, I’m pleased! I’ve saved the best for last. My family loves getting out of our backyard as much as possible and although everyone may not have access to a wilderness cabin, you don’t need one to explore winter’s wonders!
These ideas can be done in your neighborhood, a local park, or winter campground:
Well, friends, that’s about it. I hope these ideas are helpful - or at the very least, piqued your interest enough to put on woolly socks and give winter a shot. We’re all in the same boat here in Alberta, and I think it’s important to try and make the best out of this very cold situation - especially since the animals are the only ones lucky enough to hibernate, so we might as well do something, right?
Carrie is a medical laboratory scientist, mother, writer, and amateur photographer in Edmonton, who is usually found exploring the outdoors with her family. She also loves to connect with like-minded adventurers. Check out her blog, thatoutdoorsyfamily.com, or connect with her on Instagram @__carrielynnn. Article and photo were originally published on the blog, albertamamas.com.
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