No snow? No problem: enjoying the Canadian winter...
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Jan 21, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

No snow? No problem: enjoying the Canadian winter without snow

Metroland Media

Has your local weather unseasonably warm? Dry? And relatively snow-free? If you’re a winter person and missing out on some of your favourite winter activities due to weather conditions, fear not – there are plenty of fun things you can do without the snow.

Stay active

winter walk

While you and your kids may not be able to toboggan, ski, or snow-tube this winter, that doesn’t mean that you go into hibernation until spring. There are plenty of ways to keep moving, even without your favourite snow sport. Skating is one winter activity that can be done even without snow. Manmade rinks and arenas offer public skating either free or for a small fee. Kids can also still play hockey, or figure skate as part of local recreation programs.

Staying active without snow is actually easier in many ways! If there’s no snow, sidewalks, walkways, streets, and driveways will be clear and safe to walk or run on. Take the family for a nice brisk walk, or take the kids to the park if it’s not too cold or muddy, and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

Indoor activities


Being indoors doesn’t mean you have a free pass to sit on the couch the whole time. There are tonnes of family-friendly indoor attractions all across Ontario to see! If your children are looking for some fun and excitement, check out indoor water parks, play centres, trampoline parks, laser tag facilities, indoor go-karting tracks, miniature golf centres, bowling alleys, and more!

Learn something


If you’d rather your family exercise their minds, perhaps a fun and educational trip is in order! Visit an aquarium, zoo, museum, science centre, historical site, or one of the many tourist attractions Ontario cities, towns, and regions have to offer. Learn more about the past, present, and future through art, history, architecture, science, and the natural world.

You can travel to see some of these sites, but maybe take the time this winter to explore the local attractions you’ve never seen before. Visit your hometown’s tourism office or website for ideas and suggestions.

Even if the winter is looker more green than white, there’s still a lot to do with your family, even if a weekend at the ski lodge isn’t one of them. Time spent together is never wasted!

Originally published on on January 8, 2016.

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