Canadians know a thing or two about winter. It is not all about ice hockey pucks and skate boards at this time of year. In fact, we have been having a rather mild winter this year. February is usually the month where it gets worse before it gets better. While the cold can be exhilarating for a brisk winter hike, or snowmobiling. I am the first to curl up in front of a roaring fire.
I asked my teenage son for his thoughts on what Canadians love to do in the winter, “Go to Florida.” was the reply. What a Comedian? So for those of us who have teenage sons in their last year of high school and cannot get away to snow bird land (Florida), here are some exciting things that you can do in the Canadian winter.
Carnivals and Festivals
Most communities put on either a Winter carnival, festival or both. Check your local listings. These are usually family fun events. This time of year is usually a slow time for local artisans. Festivals give artists an opportunity to showcase their talents via exhibitions and lessons to an appreciative audience who have braved the cold to find some winter fun. The Alton Mill Arts Centre has an annual Fire and Ice Festival.
This is truly and amazing feat to watch. A huge chunk of crystal clear ice transformed before your eyes. The sculptors have to work quickly and skilfully and it is hard to see the design taking shape in this medium. Ice sculptors use various tools from a chain saws to ice picks, carving very intricate designs in ice. Try to catch some before they all melt away. Ottawa has some beautiful ice sculptures that are showcased in night lights.
They tell me that it is great fun warm really warm in the little huts, so I have to believe them.
When you have done all of the above grab a hot chocolate and sit by the fire.