We find ourselves midway through the first month of the year and although the temperature has lowered to a more seasonal level, the snow is still nowhere to be found….
As a huge fan of winter (of all 4 seasons really), I found myself wondering how to keep moving through this unusual season.
So what do you do in the winter when the snow does not show up? How to do you stay active and motivated when traditional winter sports are not quite doable yet?
Norfolk County has so much to offer. It’s about opening yourself up to possibilities and improvising!
Here are 4 fun filled activities that will keep you moving for the next month:
Hiking is truly an all season activity and Norfolk does not lack amazing trails for you to visit. As long as you bundle up, you can have a blast spending time in our beautiful Carolinian Forest. Challenge yourself to hike a certain number of kilometers this season to keep you active.
Not sure where to start??Seriously every corner of this county has well groomed trails to offer. In the north of the county, get on the Waterford Heritage Trail. To the east, visit the Lynn Valley Trail. To the south, visit the Long Point Provincial Park for fantastic hiking and don’t miss out on the west of our county with a visit to the Jackson-Gunn Old Growth Forest. Gain access to this location from the Lower Sideroad between Regional Road 28 and the 4th Concession.
2. Fat biking
Fat biking is tons of fun in the snow but can totally be a blast on the dirt too!
The Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club trails are open all year long. The conditions provided by the club on Sunday January 13th, 2019 indicated that the trails are excellent!. “Trails are riding great. No snow or ice. Frozen solid with lots of traction.”
Do I need to say more?
Biking in January!! Why not!
Paul at Elevation Mountain Bike Coaching and Camps has a large fleet of Rocky Mountain Fat Bikes. Rent one for a few hours or book a lesson or a tour with him. Gather your spouse or your friend and create memories you are not soon to forget.
Walking is another enjoyable activity we can do regardless of the ground conditions. I was out walking at Turkey Point Beach last week and we had a blast! Beach walking in the winter can be a serene experience. Totally different scene then the summer beach days, that’s for sure! In both Turkey Point and Long Point, there are various beach access points where you can park for free. This is a great opportunity to be mindful as you capture the lovely scenery. Take time to notice colors, shapes, movement…great exercise for physical and mental health.
I know it’s chilly out there. I am a northern girl and love that crispy winter feeling. “It’s too cold” is an excuse I hear on a regular basis. Have you tried with the right clothing? If you bundle up in layers, you can find joy in the cold. When you are underdressed, it’s another story….
If you don’t feel up to braving the winter, get walking indoors! The County runs a weekly program in both Port Dover and Simcoe that you can attend for the low cost of $2 per visit! In Port Dover meet at the Community Centre every Monday or Wednesday between 10am and 12pm. In Simcoe, make your way to the Aud on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday again between 10am and 12pm.
Skating provides entertainment for the whole family. Whether you decide to be on blades or on wheels, Norfolk has options for you! This Friday, January 18th, the Roller Derby Girls are hosting their monthly Skate night from 6 to 10 pm at the Aud in Simcoe. It’s only $5.00 to get in! No roller skates? No problem! Rentals are available for $3.50. Enjoy great music with your family and friends and skate the night away.
Each local arena offers ice skating at time a year. Find adult sessions, parents and tots and public skating on a weekly basis. The Norfolk County Parks and Recreation department is your best connection to find out what’s being offered. Check out the online guide or tune in to their Facebook page to get all the information you need to stay active this winter.
On February 3rd, I am co-hosting “Frosty Experience” at Burning Kiln Winery. This will be an exciting outdoor day for the whole family! Snow or not, we are ready to host you and get your body moving. You will have a chance to try a variety of winter activities and sample some great local wine. Sound like a win? Join us!
I invite you to get off the couch and explore what Norfolk County has to offer. Explore the trails, the beaches and local events. Spend time outdoors connecting to nature and with yourself!
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.