Winter can be so much fun once you find activities that you enjoy!
I absolutely love to spend time with my family outdoors at this time of year. It is exciting to try new ways to be active!
Norfolk County tends to have fairly mild winters but so far this year, we are in for a cold one! Don’t let that stop you from getting out and being active.
Let go of hibernation and come play outside in Norfolk!
What is there to do? So much more than you think!
1. Ice Fishing
Lake Erie offers fantastic fishing all year long. We are in luck this season as the cold weather allows the local outfitters to offer an adventure you don’t want to miss!
Ice fishing allows you to spend a fun day outdoors with a nice warm spot to warm as often as you can.
Unless you are a seasoned winter fishing person, I suggest reaching out to one of our local providers. They will rent you a hut, take you out, dig your holes and provide bait.
The temperatures have been cold so make sure to dress in layers. Your hut will keep you warm, but travelling to and from can be bitter.
While you are out, take in the sights! Walk around and breathe in the fresh air. My kids enjoyed playing out on the ice and snow and then warming up with some hot chocolate in the heat of the hut when we tried ice fishing a few weeks ago.
2. Fat Biking
With its incredible trail network, Norfolk County is truly an amazing place to ride in the winter. The Turkey Point Mountain Bike Trail Club grooms many trails to make mountain biking accessible all year long!
Riding through the woods in the winter is a blast. As the ride tends to be slower, get ready to soak up the amazing scenery of our unique Carolinian forest.
Warm gear is key to your enjoyment of the outdoors. The warm packs really help in the boots and mitts to truly enjoy this winter activity. Before you know it, your heart rate is up and your body will be warm. Dress in thin layers and enjoy a beautiful winter day.
Need a fat bike to crush through the trails? Reach out to Elevation Mountain Bike Coaching to rent your wheels or book a tour.
When Mother Nature brings a lot of snow, snowshoeing is one of my favorite winter exercises. It is an enjoyable activity for the whole family! There are so many spots in Norfolk County to explore. The trails from Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco Adventures are a lot of fun or visit Backus Woods for a lovely winter afternoon.
Wildlife in Norfolk is amazing. Once you are out, take time to look for tracks. You are likely to spot many different ones. Look for deer, raccoon, squirrel and even wild turkey tracks!
The variety of birds also takes your snowshoeing experience to a new level. Take time to listen in and record how many species you can identify. Bringing a bird book or using a cool app can really help step up your birding experience. Try iBird Pro, the BirdsEye or the Audubon Field Guide.
Plan a fun day sledding with friends and family. This is a great way to be active during the winter. The climb back up the hill is very likely to increase your heart rate! Sledding is a low cost activity that makes everyone smile.
So many spots to hit in Norfolk. Share your favorite spot in the comments!
So get off the couch and start exploring Norfolk County. Don’t be too attached to results and just have fun being outdoors! I encourage you to post your pictures of you being active in Norfolk by using the hashtag #GoNorfolk. Empower others to move in Ontario’s Garden!
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.