1. Ice Fishing
If you enjoy hunting, even in the dead of winter, try ice fishing! A hole is made with an auger or ice pick and then it’s time to sit in a serene and quiet landscape of white, waiting for a fish to bite. Ice fishing can be a dangerous activity. For example on Lake Ontario, winds sometimes break off big patches of ice, stranding the fishers on the lake and currents can weaken the structure in certain places, making it dangerous to stand on.
I like to bundle up and adventure into the back country on a snowmobile. It’s easy to learn and doesn’t require years of experience to carve trails into fresh powder and conquer snowy hills. Still, it’s a brisk activity requiring comfortable and durable gear, such as a Klim Snowmobile Jacket, to keep you warm. While this is a fast and furious winter activity, one can take it slow as well, cruising through the landscape at a sightseeing speed.
I learned how to ski as a little girl, my parents strapped skis to my feet as soon as I could walk. Ever since, I’ve been addicted to the combination of speed, skill and being on a mountain peak in the sun, watching the cloud cover below. Skiing is hands down my favourite winter sport and after a couple runs, I always like to go for a hot beverage in one of the huts, chatting with other skiers, before I head back out to the slopes.
4. Dog Sledding
Although I’m a cat person, seeing the incredible skill of sled dogs in action is the perfect winter adventure. Before snowmobiles became reliable, a lot depended on coordinated sled dog teams to transport supplies in the arctic regions. The dogs are a team, training together all year round for speed and endurance. Nothing beats racing with the animals through the pristine landscape of the Canadian Rockies at up to 45km/h.
If you already like hiking, snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity for you, and all it requires is a bit of endurance and a sense of adventure. The levels of difficulties vary, ranging from flat trails to climbing high peaks, therefore this activity can be enjoyed by everyone who has any inkling of athleticism. It’s a slower activity, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the landscape and take photos.