Wind and snow will leave children with lots of energy to disburse and little place to use it… That is, unless you love the great outdoors! This weather is no match for snowsuits and snowshoes. Bundle up the children and go burn some energy on one of the many snowshoe trails that run through provincial parks and city parks as well.
Algonquin Park is the perfect place for a day of exploring. Take the Logging Museum Trail for a walk past a steam-powered tug and a caboose camp. This 1.3 kilometer trail provides history and exercise all in one place. For those seeking more solitude and a longer trek, the Old Railway Trail is 16 kilometers one-way. While it is longer, it is easy for children to traverse with its solid packed route and fairly level walking surface. The whole family can enjoy snowshoeing this trail. Look for Black-backed woodpeckers, boreal chickadees and gray jays as you travel. You may also see moose and wolf tracks as well as foxes and martins.
Do you want to stroll under the stars? Gatineau Park is just a few minutes from downtown Ottawa. 60 km of trails from easy to difficult are here to challenge you. From the Visitor Centre you can access two easy trails, making this perfect for families with small children. Day shelters with fire-pits, picnic tables and outhouses make this a safe place to snowshoe. For more challenge, try the trails at Meech Lake or Wakefield.
Whistler, British Columbia is also a fantastic spot to get away from it all. You can enjoy the silence of old forests with nothing but the sound of your snowshoes on the powder. If you want to go faster, enter the Yeti, a snowshoe race. End your walk with hot cocoa and laughs.
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