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Winter Activities on the Cheap: Creative Ideas to Get you through the Cold Season

It’s cold outside—not in a relative way, but in a definite one. No one could argue that -5 to -10 degrees celsius (that would be about 14 to 23 Fahrenheit) isn’t cold. Lots of snow everywhere adds to the -y feeling. When you want to do something other than imagine you’re hibernating under your bed covers, but don’t want to spend too much, try some of these ideas for activities:


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1) Actually, maybe giving in to your hibernating impulses isn’t such a bad idea. Invite the family or friends over for a movie night with plenty of snuggly blankets, comfort foods like baked goods, warm soup and hot cocoa and enjoy each others company inside.

2) Another fun inside activity is to try out a new recipe. True, my favourite time of year to cook is during summer, when there is an abundance of fresh veggies for cheap, but there are definitely other winter-time favourites that I could be creating. Baked goods are perfect for colder months, when the heat from the oven will be welcomed.

3) If the kids are getting restless and you’d rather not have them watch another episode of their favourite show on tv, work on a craft project together. What you choose to work on will depend on the age of your children and what they (and you) most enjoy doing. How about creating a photo book or collage of some of your favourite adventures from last year?


1) The Calgary Zoo is open year-round apart from 2 days when it is closed. I love going to the zoo  in winter when they have trees and lamp posts light up with lights—and during December/early January, there are special winter activities, shows and events. There are often coupons or discounts during winter, so if you can brave the cold for a bit, going to the zoo might be a good option for family fun. The Calgary Zoo has a lot of indoor spaces and fun restaurants/cafés to stop in to warm up and enjoy a relaxing meal.

2) Even in cities with mild winter weather, like Vancouver, public ice skating is set up downtown and people can rent skates for $3 or bring their own. There isn’t a fee for ice skating, so if you have your own ice skates, you can go down for a few hours. Similarly, many leisure centres have cheap skating times.

3) If you have a sled and a nearby hill —or want to create an homage to the Home Alone movie and set one up going down your staircase and out the front door—sledding can be a lot of fun.

4) Snowshoes can be purchased or rented for  a reasonable price and can be a fun way to go for a walk in a snow-covered park this winter.

Of course, there are many other things you can enjoy, like skiiing, but that is hardly cheap to do. I would have loved to take skiing lessons this winter, but perhaps next year when I save up some money.

What do you most enjoy doing during winter? What activities do you plan on enjoying this year?

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