Guest blog by Jen Johnson.
One of the best things about living in Ontario is having such easy access to the outdoors. With all of that beauty so close at hand, winter doesn’t have to mean hunkering down and hibernating. Save those cozy quarters and a roaring fire to warm up your toes after an invigorating day of cross-country skiing.
A couple of weeks ago my family was getting itchy to find some outdoor fun. We took a day off and grabbed our skis and headed to Kolapore Uplands Ski Trails near Collingwood. That’s the beauty of Nordic skiing, no elaborate plans, scheduling or lift passes necessary. Spontaneity can be an awesome ingredient in an adventure.
We needed some laughs and a laid back day after the busy holiday season, so we slept in and arrived just after lunch. After loading up a couple of daypacks with snacks, water, extra mittens and our map, we headed out into the stunning forest landscape.
The air was crisp and had that clean cold smell that only winter offers. And when the sun decided to pop out its head, the snow sparkled and shone for us. We laughed and laughed as we tried to find our snow legs but were soon shooshing like old pros.
As we found our way back to the parking lot we were wishing that we had more time, but were thrilled that we had managed to steal a day mid-week to have the woods all to ourselves. Adults and kids alike need a rejuvenating break every once in a while.
You can be as keen or as casual about cross-country skiing as you want to be. Put in some time and plan a longer trip, sleeping over in a tent, yurt, cabin or B&B. Or make a last minute decision to pop out on the local trails for a sweet afternoon get-away. There is plenty of winter left and the trails are waiting for you.
To discover lots of great cross-country skiing adventures, visit ontariotravel.net/outdoor
Meet the Blogger:
Jen Johnson has worked in the outdoor industry at Mountain Equipment Co-op for the last 18 years. She and her husband, Fraser, trip regularly with their two sons Luke 11 and Zach 8. When not paddling, hiking or skiing Ontario’s beautiful backcountry, you can find Jen writing for backcountrywiththekids.com.