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Winter activities close to home

Be a tourist in your own community and take advantage of the winter activities that many volunteers supply to the area.

UNITY – During the winter months, many people like to hunker down in their homes. With limited access to fresh air and direct sunlight, the chances of developing some degree of seasonal depression are possible. With limitations regarding below-freezing temperatures and windchills, our local communities do provide both indoor and outdoor options to get out of the house and socialize with others.

Most of the communities in the readership area have the beloved ODR (outdoor rink). On an average year, this is the hot spot for skaters who can’t always access free skating time at the local indoor rinks. The indoor rinks are usually busy with skating lessons, hockey practices or games, so having 24-hour access opens up the opportunity for anyone to get a little ice time. Each town has volunteers who look after putting the boards up and tear them down in the spring. Although the wait for ice this year was longer than anticipated, skaters and shinny players alike are happy the surfaces are ready.

Another activity most communities offer during the winter is a safe place for avid walkers to get their steps in without worrying about getting cold or slipping on ice. Each community opens up their community centres for anyone who is looking for an area to walk freely and at their own pace.

Some individuals have also found new ways to explore the area by way of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Macklin Lake Cross-Country Ski Club has been grooming trails throughout the regional park as well as providing some rental equipment since February 2021. With close to four kilometres of trail, cross-country skiers and snowshoers are always welcome.

For those who prefer to stay indoors, most communities have volunteers who organize sports such as recreational volleyball, basketball and pickleball. These sports are non-competitive as they are ways to break out from the mundane day-to-day.

Lastly, those who are interested in trying out curling are always welcome to the local curling clubs. Each community with a curling rink is consistently looking for new curlers. Regardless of skill level, the clubs are happy to accommodate anyone.

So, if you are looking for a way to get out and find something fun to do, our communities have a plethora of activities that could fit your needs. For more information on what is available in your community, reach out to your town office.