In late December I purchased new snowshoes to get me outdoors and keep me active in the winter. So far I have been out a dozen times and logged nearly fifty kilometers of snowshoeing. Snowfall was below normal in January which limited where I could go. We received about 10 cm total in two snowfalls in February. Now we have just enough snow to enjoy the sport.
I have been doing a mix of urban and out of town snowshoeing excursions. In the city, several parks have been explored. I have been to Kiwanis Park, Douglas Hill, Wascana Park, and the Science Centre. Day trips included Echo Valley Provincial Park, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, and Wakamow Valley in Moose Jaw. My favourite so far has been Buffalo Pound as the bike trails provide a variety of paths and challenges. I hope to visit Wascana Trails and White Butte in the next few weeks.
Engaging in outdoor sports is so much more than just the physical activity. Being outside is mentally, socially, and spiritually rewarding as well. It allows you to experience nature – diverse green spaces, scenery, animals, and cycles in nature. I have seen rabbits, ducks, owls, and birds on my adventures. The outdoors also affords us fresh air, sunlight, acclimatization and appreciation for our beautiful winter weather.
“Fields of diamonds
Glisten on frozen meadows
Perfect snowshoe day”