By David Janeson
If your perfect vacation means walking a sandy beach in warm sunshine, you’re right — it’s a perfect vacation. But, have you thought of taking a winter vacation? Not a winter vacation where you travel to the tropics, but a vacation where you embrace the cold weather and enjoy the fun cold weather and snow have to offer?
Offseason vacations have lots of advantages over summer. Travel and accommodations typically cost less and destinations aren’t crowded.
Winter vacations give you a chance to enjoy the great outdoors in a different way, too. If you’re ready for a whole new experience, take a look at what a winter vacation has in store.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
If you love to hike trails in the summer, you’ll discover a whole new world on many of those same trails in the winter. Cross-country skiing is the perfect way to experience nature’s winter beauty.
Another winter hiking option is snowshoeing down the trails.
“Most people learn to walk with snowshoes quickly, making it ideal for those who want to get out and go without a steep learning curve.” — David Janeson
Gull Harbour and many other resorts offer groomed trails and winter accommodations for those who want to enjoy nature’s winter beauty and a warm fire and comfy bed at the end of the day.
If you love to fish in summer, wait until you try it in the winter. Be warned, however — ice fishing is addictive. You’ll want to spend all your free time out on the ice once you’ve tried it.
Ice fishing equipment and protective gear have come a long way, and that’s part of the reason ice fishing is such a great winter activity. Another reason is the fish. Perch, bluegill and walleyes are just a few of the fish you could catch.
Ice skating is the perfect winter family activity. It gets the kids out of the house and is a wonderful way to exercise and enjoy physical activity in the winter. Again, many summer resorts, including Gull Harbour, provide family accommodations and ice skating opportunities.
Many winter trails are specifically groomed for snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is the perfect group activity. Gather your friends, pack a lunch and see the woods as you’ve never seen them before.
Visit a National Park
Most national parks offer wintertime activities and programs for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bike riding over winter trails. Many parks feature winter programs with guided tours. Family activities, such as winter carnivals and stargazing events are scheduled throughout the winter season.
Winter vacations give you a golden opportunity to experience the beauty of nature and its wonders in an entirely new way. You’ll discover new ways to recharge and renew.
And, after a winter getaway or two, you may find that your idea of a perfect vacation changed from sand to snow.
David Janeson owns Gull Harbour Marina, a seasonal lakeside resort on beautiful Hecla Island, Manitoba.