Winter Family Fun

Photos and Story submitted by Linsey De Ruysscher

Winter is hands down one of the prettiest seasons! And winter in Hastings County? Just wow! Not only does everything look beautiful covered in snow, but there are so many activities to enjoy in this area during the winter. From ice fishing, to snowmobiling, to skating, skiing and tobogganing - it really is a fun season.

Now, I’m not overly fond of cold weather, but I do love snow. I absolutely LOVE the sight of freshly fallen snow and that quiet calm that goes along with it.  And when you have two young children who get excited at even the mention of snow…there is absolutely no way you can’t enjoy it when you see how happy it makes them. It’s safe to say that our two boys love all things related to snow. They spend every day after school in our backyard building snowmen, making snow angels, and playing on our mini snow hill. Even when it was -20, they still insisted on playing outside. (I’m not that brave. I waved from the window.)

So, when a PA Day pops up in February and you have two winter-loving boys in your house to entertain…what do you do? You plan a day full of winter fun of course!

We bundled up in our warmest winter gear and headed toward Tweed! Our first stop was The Great Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail. It is the longest recreational trail in the WORLD, and we have access to it right here in Hastings County. How awesome is that?!

 Welcome to Tweed

The Great Trail is connected from coast to coast, and in the spring and summer months you can walk or bike the trail, but in the winter – you can walk, snow shoe, cross-country ski or take a snowmobile ride along the trail. We decided to walk a section of the Trail. It was a beautiful cold and sunny day and we had the trail all to ourselves. The boys ran up and down the trail, threw snowballs at us, and had a blast exploring.

 Winter Trail



 Winter Trail

Trail Sign

After our wintery walk, we took the boys to a public skate at the Tweed Arena. They usually have FREE public skates on PA Days, and I know there are a couple more coming up on March Break. Our guys love skating, and if you have boys in your house, you probably already know that pretty much EVERYTHING is a competition. So naturally, they raced each other around the rink, chased each other endlessly, and they also had fun with the other skaters.

 Skating Rink

We had a blast getting outside and enjoying the winter season with our boys. With Family Day coming up, it’s a great time to plan a day to enjoy some winter fun! Hastings County not only has plenty of winter activities you can do at your own pace, (The Great Trail, tobogganing hills, public skates, etc.) but there are also lots of winter festivals and events you can check out too, for example check out the Tweed Winter Carnival this weekend.

Stay tuned to the Hastings County blog for more great family fun ideas in the area, and to find out where Linsey and her family will be wandering to next! (Hint: It MAY involve maple…)

Story and photographs by Linsey De Ruysscher

Linsey De Ruysscher bio pic

As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Linsey enjoys making memories with her family hiking on new trails and discovering new hidden attractions along the way. If there is a river to be paddled, they'll be there!

Learn more about Linsey through her bio, as well as for a link to the other adventures she has shared with us. You can also read about our other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County.


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