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Put your best foot forward

   Most of us know how to buy shoes that fit. You choose a pair you like and ask for your size. Put them on and walk around the store to make sure your toes have wiggle room and the heels aren’t slopping up and down.

   We’re comfortable enough with this process so we use it for more specialized footwear, and it doesn’t always work.

   Ottawa Outdoors went looking for advice from local cycling, rock climbing, cross-country ski and snowshoe departments – how do you get the right fit for footwear that isn’t designed for walking? These tips are guidelines. Combine them with talking to a sales expert and walk out with footwear that will encourage – not squelch – passion for your sport. Start by telling that sales pro your level of experience and expertise, whatever the sport. READ MORE

DID YOU KNOW?   The National Capital Greenbelt has more than 150 kilometres of cross-country ski trails through green space, farms, forests and wetlands. Begun in the 1950s, its purpose was to protect the rural land bordering the Capital from haphazard urban sprawl. It has evolved over the years and today is the largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world. (www.canadascapital.gc.ca)

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For the active outdoor enthusiast who wants to take a winter picnic is a great cure for cabin fever and a happy contrast to last summer’s beach

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Hit the slopes with kids in tow

Planning ensures a hassle-free ski day

If you’re nervous about skiing with your children, get over it. A little ski-forethought goes a long way toward a good day on the slopes for everyone.
Start by picking a family-friendly hill or resort – most of them are – and bring along a sitter if you can. If you can’t bring a sitter, go with another family, so parents can take turns watching the kids in the chalet while the rest get more ski-time.
Before you leave, check your gear. Starting with the idea that one-piece snowsuits are bad news for trips to the bathroom. That said, if your gear is in good working order and fits properly – especially boots – there won’t be any bad surprises.  

All it takes is a little planning

You need to know the weather and what’s available as a picnic site locally. If the weather forecast is iffy, pick somewhere close to home (too much snow, sleet or wind can be miserable or dangerous). Otherwise any park, farm, orchard, hiking trail or beach will do. When in doubt, the backyard is a good plan B. READ MORE



3/4 cup sugar

- 3/4 cup water

- 1 packet Kool Aid

- Clean snow to eat 

1. Combine sugar and water in a medium pot, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

2. Reduce heat and let simmer 3 minutes until sugar is all dissolved.

3. Remove from heat and sprinkle Kool Aid over top.

4. Stir for 1–2 minutes to combine completely.

5. Pour into a glass container and place in fridge to chill.

6. Place a good scoop of clean snow in a cup or mug.

7. Drizzle syrup overtop (1–2 tbsp) and enjoy.

outings and backyard barbecues. It’s easier than you think – just as easy as a summer picnic – and super fun.


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A winter picnic is a great cure for cabin fever and a happy contrast to last summer’s beach outings and backyard barbecues. It’s easier than you think – just as easy as a summer picnic – and super fun.


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Snow is enough fun for a picnic

To use your Ontario Outdoor 2014 Adventure Calendar it’s easy as 123!

1. Pick a month
2. Choose an Adventure
3. Book it and Go!

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