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Getting outdoors in the winter is only ever appealing to a certain kind of Canadian—those who play Olympic winter sports and those who would like to someday. With that in mind, maybe the trick to enjoying being outside in the cold is actually participating in these winter sports. Here are a few you can try this winter to test the theory yourself.

Skiing is a great option for those who want to try something new without much of a risk. Cross country skiing is low impact and easy for those new to the sport. And if you’re looking for a slower build to a little more excitement, you can start out on the baby hills before moving up to the larger ones. Take a lesson from a professional, and you’ll be loving it in no time.

The more thrilling brother to skiing, snowboarding is an even larger challenge. However, the footing of snowboarding might suit you better than the feel of two long skis. It’s worth trying both to find out for sure.

While ice skating is a beloved Canadian pastime, more often than not, we grow out of it as we get older. Take the time to get out on the ice rink, and winter might instantly become much more enjoyable. Just remember to dress appropriately and look for rinks that are less packed when you’re starting out. Getting cut off by fast skaters can be scary when you’re new to the ice. If team sports are more your thing, consider joining a recreational hockey league.

Ice Fishing
As Canadian as it may be, ice fishing isn’t something that many Canadians seem to have tried in their life unless they’re regular fishermen. It’s almost as calm and relaxing as regular fishing, so if you’re looking for something to ease your stress this winter, it might be the right choice.