Now is the time, when you’re young and free, a time to learn a skill and a time to play. This is the time of your life. An adventure is here, it’s waiting for you, an all Canadian sport that is precious to us. Play! For the time of your life, play! The great Canadian wild beacons to us, the ice is here, it’s strong enough, grab your skates, your hockey sticks, a proud sports hero might come of this. Play! The air is chilly the ice is thick, the ducks have flown and the quiet of winter is calling to us. The world has changed in this frigid climate, the bears are denned, the dear retreat, the goose have flown and soon the snow will pile high. Now is the time for ice skating on the lakes, hockey and fun, chilly with hot chocolate on a chilly fall day, refreshing and cool, we can play for hours in this quiet pre-Christmas time.
Each season has it specialties, but the month of November is so underrated. The doldrums of grey, which is not yet winter, but cold and dreary. The trees have dropped their leaves, the harvest is in, the pantry is full and the feast is over. Snow is in the mountains now, with rain in the valley, but freezing overnight, to keep the ice solid. It’s the early season start to a great Canadian winter. Still warm enough for lighter coats, but chilly enough for snow. It’s a time for baking and winter shopping, Christmas is coming and find a tree. November is grey, but the ice is here,bringing it’s winter sports to us in an exciting and refreshing and spirited way.
On these chilly autumn days, when the ice is clear, you can see to the bottom of the lake, to view the lake foliage, sometime swimming fish, sand, rocks and weeds. A new perspective or a simple pleasure, ice skating is a superb pastime for sport and fun. It’s early in life that we learn these skills, how to skate, pass a puck, hold a hockey stick,be a part of a team. That’s it! Be a part of a team!
Come out all of you, come out to play, the frost and the ice are calling you. Bring your helmets and your skates, we need you for the team. From the time that you were a little tot the ice has called your name. The outdoor skating rink is one of winter’s finest feats of sporting pleasure. To glide on the ice, to try tricks and spins, to enjoy the company of friends and family. This cool dreary November has become a dazzling delight, of fresh fallen snow, ice and sport, hockey and friends.
We move with ease from one season to another, each with it’s great outdoor specialties and indoor charm. We’re thrilled with the enthusiasm for the November chill, it only gets better from here.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
November 26, 2017