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Sometimes you have to sit down and make actual plans to get outside and have some winter fun. Although tempting to enjoy your cozy home and a cup of hot chocolate, some winter exercise will cure any potential winter blues.

You can skate on the Lift Lock Canal

Thanks to the City of Peterborough and the Trent Severn Waterway, free public skating is available below the Peterborough Life Lock – weather permitting of course! The City floods the ice when needed to ensure it is as smooth as possible. Skate with your family or join in a game of hockey with your friends. Just be sure to check the flag that indicates the current ice conditions. 

You can also check out the Kawartha NOW website to find out which rinks and arenas are offering public skating.


KawarthaNOW file photo.

Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2017/01/07/skating-is-open-at-liftlock/


Or Enjoy Family Skiing and Snowboarding at Devil’s Elbow

Why not go where you can find some of the finest snow conditions and longest ski seasons in Ontario. Enjoy 14 runs including the East & West Glades and 2 terrain parks on 90 skiable acres.  You will find everything you need whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, from novice to expert.

The great location and snowmaking equipment guarantees the best possible snow conditions during the ski season.  There are six chairlifts (4 quad and 2 double) ensuring lineups aren’t an issue.

Nordic and snowshoe enthusiasts can enjoy 8.5 km of winding trails through the sheltered evergreen and hardwood forest.

And don’t worry if you need a bit of instruction. Devil’s Elbow offers a ski school and snowboarding lessons through Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School.  Private, semi-private and group lessons are available for all ability levels.

Regular Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Friday  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

December 25/17 – Closed Christmas Day

December 24/17 – January 7/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Family Day – February 19/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March Break – March 12 – 16/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.










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As the end of February approaches there is still plenty of time left to get out and enjoy one of the benefits of the winter we are having – the snow!

Devils Elbow Ski Chalet

The Ski Chalet at Devil’s Elbow.

Bethany is home to one of the finest winter attractions of the Kawarthas – Devil’s Elbow Ski Area, which is just a short drive from Peterborough, Lindsay, Port Hope, Oshawa, and Toronto.

Devil’s Elbow is known for offering fantastic conditions and one of the longest ski seasons in Ontario. Open through March, it offers an excellent March Break destination for families looking to get out. And with six chairlifts (4 quad and 2 double) ready to whisk you to the top of the hill, lineups aren’t a problem (unlike the airports!)

You don’t have to be an Olympic skier to enjoy the Elbow. It offers a family friendly atmosphere, and with 85 skiable acres, plenty of room and hours of fun for skiers and snowboarders of every experience level. Speed down Satan’s Run or take it easy on the Bunny Hill – with 14 trails there’s something for everyone! The state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment ensure the best possible conditions every day of the ski season.

The Slopes at Devil's Elbow.

Aerial view of the slopes at Devil’s Elbow.

If downhill skiing is not your passion Devil’s Elbow caters to Nordic skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts with 8.5 km of trail winding through a sheltered evergreen and hardwood forest.

You can also visit the Pro Shop for a tune-up of your skis or snowboard. If you’re new to the sport, or looking for an upgrade, the latest equipment and accessories are available for sale.  And of course ski and snowboard rental equipment is available by the day.

All that activity can make you hungry and if you need a bite to eat Devil’s Elbow features “The Grill.” Located in their spacious, two-story day lodge overlooking the ski hills, “The Grill” offers a wide variety of freshly prepared hot and cold foods and beverages. There are few better ways to warm up than with a cup of their delicious hot chocolate or coffee best enjoyed by the stone fireplace!

Devil’s Elbow offers the option of skiing for the full day or 3 hours. They also offer economical season passes, 8-packs of passes, and group discounts.

Just learning the sport? Then join their Ski School for less experienced skiers and snowboarders. Or if you are experienced and looking to get into racing their qualified CSIA instructors teach classes in alpine, snowboard and junior racing.


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chalet at Devil's Elbow

chalet at Devil’s Elbow

Last week I posted about Devil’s Elbow Ski and Snowboarding Resort.  Even with the wacky Wednesday weather this week, the runs are still open with wet granular snow but that should change by the end of the day!  Great news because snow is my favourite thing about winter!  Maybe not driving in it, but for me skiing, tobogganing and in general playing in the snow is a lot of fun.

But even when the winter conditions aren’t your cup of tea, there is still lots to do in Bethany.

Aunt Dee's Restaurant

Aunt Dee’s Restaurant in Bethany, Ontario

Any trip to Bethany needs to include a visit to Aunt Dee’s restaurant for their All-Day breakfast!

Going out for breakfast is one of my favourite things to do.  I love restaurants any time of the day, but for me, having someone make me breakfast is really quite decadent!  Especially when it doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning.

We stopped at Aunt Dee’s not too long ago for a huge, plate of eggs, bacon and sausages right in the middle of the day.  It was good, no-nonesense food and there was a lot of it!  There’s nothing fancy on the menu at Aunt Dee’s – the selection ranges from eggs and bacon, to burgers and soup and sandwiches, and it’s all just good food.

But it’s not all about the food at Aunt Dee’s.  Walking into the diner reminded me of Cheers!  It’s the place where everyone knows your name.  We can even say that Aunt Dee’s in Bethany may be the Cheers! of diners.   When we walked in, Jeff immediately found someone he knew inside to talk to!

Walking through the parking lot, we were greeted by an customer who wanted a quick chat about the weather.  You have to remember that while I used to be a small-town girl,  I live in Toronto now – we normally don’t start random conversations with strangers in parking lots, unless one dinged the other’s car and usually when that happens it’s called an argument rather than a conversation.  There was no hostility here – just a pleasant conversation with a Bethany local and that is an excellent example of small-town friendliness!

Inside Aunt Dee’s, there was one empty table and two groups of customers.  Was this a problem?  No, because the table was big enough for all five of us to share!  When does that happen in the city?  We had a lovely chat with the two gentlemen who popped over from their computer shop in nearby Cavan for lunch.

The more time I spend in Bethany, the more I think about growing up in a small town.  There is a comfort level and an overall friendliness that is missing from city life.  And while I still love my life in the city, it’s nice to step outside of it every once in a while and visit such a warm and welcoming community as Bethany, Ontario!

Aunt Dee’s a perfect mix of hearty comfort food with small town friendly flavour.  You can’t miss it – it’s right on Highway 7A in the middle of town, across from the gas station – and it’s worth the drive to Bethany!

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