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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.

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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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Devil’s Elbow Ski Area

The trees around Bethany Ontario are looking bare and snow has already been sighted.  The wind has a familiar bite and it’s time for many to start thinking about ski season!!!

Those in Bethany know all about one of the great winter attractions of the Kawarthas – Devil’s Elbow Ski Area. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Manvers Township, it is minutes away from Peterborough, Lindsay, Port Hope and Oshawa and just up the road from Bethany Village.

John and Velfred Holmberg, owners of Devil’s Elbow Ski Area

There is something for everyone at the Elbow, from novice to expert,

Ski Patrol

skiers and snowboarders alike. And this year, there are an additional 2 terrain areas to enjoy. Lineups aren’t an issue with 6 chairlifts and 8.5 km of trails winding through forests for the Nordic skiers.

Open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., December – March.  This might make me unpopular with the non-skiers, but I really hope there’s more snow than last year!

Last weekend was the Annual Open House at Devil’s Elbow Ski Area.  It was a reunion of sorts, with great opportunities to take advantage of pre-season discounts to buy a season pass, register for lessons and racing programs – Alpine, snowboarding and junior racing- and meet the ski patrol.

Bethany Parnell

And many enjoyed Parnell’s Ski Swap and Sale!  Skiis could get tuned up and it was great chance to meet up with old friends.  The concession stand was open and ready for business and the kids got some pre-ski season exercise running up and down the hills. It was a fun weekend with everyone preparing for the upcoming season!

Cory Parnell, host of Annual Parnell Ski Swap and Sale

Twins Audrey and Hannah and Kailyn, Betty Ann and Carol at ‘The Grill’

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