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We have found some things you can do with your kids for March Break. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a start! Of course, weather can impact some plans, but this is Canada and you just never know what tomorrow will bring.

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 March Break Ski Camps at the Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School

 http://www.ksnowschool.com/skiing/march-break-camps/

Program Details

Small groups and lessons on 3 consecutive days make this a great season opener.

Small Group Sizes

4 – 5 yrs of age – max. 2 students per teacher

6 – 7 yrs of age – max. 3 students per teacher

8 + yrs of age – max. 7 students per teacher

6 Hours of Instruction

3 days with 2 hours of instruction each day for a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Dates and Times

March 13,14,15

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March 17,18,19

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March Break Snowboard Camps at the Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School

Lesson Details

Two hours each day for 3 consecutive days.

Small Group Sizes

7 – 8 yrs of age – max. 5 students per teacher

9 + yrs of age – max. 6 students per teacher

6 Hours of Instruction

3 days with 2 hours of instruction each day for a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Dates and Times

 March 13,14,15

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March 17,18,19

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

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Public Skating

Manvers Arena

March 15 Public Skate  4:00-5:00pm

Lindsay Recreation Complex

March 14 Public Skate 12:00-2:00pm

March 15 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 16 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 17 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 18 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

Check out the Kawartha Lakes website for more details https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/parks-recreation-culture/arenas-skating-hockey/arenas-skating-available-ice-time/public-skating-shinny-stick-puck

Have a fun and safe March Break!

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Cross-Country Skiing

You don’t have to wait for a special day or event to enjoy the fun and exercise of cross country skiing in the Kawartha Lakes.

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The Devil’s Elbow Ski area near Bethany offers 8.5 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails. This is truly winter at its finest. The winding trails will take you through sheltered evergreen and hardwood forests. Or enjoy the glide and scenery along the beautiful trails in some of Ontario’s finest conservation areas including trails through the Somerville Forest Tract, the Ken Reid Conservation Area, the Emily Forest Tract, the Ganaraska Trail and the Fleetwood Creek Conservation area.

Or enjoy the skiing through a network of maintained trails at The Gaming Nature Centre where you can explore various ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

For more information on X-Country Skiing Trails in Kawartha Lakes visit http://www.trailsforhealth.ca

Or  visit the Kawartha Lakes website at

www.explorekawarthalakes.com/en/experience/xcountryskiing.asp

 

Ice Skating

How about dusting off the ice skates and visiting the local arena. Public skating is available at the Manvers Community Centre in Bethany.

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Take the whole family Sundays between 12:30 and 2:00 or Tuesdays between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Or you have little children, you can go Wednesday mornings between 10:30 and 12 noon for the Parents and Tots Skate.

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Need more information? Just call the arena at 705 277-2720. The arena is located at 697 Hwy 7A, Bethany, ON L0A 1A0.

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What Can We Do This Winter in the Kawarthas – Part 2!

 Mark your calendars for February 20 – 21 and

February 27 – 28th

Enjoy the excitement of the Amsoil Kawartha Cup Snowcross Races Feb 20th and 21st

The Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) is the governing body that organizes, promotes and regulates snowmobile competitions in Canada – primarily in Ontario and Quebec. And the races are coming to the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds Feb 20-21!

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Professional snowmobile racing is a rapidly expanding sport and Snowcross is the most popular form of snowmobile racing. Snowcross offers high flying aerial displays on a compact track. Competitors race around tracks featuring tight turns, banked corners, and a variety of jumps allowing racers to catch what is referred to as “big air” in full view of lucky spectators.

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Between 10 and 12 events are held each season from October through to April. The series attracts thousands of spectators, some who travel from one competition to the next.

If you have not been involved in snowmobiling before, and especially racing, you might be surprised to learn that the youngest competitors are as young as 4-6 years old! They are restricted to a speed limit of 12 mph.

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For a complete list of the ages and categories for competitors, see the Snowcross Website at www.snowcross.com. Call 905-722-7771 for more information.

 

 

Take your family and friends to Brimfest

from February 27th at 9 a.m. until February 28th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Brimacombe is a not for profit organization dedicated to their approximately 3,000 members – both skiers and snowboarders. They boast over 15,000 visits annually.

The Brimacombe websites assures their visitors that they “do not support Winter Blues, February Blahs and/or Cabin Fever!” And that is good to know! Where January was featured as “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”, the end of February will be a weekend long celebration on the slopes – perfect for the whole family.

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The event, called Brimfest, is sponsored by KX96 and 94.9 The Rock – so you can be sure the music will be great! In addition to the music, the organizers are promising lots of different events for the whole family, displays, competitions, giveaways – and more!

Keep an eye on their website at https://brimacombe.ca to get the latest news on Brimfest 2016.

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In the meantime, get out and enjoy some great skiing or snowboarding. The Club is committed to the values of “family, fun and safety as well as quality and affordability.”

Formerly known as the Oshawa Ski Club, Brimacombe is located at 4098 Regional Road 9 in Orono, ON L0B 1M0.

 Check the conditions by calling the Snow Line: 905.983.SNOW

Interested in lessons?

Call the Brimacombe Snow School: 905.983.6451

Email: snowschool@brimacombe.ca

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What Can We Do This Winter in the Kawarthas – Part 1!

 Mark your calendars for February 7th and 13th!

 You don’t have any reason to be bored this winter! Instead of staying indoors, get outside and enjoy the variety of winter sports and activities that the region has to offer.

Bel Rotary Polar Plunge – Sunday February 7th

You won’t want to miss the February dip into the Chemong Lake – all for charity! Of course you can simply be a warm spectator and watch dozens of people brave the icy water to raise money for the local Rotary Club.

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Or you can put a team together and raise some money for the local community. Join the fun so you can be ‘Freezin for a Reason!’ Each person taking the plunge is asked to raise a minimum of $200.

In over 35 years the group has raised in excess of $600,000 for charities and local organizations. Go see all the fun in Ennismore on February 7th.

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Get all of the details and even register a team at http://www.belrotaryplunge.com/

The fun will take place at the Ennismore Waterfront Park on Ennis Road.

 

The Ontario Family Fishing Event Saturday February 13th

Have fun with more than 1,000 people on Chemong Lake for the annual family ice fishing event.

You can fish during one of the two annual license-free fishing events in Ontario. Representatives from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters will be on hand to help first time ice anglers catch a fish. The kids will love the excitement! And every child who participates gets a prize!

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It can’t get any easier – the holes are drilled and the equipment is supplied – your family just has to dress warm and enjoy the fun!

And after the fishing derby there will be free family fun including an archery range, wildlife displays, a movie in the amphitheater, hot chocolate and popcorn – and a fish feeding frenzy in the giant fish aquarium.

Mark your calendar for February 13th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Bel Rotary Park, Chemong Lake, Ennismore Ontario, 1495 Yankee Line.
Check out the website for updates at http://www.hfhc.ca/slides/family-ice-fishing-day-2016.

For more information, please contact the folks at the Ontario Family Fishing Events at 705-748-6324 ext. 254.

 

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Winter is a wonderland if you enjoy winter sports. And staying active with your family and friends helps to keep you physically and mentally fit.

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Devil’s Elbow Ski Area

The Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School can get you started no matter what your age or skiing/snowboarding level.

The staff are certified by the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and can provide the right instruction no matter what level you are at: a newbie, an intermediate skier, or an experienced skier who has reached a plateau. Too shy for the small group lessons? Then consider a few private lessons to get your started.

Check out the website to get all of the details on programs starting at Kinder Ski to learning to ski in a weekend. There are also ski camps for every special holiday – all the way to March Break and Easter.

Some people prefer snowboarding. But don’t be fooled into thinking it is so simple you can do without a lesson or two. A qualified snowboard instructor will teach you to ride safely without the trial and error of trying to learn on your own. Learn to snowboard in a group, at a camp, on the weekend, or with a private lesson.

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Registration is easy and you can do it all online at the school’s website at http://www.ksnowschool.com/register/. The Registration Wizard shows you all of the available programs and corresponding time slots, based on the age of the student.

Skiing and snowboarding depend on a critical element – SNOW! So check out the website and stay in touch with the school to ensure you don’t miss any of the fun.

Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School is located at Devil’s Elbow Ski and Snowboard Area

Devil’s Elbow, 878 Bethany Hills Road, Bethany, ON(705) 277-1533

http://www.ksnowschool.com

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

http://www.devilselbow.com

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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,

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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.

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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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