13 Fun Things to do Outside in Winter

Are you looking for fun things to do outside in winter? Today’s post is for you.

fun things to do in winter

So, I’m from Canada, and Canadians are known for experiencing long winters.

But I have a little secret to share with you.

Most Canadians hate winter.

Oh, I don’t know the statistics on this, but as someone who enjoys the snow over here I can assure you I am the odd woman out.  And for some reason people around the world have this common misconception that Canadians adore winter.  

It’s just not true.

If given the chance many Canadians might even move somewhere that is warmer all year long.  But honestly, I think that’s because people haven’t really had the chance to develop some good winter habits that will make them love winter.

Now, before I get into those habits, let me tell you, I understand why certain people hate winter.  My husband, for example works outdoors, many times with bare hands because the work requires him to have no gloves on as they just get in the way.

I also was talking to a friend who is not a fan of winter and she spends her winters pushing a stroller through the snow which anyone who is a mom knows this is just not very fun.

So, I get it.  

But the truth of the matter is, like it or hate it, it comes EVERY year.  And where I live it can linger on for close to six months.  

So, the way I see it is that I can spend 6 months of the year dreaming of warmer weather and being miserable, or I can find a way to embrace at least some of those six months.

I say some of those 6 months because in full confession here, while I do enjoy winter, by March I am ready for spring as much as the next person.

However, as I said above, there are a few winter habits that can help you enjoy the winter.  The first is to dress for the weather.  I know, it sounds simple but I always see people walking around in light jackets, and no hat and mitts.  Look, I may not win any fashion awards in the winter, but I have no issues with being cold on most days.  I have no shame in walking around in full snow pants, boots, down-filled coat, mittens, hat, and scarf.  

Some people may think my love for winter means I don’t mind being cold.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I HATE being cold.  Which is why I bundle up like I am going on an Alaskan expedition. 

And that is why I don’t mind the winter. 🙂

The second winter habit that will help you enjoy the weather is to find some fun things to do that help you enjoy the colder season.  Winter is so much better when you are outside having fun.  And often those activities keep you moving which keep you warm.  It’s a win-win!



Go trailwalking and bring snowshoes if you have them.

Trailwalking in the winter is absolutely beautiful.  It’s especially gorgeous if you can get out there right after a freshly fallen snow.  On trails that aren’t used that much you may prefer to use snowshoes on them.  We don’t have snowshoes so we just enjoy the trails on foot but they are still just as amazing.


Go cross-country skiing.

Cross country skiing is another way to experience the snowy trails, but by gliding.


Go down-hill skiing.

Now, I gotta say, I’m just not a down-hill skier.  I tried, once.  In grade 8.  I ran into a (thankfully, small) tree.  I decided maybe it wasn’t the sport for me.  But, I know many, many people who enjoy skiing every winter and those people are the ones who can’t wait until the season starts. If you are one of those people who doesn’t like winter than skiing might just give you a whole new perspective of the cold weather.


Find a hill to sled down.

Sledding is one of those classic winter activities that never gets old.  It’s fun for kids, and let’s be honest, it’s fun for the adults too!


Build a snowman with your kids.

Another classic winter activity, you will build lasting memories with your kids by building a simple snowman.  Or, make a family of snowmen.  Or a snowdog.  Or snowcat.  🙂


Make snow sculptures.

Don’t just limit yourself to snowmen.  Use your creative juices and make snow sculptures.  Create something for your front lawn and you’ll be the talk of the neighbourhood.  


Build a fort.

Building a fort with your kids will officially make you the coolest parent to them.  Make two forts and divide up the family and have a snowball fight between the shelters!


Go skating.

What’s winter without a trip on the ice?  Many communities have rinks you can use, or if you live in an area with a safe pond or lake to skate on, even better!  


Make snow ice cream.

Yes, it’s a thing.  A little bit of snow, milk,  vanilla, and sugar and you’ve got yourself a sweet treat!  Check out this recipe right here to get you going.


Go ice fishing.

Fishing isn’t just for the warmer weather.  If you have the right equipment ice fishing can be a fun hobby in the winter.  Go with a friend to make it even more fun.


Sip on hot chocolate while you enjoy a bonfire.

A bonfire in winter?  definitely!  Think about it, it’s the perfect time of year to have one.  I mean, you are cold while outside so what better way to warm up than by sitting next to a fire?  Of course, it only makes sense that you have a mug of hot chocolate in your hand as well.


Go snow mobiling.

Snowmobiling is seriously one of the most funnest activities there is in my opinion.  Sadly, I do not own one at this point in my life.  But if you are like me and you don’t own one that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a ride.  There are many places that offer tours or rentals.  Check out your local area to see what you can find.


Catch snowflakes on your tongue. 

Don’t knock it till you try it.  There’s something absolutely magical about being outside in a gently falling snow while you lift your eyes up to the sky to catch a snowflake on your tongue.


Winter can be a hard season for people.  For some the cold and dark can make them feel down.  If you are able to take part in some hobbies that make winter more enjoyable it can really help.  Each season has it’s own great qualities and winter is no exception.  The main difference is that you have to put a lot of layers on to enjoy those activities to it’s fullest.

Why not pick a few of the activities in this list to enjoy this season with friends or family?

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