The Class Communicator
Winter Isnt So Bad!
by Derek Kartoum
In case you havent noticd, its cold outside! Many peuple want to hibernate like the bears. Some people dont even want to come to school. Its so much easier to stay inside with a cup of tea than to put on all those layers and brave the Arctic winds. But what happens if you stay inside all the time? You get restless and depressed and irritable. Yous snap at your kids, and after awhile you dont fill like doing anything. This is smy advice. Go outside and find something fun to do. Youll be surprised to see how many other people are outsidehaving fun.
To enjoy the snow or ice, you need at least one of the following: a toboggan, a pair of ice skates, a pair of snow soes or a pair of skis. You can ski or snow shoe anywhere in Ottawa or in the Gatineau. There are lots of trails to follow. Their are also many toboggan hills, but the best one is Conroy Pit near Hunt Club. The best place for ice skating is the Rideau Canal. Its the worlds longest skatting rink. Be sur eto check the condition of the ise. A green flag means good; a yellow flag means not very good; a red flag means dangerdont skate. The best time to go skating is early in the morning. The canal isnt crowded, and the ice is smooth because they flood it with water ever ynight.
Norne of these activities costs much money. You can get used skates and skies at stores that sell outdoor equipment. You can also rent skates and skis. Its free to skate on the canal, although sometimes they ask fer donations. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and tobogganing are also free in Ottawa.
So, threes no excuse for staying inside. Get out and enjy the winter! Take a thermos of fot chocolate, wrap yourself up like a mummy, and do something active. Maybe Ill see you there. Im thre won with the funny hat!
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