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Snowshoe clinic adds new perspective to the great outdoors

Snowshoeing offers an opportunity to see Nova Scotia from a new perspective, and Springhill’s active living co-ordinator Landon Crowe says anyone can borrow some snowshoes to share in the experience during the winter carnival’s snowshoe clinic on Saturday, Feb. 23.

SPRINGHILL – For some, it may seem the great outdoors is limited during the winter to those who do not have a snowmobile or cross-country skis but one great Canadian icon – the snowshoe – promises to make a walk in the woods attainable to all.

During the Chilli Willi Winter Carnival, which begins today, the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre will host a snowshoe clinic on Saturday, Feb. 23, offering a guided tour and snowshoes for participants to get back in the woods and surrounding area like the pioneers of old.

“For me, I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors but I didn’t really take up snowshoeing until I was taking recreation leadership in college,” active living co-ordinator Landon Crowe said. “To get to places you normally wouldn’t get to in the winter gives you a whole different perspective of Nova Scotia… and it keeps you physically active.”

Avid outdoorsman Geordie Gilbert will offer tips and guided walks again this year, and the community centre offers a collection of snowshoes participants can borrow. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to noon, with hot chocolate to follow. While the guided walks are taking place, students from the elementary schools will wrap up snow sculpting at the community centre, and the clinic is open to students looking to add a little adventure to their creative process during breaks.


Dinner, a show and free skating

With the Chilli Willi Winter Carnival beginning in Springhill today, a special dinner and variety in support of the Lions Park Revitalization dinner will take place tonight at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. Tickets are $20.

Throughout the week there will be lots of opportunities to get out and be active, including free skating at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

Free skates will be held on the following dates and times:

Friday, Feb 15 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday – 6:30 p.m.

Monday – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - 6:30 p.m. 

For a complete list of events, visit

Organizations: Lions Park Revitalization

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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