Ode to staying physically active during the winter

Jamie Heap
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Town of Parrsboro hosts annual Winter Welcome at Glooscap campground for first time in event’s  existence

PARRSBORO-While Shubenacadie Sam’s bold prediction that spring is just around the corner may be welcome news for many, the Town of Parrsboro’s winter physical activity strategy is much more reliable than the forecast of a furry rodent.

“It is extremely important to stay physically active,” said recreation director Tissy Bolivar. “It is just as important to stay active during the winter as in the summer.”

Bolivar, who also coordinates Parrsboro Winter Explorers, an outdoor-based program designed to get young kids active while enjoying the winter weather, is doing to her best to provide opportunities for people of all ages to stay active.

“We have snowshoes and cross-country skis to use for free,” said Bolivar. “People can sign them out at town hall. We have another trip to Ski Wentworth on Friday.”

This past weekend, Bolivar, Karen Yorke-Gilbert, Sarah Gilbert (both of Sprit Reins Ranch) and others volunteered their time so that others could get active.

“Last year, we had about 100 people come out to the campground in January at a separate event,” said Yorke-Gilbert on Saturday. “We took 80 or so people on sleigh rides. The snow was a bit soft this year, so we are just doing horse rides.”

While events such as the third annual Parrsboro Winter Welcome can be hit-or-miss, those who did venture out to Glooscap campground enjoyed themselves.

“This is my third doing the Winter Welcome,” said Bolivar. “This is the first time we’ve held it at the campground. We figured that the campground would be a better venue for the horses. The past two years it was held at town hall.”

In addition to horse and pony rides on Spirit Reins Ranch horses, such people as Colleen McCully and her soon to be five-year-old daughter Sophia McCully enjoyed snowshoeing, a nature scavenger hunt and roasted marshmallows.

“The scavenger hunt is on snowshoes,” said Bolivar. “People had to look for animal tracks in the snow and pine cones.” Snowshoeing was also held Sunday.

“I think that the potential is here for a winter carnival,” said Yorke-Gilbert. “We could have a coasting party and hot chocolate in addition to today’s events.”

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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