Embracing winter in Nova Scotia means embracing winter outdoor activities. This will be our 10th winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia and we love it! I honestly never thought I would get used to Canadian winters (because I feel the cold and love to be warm) but winters here are just so different from the UK.
First of all, we have snow…and sunshine…and it’s super cold….and there’s so much to do.
To survive Canadian winters you’ve just got to get out, embrace it and thoroughly enjoy the white wonderland. One of the best ways to enjoy the winter in Nova Scotia is to lace up a pair of skates and take a spin on an outdoor rink.
Nothing feels more Canadian than bundling up and enjoying all that winter has to offer. And once winter really gets established, you will see plenty of kids and adults enjoying winter with a game of outdoor hockey.
And while places like Ottawa’s Rideau Canal gets a lot of attention – and for good reason with its 202 km of skating, there are so many other incredible places to skate outdoors in Canada.
In Nova Scotia, we have some of the most beautiful nature right in our own backyards, so you will find plenty of families building and maintaining their own ice rinks, especially when the weather remains cold for a long period. Does the thought of coming home from work and grabbing a couple of hockey sticks to play a little hockey with your family on your own frozen pond appeal to you? You can have this lifestyle very easily in Nova Scotia.
There are also a lot of outdoor options for enjoying a winter skate in Nova Scotia.
The Emera Oval in downtown Halifax is one of the largest outdoor, artificially chilled ice surfaces on the East Coast. The Oval is equivalent to three NHL hockey rinks (with approximately 55,000 sqft of ice area) and can accommodate up to 1500 skaters at once. The rink is open to the public seven days a week and is free.
Maybe you like the idea of skating on one of Nova Scotia’s many lakes?
This will give you a taste of what winter in Nova Scotia is like….
I will honestly never forget the first time we skated on a frozen lake. The crackling of the ice as we glided across the lake was a little disturbing but after a while, you totally get used to it. If you are a newbie, it’s worth remembering that ice thickness should be:
- 15 cm for walking or skating alone
- 20 cm for skating parties or games
- 25 cm for snowmobiles
Here are a few ice safety tips:
There’s no excuse for wishing away winter. You will really enjoy it if you get outside and embrace it. It’s fabulous!
Life is good in Nova Scotia!
Have a great week,
Jane & Richard
Moving 2 Nova Scotia