A T-REX OF A WINTER?
ell that can’t be good. Yup, the experts say Ottawa is in for a long, cold, unpleasant winter. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But even with that dreary outlook if you look no further than the winter issue in your hands you’ll be ready for the winter ahead. This winter issue marks the end of year 13 for the magazine and as always we couldn’t be more pleased with the wide variety of informative articles. It’s exciting that this 48-page issue exists DAVE BROWN because of 12 writers, some photographers and at least two illustrators. PUBLISHER The magazine has some nostalgia pieces as well, as Allen Editor-in-chief Macartney recalls his grandfather’s advice on how to stay warm Ottawa Outdoors ottawaoutdoors.ca after a lifetime of many sleigh rides to the Byward Market decades ago (p.5). SHOW OWNER And speaking of warmth, how about stoking your internal fire The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show with food energy? Look for recipes for bannock (p.6) and hot adventureottawa.com chocolate (p.15) or follow the how-to tips on building a fire in winter (p.41). I also like the piece by Bill Pullock on the history of the first Canadian Ski Marathon (p. 10) because of the insight and old photos accompanying the article. If you’re up for a chuckle about a toxic tent (too many beans) and fellow tent-mates, read Bruce Watt’s article on (p.12). As snowshoeing and skiing are our favourite ways to enjoy sunny wintry days, you’ll love the multitude of destination articles including: skiing in Papineau-Labelle (p.13); the Eastern Townships (p.27); Baxter Conservation Area (p.39); and of course Katharine Fletcher’s article on ski and snowshoe tracks close to home (p.36). After all these great how-to and where-to go articles, you’ll still find more to read if you’re an alpine skier (p.16); if you want to know how to identify winter birds (p.14); Gatineau Park’s cabins and yurts (p.12); how to make your own hockey rink in the back yard (p.28); what to do if you fall through ice (p.31); and even how to make your own Yukon pack (p.30). Phew. Sit back and enjoy this issue and expand your imagination by reading about Antarctica. It truly is breath-taking and causes a similar reaction I expect, to actually encountering a T-Rex. Enjoy the season and don’t forget to make a few snow angels.
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