Clearwater Times editorial by Stephanie Hagenaars

About that early spring…

Well, hello winter!

It seems Mother Nature had a little something up her sleeve — surely February couldn’t go by without a little bit of snow! And how about that chill? It’s definitely a reminder that we live in the Great White North.

Turns out the white stuff was coming, like those at the Farmer’s Almanac said, just maybe a few weeks late. Now, it’s definitely been a “wet, white and wild” winter.

Some say the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. We may have written something about this season’s quirkiness. Guess we spoke too soon.

The cold weather and snow, however, means we can go out and do those winter activities we were longing for.

Driving past Dutch Lake, a few huts are sure to be up, with ice fishers inside, trying snag a big one, and a few lovely community members have been keeping the skate track clear and smoothing out the ice for some shinny fun! (Or maybe curling, anyone?)

We have an abundance of hills for sledding, and there’s enough snow on the ground for a good ol’ snowman — or snowball fight.

Snap on the skis or snowshoes and explore the Candle Creek Trails, and we hear some of the trails also have been tracked and groomed up in Wells Gray Park.

If you’re heading up to the park, take a short detour to venture out to Helmcken Falls. The temperature may have lowered the mercury enough to create that infamous frozen cone. (Share your photos if you go!)

While cold snaps can be disheartening, but there are many positive things to enjoy when temperature is well below freezing. For the first time in what feels like weeks, the sky is clear and we’ve been able to soak in some much-needed sun.

In these COVID times, when we’ve been cooped up with not much to do, let’s take advantage of what Mother Nature has thrown at us — a little bit of winter before that early spring.

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