Frank Grant, director of Yarmouth Recreation. If there’s snow on the ground, he says, snowshoeing is a fitness activity people might want to try.
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By Eric Bourque
While many of us may be tiring of the white stuff, recreation officials see a positive side to the wintry weather, viewing the snow-covered ground as a chance for people to participate in activities unique to this time of year.
And recreation departments have winter equipment people can borrow to help them in this regard.
“This will be the second winter that we’ve had snowshoes and we loan them out regularly to anyone, free of charge,” said Frank Grant, director of Yarmouth Recreation.
Getting snowshoes was a joint initiative involving Yarmouth and Shelburne counties. The shoes were divided among rec departments in the two counties.
Among those borrowing the snowshoes have been schools using them for phys-ed classes, Grant said.
“I guess it’s all weather dependent and so far we’ve had a fair bit of snow, so we’re hoping that people will take advantage of using them,” he said, adding he had spoken to a few people who recently had gotten snowshoes, either buying them or getting them as a Christmas gift.
There are plenty of good trails for people to go on and put their snowshoes to use, he said, or they may choose to do so closer to home.
“People are getting in their backyards … just kind of getting some exercise walking around their properties,” he said.
Then, of course, there are skis and these have been pretty popular items too when snow is on the ground. Cross-country skiing is more technical than snowshoeing, Grant said, and so he recommends people attend a ski clinic that at least introduces them to the sport.
Snowshoeing is easier to do on your own, Grant said, adding that it’s basically a matter of putting the shoes on and seeing what you can do.
The Municipality of Argyle’s recreation department also has winter equipment people can borrow, notably snowshoes and Nordic poles, but no skis.
“I have heard through word of mouth that people are going out on the trails,” said Argyle recreation director Ginette d’Entremont, adding that the scenery can be very nice after a snowfall, “making for an enjoyable outing.”
The Argyle rec department’s upcoming activities include a free snowshoe walk planned for Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2-3 p.m. at the West Pubnico Golf Club. A limited amount of snow shoes is available therefore if you need a pair registration is required by calling 648-3379.
Whatever people opt to do in terms of activity, Grant says the important thing is that people are active, not letting winter keep them from going outside, getting some fresh air and moving.
“You don’t need to a rent a gym or you don’t need to rent a pool,” he said. “If you have yard and there’s snow on it, then you can just go walk.”