I wasn't born to snowshoe...
And I have cheerfully avoided all forms of winter athletics ever since.
My fears were somewhat relieved when I met Maria, our guide from the Haliburton based Yours Outdoors. Maria didn’t seem like a winter sadist at all. In fact, she seemed downright friendly! She assured all of us (including my now slightly nervous looking colleagues) that she wasn’t there to push us and she was happy to go at our speed and our level. She assured us of a beautiful day and a fun experience and, together with her partner Corey, we'd have all the assistance we required.
We were encouraged to stomp around the parking lot to get used to the sensation of wearing the shoes. I was surprised by how natural the movements felt and how quickly that the snow shoes felt like an extension of my own feet. Could it be that I was secretly a natural at snow shoeing and I never knew it?
There's no denying that snow shoeing is a great workout - by the morning's end, muscles I didn't even know I had were throbbing - but I'm proof that people with all different levels of outdoors experience and fitness can enjoy it. It's an affordable, easy to learn, experience that can be enjoyed just about anywhere there's snow and I would absolutely snow shoe again.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. What's the most adventurous winter activity you've done?
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My snowshoeing experience was compliments of Ontario Highlands Tourism in conjunction with Yours Outdoors. This did not effect my review and all opinions remain my own.