Keep Warm and Dry
Keeping warm and dry is the key to winter fun, so dress appropriately for the weather and the activities. This includes layers and water-repellent gear – toques, mittens, and winter boots are a must!
Watch for Frostbite
Frostnip and frostbite are potential dangers when being outside in winter. Watch for changes in colour to exposed skin. Do NOT rub the area to warm it – this can damage the skin. If you suspect frostnip or frostbite, get the person inside and seek proper medical attention.
Check the Weather
Check the weather forecast ahead of time so you know what to expect. And don’t let the windchill factor scare you! The wind isn’t the same everywhere, so find a sheltered park and enjoy the day.
Remember that winter weather can change unexpectedly. If you’re hitting the trails, carry extra clothing and snacks.
Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This is especially important if you’ll be on your own and/or if you’re going to an isolated area or trail. Let your contact know when you’re back safe and sound. If you take your cell phone, keep it in a warm place like an inside pocket – remember that batteries die faster in the cold.