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- The smooth, quiet brush of fresh snow under your skis.
- The way ice breaks and cracks over rocks as the tide falls.
- Empty beaches with shimmering vistas.
- The mildness, softness and peace a snowfall brings.
- Like the folks here, a winter is softness and gentility: quite well mannered, and departs when the welcome is worn.
- Snow days!
- A crackling fire in a woodstove making heat that penetrates to your bones.
Walking ON the bay in places we usually row, paddle or sail.
- Sunlight sparkling off snow-laden branches.
- Minas Basin ice shifting, buckling, making strange sculptures on the shore.
- Magnificent bald eagles.
- Watching the days get longer in the coldest part of the winter.
- Shovelling the driveway with a helper who will clear up the last little bits: the sun.
- NO mosquitoes, NO blackflies, NO no-see-ums!
- The weather changes frequently: it’s fairly mild, and cold snaps are short, warm periods are also short. There’s something for everyone and no time to get bored!
- The province is small but has a variety of microclimates. Want more snow? Ski hills are not so far away. Want less snow? Go walk a deserted South Shore beach.
- Memories of crazy winter antics performed when we were young and immortal: descending hills at great speed, jumping from one ice floe to another as the frozen ocean broke up (some have memories of being rescued in these situations!), “getting towed on a sled behind my dad’s car on a snow-covered gravel road, riding my bike through the streets of Halifax when the snow wasn’t too bad,” ice boating, skating on thin ice….
- Maple syrup made in the woods.
Patterns made by drifting snow.
- Winter skies unlike anything you see in the summer.
- Eating fresh snow.
- Cardinals and purple finches at the feeder.
- Getting insight into the life of rabbits from their tracks in the woods.
So there are some of the things we love about winter in Nova Scotia. What are yours? Leave a comment below.