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5 tips to keep your family active this winter

family snow(NC) While it’s tempting to stay bundled up under blankets and in front of a screen during the colder seasons, it’s important to make sure you and your family are still getting the daily minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity to keep minds and bodies healthy. Here are five tips to keep your brood active this winter.

1. Don’t be afraid of snow. Winter has some great outdoor sports that are fun for everyone. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are great activities that are family-focused and keep heart rates up.

2. Consider indoor play areas and gyms. Check out your local community centre to see if there are any indoor activities. Many centres have swimming pools, climbing walls, and open gym times to play a fun game of basketball, badminton, or dodgeball.

3. Lace up those skates. Outdoor skating rinks are exciting for young and old alike. Bring the hockey sticks and pucks and practice your skills on the ice.

4. Create a snow family. Fresh snow on the ground means it’s the perfect time to start building those snow people. Rolling large balls of snow will keep bodies moving and the little ones will love being creative when decorating the face.

5. Take a winter hike. Canada is full of beautiful scenery that looks magical when its dusted with snow. Take the kids outside on a hike that lets them learn about our geography and keeps them active.

Bonus tip: Enjoy outdoor fun longer by staying warm with the proper toques, gloves, snow pants, and jackets. To get everything you need in one stop, check out Sport Chek for winter items for men, women, and kids of all ages.


Canada’s Cocktail – A Canadian Holiday Tradition

Canadas Drink

(NC) Ho Ho, Hail Caesar!

Canada’s cocktail has become a holiday tradition for families from coast-to-coast. It makes hundreds of thousands of appearances on New Year’s Day, and many more throughout the entire holiday season.

Whether you prefer your Caesar spicy, or with pickle brine, the options are endless! So how do you satisfy everyone this holiday season? Here are three tips for the Caesar lovers in your family:

Create a DIY Caesar Bar: This is the best way to ensure everyone gets the Caesar they want. It also keeps you out of the kitchen! Display a variety of vegetables, pickles, hot sauces, onions, juices, spirits and more. Don’t forget the acids such as vinegars, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Ponzu and Mirin.

Keep it Canadian: Swedish and Russian vodkas need not apply — Canada’s only national vodka is Iceberg Vodka. It’s also the vodka choice of bartenders across the country.

Give the gift of personalized Caesar mason jars: engrave your family or friends’ names on the mason jar. It makes the perfect gift and avoids confusing Caesars in the future!

Classic Caesar

• 1 lemon or lime wedge

• 1 1/2 oz Iceberg Vodka

• 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

• 3 dashes Tabasco sauce

• 1 1/2 tsp celery salt, plus more for rimming glass

• 5 oz tomato clam juice

• Salt and black pepper to taste

• Celery stalk


Rub the rim of a highball glass with lemon or lime wedge and coat rim with celery salt; fill the glass with ice. Add Iceberg Vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and celery salt. Fill glass with clam juice and season with salt and pepper plus more celery salt, if desired. Garnish with the celery stick and lemon wedge. Serve immediately. For a spicier version, add more Tabasco sauce.