While some avalanches have ignored government recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 voyage and are flying south for the winter, many more have gathered at the site and decided to brave the cold Canadian weather.
Bob Slack, a former president and current board member of the Canadian Snowboard Association, said 70 percent of the more than 100,000 snowstorms the association represents stay at home this year.
“It’s a completely different winter to snowballing,” he said.
Slack and his wife, Lois, are in their 70s and have spent the past 22 winters in Florida. This year, they are staying in a winter cottage near Brockville, Ont.
“We feel very lucky that the winter has not yet been harsh,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed it so far.”
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The Slacks decided to stay because of the epidemic and restrictions on the Canada-US land border, which is currently closed to non-essential travel.
Their main concern was that there were overcrowded hospitals in Florida because they feared it would be difficult to access health care if they had an accident or something else happened.
“Then what if we can’t come back home? All of these things came into effect when we decided to stay home,” Slack said.
Utilizes a lot of winter
Elizabeth Flanagan, 76, has been moving to Florida all her life – and has spent the entire winter there since retiring in 2012.
But very quickly with the epidemic, she decided to stay in Ottawa this winter. He returned to Canada last March, earlier than expected, and then he did not leave.
“When I came back, I was well aware that life would be different for a while,” he said.
Determining the epidemic of having to walk 10,000 steps a day, she is now determined to make the most of the winter.
‘I thrive here’
Flynn’s daughter Rosemary Young said, “I’m so impressed and proud of her.” She really renewed my excitement about winter. “
The two of them walk together almost every day at noon. Sometimes, over the weekend, Flanagan’s granddaughter joins them.
“So it’s been three generations going on together, it’s like, wow, what’s more wonderful than that? It happened because I’ve been here,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan said the reason she spent so many winters in Florida was because she believed she could not maintain a healthy lifestyle in the winter in Ottawa – but that all changed.
“Getting up and going out and really breathing and moving that air is so much better. I’m excited, I’m not afraid, but I’ll learn to welcome it,” he said.
“I feel like I’m thriving here.”
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