Written by Denise Deby.


If, like me, you have a hard time adjusting to winter—or if you love winter and can’t wait for it to arrive—you might find inspiration at MEC’s Snowfest on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. They’ll be offering information sessions on skiing, snowshoeing, winter running and more, a gear swap and other activities. Among the highlights:

At 11 a.m., Michael Napiorkowski of the wonderful Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project will lead a winter cycling clinic. Michael, who bikes with his family all year round, will share tips on equipment and tires, bike maintenance and winter attire.

At 4:30 p.m., catch The Future of Snow in a Warming World, a discussion on how climate change is affecting Ottawa’s winters and prospects for our continued enjoyment of snow sports. (According to discussion organizer Ecology Ottawa, a University of Waterloo study for the NCC indicated that by 2050, skiing in Gatineau Park could be a thing of the past, due to increasing temperatures.) Panelists are Dr. Stephan Gruber, a mountain environment and permafrost scientist at Carleton University, and Gatineau Park manager Renée Bellehumeur. (I caught a Feb. 2014 Ecology Ottawa event on the topic, and it was an eye-opener.)