10 Best Winter Sports Hotspots
Winter sports are abundant in North America and here are some of the best places for them!
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Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin
Ice fishing in Sturgeon Bay in Door County is a great place to catch an array of fish -- including Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Salmon, Panfish and Brown trout. The bay is also best known for the increased activity of Northern Pike seen in the winter months. There are also many fishing competitions throughout the winter season if you are looking for a little competition while on vacation. If you are looking for an ice fishing spot for the whole family, Sturgeon Bay might just be what you are looking for. To see what else this great place has to offer take a look at the website, www.doorcounty.com just hurry before the ice begins to melt!
Lake Nokomis Park Minneapolis, Minnesota
In the end of January, the 5th Annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships are held at Lake Nokomis, Minnesota. The tournament runs from January 21 to January 24, 2010 and is an ode to the way hockey used to be for the many who grew up learning to play on the closest frozen pond. This tournament will host men and women's teams and will hold the First-Annual Youth Hockey Pick-up Event. If you play hockey or just want to witness the pond hockey tournament firsthand, this is the place for you. More information can be found at www.uspondhockey.com.
Grouse Mountain Vancouver, British Columbia
If you have ever wanted the chance to ice skate on a frozen pond, here is your chance -- Grouse Mountain has an outdoor ice skating pond over 8,000 square feet in size. Grouse Mountain offers a unique place to ice skate with your family, friends or even a date and it is one of the most popular attractions in Vancouver -- definitely not to miss. For an ice skating experience you will never forget, take a trip to Grouse Mountain! Grouse Mountain offers skate rentals and the skating is complimentary with your Mountain admission, lift ticket, winter pass or membership. For more information, please visit www.grousemountain.com.
The Arboretum and the Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario
Sledding and tobogganing are probably two of the most popular winter activities and, although everyone has their own favorite hill, the Arboretum in Ottawa seems to win most over. If you are in neighborhood and decide to check this hill out, make sure to dress warm and bring a friend. However, if you are bringing children, you should not let any children under the age of five ride alone. If you are in the mood for some outdoor skating, go visit the world's largest outdoor skating rink - the Rideau Canal!
The Rideau Canal runs 4.8 miles long and has the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic hockey rinks. It is also the focus of Ottawa's Winterlude festival held every year around February. Your skating experience will not be complete without trying a famous Beaver Tails pastry. Trust us, you won't regret it!
If skiing and snowboarding are not the sports for you, you can always try tubing -- it is faster than sledding and might just give you the rush you are looking for. Keystone is a great place for tubing because it has a conveyor-belt lift that pulls you up the hill and the workers are always keeping a watchful eye and making sure it stays safe on the hill. If you are looking for a day of relaxed fun without long lines, than tubing in Keystone is something you must try. Tubing is great for all ages; but dress warm and remember: the more the merrier! Reservations are recommended for weekends and groups; to book your tubing adventure call (800)354-4386.
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