Looking to Cool Off – Snowshoes Anyone?

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Snowshoe parkTHUNDER BAY – If the recent summer heat wave has you longing for winter, there is now an option other than heading down under to Australia. The summer snowshoeing and tubing season has opened for the summer at the Whistler Blackcomb resort in British Columbia.

If you have a passion for statistics on snow, Whistler Blackcomb is blessed with an average of 10.22 metres / 402 inches / 33.5 ft per year on the summit.

Luckily that much snow doesn’t need shovelling off of your driveway, but it makes for a long ski season.

What usually happens at mountain ski resorts in the spring is that there are fewer and fewer skiers, not a shortage of snow.

Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta is usually open until the May Long Weekend, but in some years has opened for the Canada Day long weekend.

In Thunder Bay, people seeking a cool respite from the heat can choose a refreshing walk at Marina Park, or a quick dip in Lake Superior.

If you check out the “Ship Mapping” feature on NetNewsledger.com you can see that the temperature in the middle of Lake Superior is only 11C or 52F.

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