Whether you’ve purchased a new house or a resale house, the private backyard is arguably the largest advantage a house has over a condo. Living in Toronto for some time, we all begin to realize that our use of the backyard is restricted to spring through fall at best in the majority of cases as GTA winters can deter us from using and enjoying our backyards. Let this year be the start of the exception; we challenge you to use your backyard throughout the rest of the winter and we’ve come up with some great ways you and your family can enjoy your backyard this winter.
Hot tubing in the winter is one of Canada’s favorite pastimes so why not enjoy one in your very own backyard? You might think you’ll need to spend thousands on setting up the water and heating system for your tub, but not the case with this way cuter alternative to the average hot tub from Dutchtub. This ecofriendly hot tub can accommodate comfortably up to 4 adults and may make your house the envy of all on your street. With just a simple wood fire burner and no electricity, the water heats up and stays hot as long as you’ve got the fire going.
Another favorite Canadian pastime is ice skating and nothing can beacon the neighborhood children to your house like a backyard ice rink. Luckily GTA temperatures can consistently dip below freezing making your backyard rink solid for the entire season. Having the rink right in your backyard can be the spot for a kid’s birthday party, valentine’s party or gathering just because. Ideally you should have at least 10 feet by 10 feet of flat land that can be easily leveled.
It’s amazing how a simple campfire can dispel the winter blahs and get everyone around it talking and laughing. For the warmth and for some aromatic smell, a winter campfire is a great way to make use of your backyard. Better yet, roasting some marshmallows or making smores can make your backyard a delightful treat for both young and old.
A heavy snowfall may not be met with great joy during the work week as you need to hurriedly shovel the driveway, walkways and clean cars off. However the same kind of snowfall on the weekend might be gleefully welcomed as the opportunity to build a snowman. Why not head to your own backyard and begin the fun process of building your own backyard snowman. When looking onto your backyard from inside your house, you’re reminded that winter is still happily here because your snowman is still standing.
With the upcoming winter games in Sochi Russia, your household might be revving up with anticipation. In the name of competition, why not setup a friendly (but competitive) game in your very own backyard like this snow ball throwing contest. Have one person be the referee, keeping a watchful eye on where balls land to keep track of points. Making sure everyone has their own bucket with an equal amount of snowballs helps the game progress smoothly.