Active Life: Canada’s 150th birthday picked for guide’s theme

NANAIMO - Spring and Summer Activity Guide available later this month.

I don’t know about you, but this winter has been a long one for me.

As much as I have enjoyed the snow because of its rare appearance and for the chance it gave me to dust off winter toys, I am starting to desire the warmth that spring brings.

Maybe I feel this way because I am just wrapping up the production of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide and I am so excited for you to get your copy and see all the great things you can participate in with parks and recreation.

We’ve tried to make some improvements to our publication this time.

First of all, we’ve increased the font size to make it more readable and we used full-colour photos throughout to give it a bright, fresh look.

The theme of this season’s guide is all about celebrating our beautiful country for its 150th birthday.

We have several quick facts about Canada found throughout its pages and we have even organized a contest to help keep you active.

This contest complements the Participaction’s 150 Play List that has been widely promoted recently.

To enter, we have provided a list of activities for you to participate in.

We ask that you complete a minimum of 30 on that list and then drop off your completed form for a chance to win one of two $150parks and recreation gift cards.

The list involves a variety of options, including volunteering your time, geocaching, going for a hike, touring the historical Bastion andeven going down all three slides at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Sounds fun, eh?

The Spring and Summer Activity Guide will be available for viewing online starting Feb. 22.

Hard copies will be available for pickup starting Feb. 24.

You can get your very own copy at all of our recreation facilities, city hall, grocery stores, libraries and malls.

Registration begins March 1.

Parks and recreation is also undertaking a short survey about our services that is open until Feb. 26.

Tell us what you think of our programs, services and facilities.

The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parksrec_marketing, and if you participate, you will be entered to win a gift card.

For more information on parks and recreation, please visit our website at www.nanaimo.ca or call us at 250-756-5200.

Tammy Toor is a graphics and communications specialist with City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation.