ACTIVE LIFE: Take advantage of autumn with parks and rec activities

NANAIMO – Parks and recreation offers ways to appreciate fall season.

I absolutely love the summer season. For me, the summer was spent at local parks and beaches with my family, enjoying lots of local, fresh produce and attending some of the many outdoor festivals and events.

As autumn approaches, the days are getting shorter, a chill is in the air and the routines of September are returning. For many, the transition into fall can be a bit challenging as we prepare for the not-too-distant grey, rainy days. I have, however, come up with some ways to appreciate this beautiful fall season.

Try a new activity – The Fall and Winter Activity Guide is now in circulation. Programs can be found within its pages for all ages and abilities. Some examples include cheese making, where participants will make mozzarella, feta, brie and other types. How about registering your toddler in one of our monthly Play and Learn programs? They run from September until June and will teach your child a variety of skills through music, crafts and games.

Get out and photograph – At this time of year, the light is perfect and the colours are stunning. Go out into your local parks and start photographing. If you are interested, we offer photography courses to help you understand what all of those little features on your camera are used for and how to get that perfect shot.

Garden – We tend to think that the fall season signals the end of gardening. Many people are planting winter gardens or using small spaces or containers. I can’t think of too many things that would be more rewarding than harvesting food you helped to grow. Did you know that the City of Nanaimo offers courses on growing your own tomatoes and garlic?

Exercise – For many, the heat of summer is just too much for doing strenuous exercise outdoors. Cooler temperatures mean you can easily go outside and get in that workout. Don’t forget that raking leaves and apple picking are great calorie burners, too, or you can join one of our exercise classes.

To learn more, please visit www.nanaimo.ca or call 250-756-5200.

Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with Nanaimo parks and recreation.

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