North Thompson Rec Society ready for winter

North Thompson Recreation Society lines up programs for the winter months

By Barb Smith

The August meeting of the North Thompson Recreation Society was held at Smith’s under the fir trees so as to be in the shade, but the risk of getting “dive bombed” by green fir cones or attacked by grasshoppers was great!

A new yoga instructor will be starting in the fall, and Judy Davis has contacted all those who took part in this popular program last season. For information about the yoga sessions please call Judy at 250-672-5275.

A successful swim lesson program has wound up with 89 children taking part in the Feller and Kershaw pools. Sincere thanks to those families, to Tammy McDonald for facilitating, Brittany Stamer for her excellent teaching skills and her assistant Hannah Feller.

We know these children are in the community…they are playing ball and soccer too….how about cross country skiing?

We have skis/poles/boots for children and wonderful ski trails. However, we need some coaches to take these children out on the trails and teach the basics so that they are safe and have fun.

Parents, there are courses offered in our region this fall, both in classroom and on the snow. The North Thompson Recreation Society is willing to financially support the cost of the trainings. In past years we have found that even two or three days at the trails and a fun night is manageable for families.

The season can start in December (if enough snow has arrived) and can continue until spring break.

Dates and information about the coaching workshops are available from Tammy McDonald at 250-672-0121.

Snowshoe trails have been wonderfully expanded at the Barriere Forks Trails, this is due to the fact that a BC Forest Service Fire Suppression crew had a training program there in June.   There are now new trails along the river, and the ski trails have had low tree branches cut. The area is 16km up the Barriere Lakes Road with lots of parking.

We have some adult skis to rent and snowshoes also. The plan worked well last year with our ski trailer setting up at the No Host Bazaar in November.

The Grade 8 students will continue to have both ski and snowshoe experiences at the trails in the winter months, and this is a volunteer program facilitated by Recreation Society members.

The Forks Trails are a great place to walk, and even with the gates locked the ski trail gate has a wide enough passage for horses.

Come and enjoy some outdoor recreation; cross country skiing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and is a great family and affordable sport. Parents and interested adults,  please think about teaching youngsters to enjoy this winter fun!