You really shouldn’t be afraid to go to the beach in winter, especially with the amazing weather we’ve been having. It seems like what was known as a typical winter season here in BC is changing, so what we know as winter activities will be changing too. For us, winter now includes going to the beach.
Recently we’ve had a few nice days with 15C weather, I’m guessing it means Spring is right around the corner. We decided to make the most of our nice weather this weekend and head to the beach. When we got there it seems like several other families had the same idea.
If you are going to be trekking to the beach during the colder time of year make sure everyone is dressed appropriately. It’s not like you can splash in the water, and expect to be dried off, and warm in the sun. Our preschooler had on a warm rain coat, and her rain boots. We couldn’t find her rain suit, with that she can go into the water. Another must were sunglasses for all of us. The sun sure was bright, especially reflecting off the water.
We loaded everything into the bottom of the stroller, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to move across the sand when we turned it around and pulled with the large wheels first. Thanks to the wet weather I guess the sand is more compact right now. During the summer season this was always harder to do. We picked our perfect spot to set up our base area, and let Evie go play.
The beach is the perfect place to explore, and discover any time of year. Kids get to be kids when here. Evie had lots of fun building castles, and squashing them all under her boots. We even brought a kite with us and attempted to fly it. I’ve seen some parents with scavenger hunts for their kids, and I love that idea. I think next time I will put one together that works specifically for this beach.
This visit we went to Blackie Spit, which is located in Crescent Beach. It’s probably our favourite beach to go to any time of the year because of where it is located, and you do not have to pay for parking. There are lots of little restaurants just a bit down the beach, and they are open during the summer season. Keep your eyes open because there are lots of birds in this area, but you also might catch a glimpse of a seal out in the water.
Don’t be afraid to go to the beach in the winter, just go prepared. It makes for a nice change of environment, and activity for everyone. Plus there is just something so calming about being by the ocean. Both our girls had great naps after our beach outing, which is a huge bonus for us!