Keeping busy with various activities
Many recreational and sporting activities require multiple players and teams to compete with. During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we can still be practicing and working on advancing our skills on our own. If you lack the equipment or space to do this, try getting creative! Check out some of the ways others in the KPU community are practicing and keeping their skills sharp!
I recently moved to British Columbia, and I have been having so much fun getting to explore my new backyard this summer through camping! My favorite part about camping is reconnecting with nature, especially when the only sounds you can hear are the birds in the forest and the crackle of the camp fire. I also really enjoy going for hikes in the forest and viewing all of the massive Douglas Fir trees.
This year, we have been visiting a few of BC’s beautiful provincial parks that are all within driving distance from the Lower Mainland, such as Cultus Lake Provincial Park and Golden Ears Provincial Park. Camping is a great summer activity for physical distancing with your “bubble”!
When I think of camping, I think of waking up with the sun, disconnecting from my phone, enjoying the present moment and the time spent with others. Some of my favourite things to do while camping is swimming, sitting in the sun, hanging out around a camp fire, and star gazing.
There’s nothing like getting away from the city noise and enjoying the simpler things in life.As our vacation plans have been cancelled, camping is a great alternative to get out and explore our own backyard.
Nothing makes me happier than being in the backcountry with barely anyone else around. Car camping can be lots of fun and great if you have kids but if you are looking for some adventure, nothing beats a hike or paddle in campsite. Here in British Columbia we are lucky to have lots to explore. Over the last decade, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the Canadian backcountry and the magic has never worn off. From the vastness of the wilderness to the serene sound of nature, there are no words that can truly express the experience.
That said, if you’re headed on a backcountry trip, take the time to ensure you have adequate first aid, navigation and survival skills. Having the right gear and knowing how to use it, is also incredibly important. Lastly, know how to deal with wildlife, monitor the weather conditions and remember to always pack your garbage out. Mother nature is an incredible force so always show respect and be mindful of your surroundings. Be prepared and you will have the time of your life!
If you have some free time on your hands why not use it to make a scrapbook.
It’s a great place to gather your memories , thoughts , paintings, future aspirations and inspiration. In my scrapbook I included ; my bucket list , what I want my future to look like , positive affirmations, a list of things that make me happy.
Similarly you can include anything you want as you have the creative freedom to do so. Its a great way to unwind and destress.
Check out Version 2 of Hamper Hoops! This time we add vertical distance into the challenge. If you missed version 1 of Hamper Hoops you can check it out here!
July 1st we celebrate Canada Day! This day is usually filled with large crowds and parades but this year as we social distance through health regulations there are many ways we can still celebrate online.
- Check out the attached pdf with links to a variety of cities and municipalities offering live streaming for their Canada Day Celebrations!
I was never big in to swimming, but on a paddle board or kayak I am game! This is a great activity to do whether it is just for an afternoon or a full excursion. I find it so fascinating to think that you can have all your camping supplies and gear with you packed in to this flotation device, no worries of it getting wet or damaging your personal belongings.
When I’m out in the water it feels so serene and calming as the waves push you up and down. I also love all the nature you see from on the water, it’s completely different from hiking. Having a seal swim next to you or pop their heads up, it is a very cool experience.
Multi-day kayak trips are a great way to explore B.C’s amazing coastline. Camping out of your kayak offers a feeling of freedom that few adventures on shore can match. While our coastal waters can be tricky to navigate, there are routes that accommodate all levels of experience. There are lots of backcountry campsites that feature beautiful white sand beaches and reefs that are only accessible by boat, kayak or canoe. Personally, one of my favorite local routes is through the broken island group off the coast of Vancouver Island. That said, don’t let the calm waters fool you, the afternoon currents can be hazardous so always remember to check the tides and current patterns before leaving shore.
If you’re a newbie and are looking for a relatively easy overnight trip, Granite Falls up the Indian Arm is a great place to start. Setting off from Cate’s park or Deep cove and heading up the inlet will take you to a gorgeous waterfall with a campsite located next to it.
For more routes and tips check out: https://www.bcmarinetrails.org/
Stimulating the mind is so important and can be done with many different activities and games. Sport & Rec has created its own crossword for you to try! All words are related to our Sport & Rec offerings and our At Home webpage content.
As the weather changes over and we start to spend more time outside enjoying the wilderness, the Sport & Rec team has shared their own experiences and adventures of hiking! We hope that as you read our experiences they spark you to get out and go hiking yourself. We have each picked our favourite hikes and below are some great B.C. trail guides to help you find the right hike for you.
- Happy hiking everyone!
- View our Hiking experiences and trail guide here
This week we celebrate National Health and Fitness Day! And what better way to get moving then to try this scavenger hunt?! This document helps to guide you through a scavenger hunt around your home, backyard and neighbourhood.
All items are worth a specific point amount based on the difficulty to find them. Try sharing this document to challenge friends and family to do the same in their own homes! Compare scores and items you found together or over video chat!
Even though we are at home with unknown future travels and vacations doesn’t mean we still can’t explore the world! Check out our virtual tour document with a ton of different links to international museums, zoos, aquariums and landmarks!
There is something in here for everyone, including kid friendly options, like the NASA app and the Zoo and Aquarium live videos. Find what interests you and get exploring!
Looking for something new to pick up during this time? A great hobby to try is gardening! Even though this is a recreational activity, gardening is still physically tasking allowing you to still get a great workout in. Not only will you break a sweat but you will also reap the benefits of a beautiful garden that you have created!
There are many easy ways to get started, check out this document that can help give you some tips as a beginner gardener and inform you of some of the benefits of growing your own plants.
Looking for something that you don’t have to get creative with? Try pulling out a puzzle! No need to tune in to your creative side with this recreational activity, however there are many benefits to doing puzzles!
Some of the benefits of puzzle solving for adults include:
- Improved memory
- Better problem solving skills
- Improved visual spatial reasoning
- More educational opportunities
- Increased IQ
- Delay dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Improved mood
- Lower stress levels
- Increased attention to detail
- Increased productivity
- Better collaboration
If you don’t have any puzzles at home you can check out many online retail stores to get one delivered to you.
Art therapy is a way of expressing yourself through creativity! During this unprecedented time stress levels and emotions are high and the use of art therapy has shown to reduce stress and help with the release of emotions through non-verbal actions.
See the Sport & Rec document for some ideas and resources on how you can channel your creative edge and release some of those uncontrollable stressors.
- Click here for the Art Therapy.pdf
Dancing is a great way to spend some free time. Put on music that makes you move and just start to dance. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, it truly doesn't matter. Dancing helps improve:
- muscular strength
- muscular endurance
- heart and lung function
Research also shows that dancing is great for cognitive function as well as your mood.
As we stay home the access to sports, recreational activities and equipment is limited if any.
- We have created a downloadable pdf that can give you some ideas of recreational activities to do while at home.
- This document includes ways to modify your favourite sport, create/make new projects or activities to do with your kids and family.
There’s something listed here for everyone!
- Click the link below to download the PDF document.
Check out the videos below as they spark ideas or options of activities you can do at home. Equipment can be handy for most sports or activities but the use of household items can substitute for many different objects. Now you try!