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Embrace the Chills and Thrills of the Lowville Winter Games | Adventure #5

The Lowville Winter Games were back in action on Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been better for this annual celebration of outdoor fun. With snow on the ground and sun in the sky, Burlington residents came out in large numbers to savour the season.

I had come on a mission to meet the famous Bur Bear and was surprised to find him looking quite a bit more refined than the scruffy old bear that first debuted in 1984.

Meeting Bur Bear - mascot of the Lowville Winter Games Upon arrival, we decided to walk the grounds for an initial survey of all the activities. We passed by the Zorbs course and the gyroscope — both proving popular with long lines of anxious kids.

Kids at the Lowville Winter Games want to try the GyroscopeWe didn’t get far before Jr Burlington begged to participate in a fishing game and then moved on to a Salmon Run obstacle course where he had to safely carry “fish eggs” in his apron through a fishway (traffic cones) and hop upstream (through hoola hoops) to safely lay the eggs in a nest.

Fish Eggs Obstacle Course An indicator of the day’s popularity was that the BBQ was sold out by 2:00. “We’re running to the store to restock for the second time today,” a volunteer from the Lowville United Church told me.

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Luckily for Mr Burlington, the Gorilla Cheese truck was across the way serving up yummy, cheesy goodness. I had their Original sandwich and I can see how it has made them famous.

Got me a Gorilla Cheese sandwich right here in Burlington We continued through

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the park to discover the old school house. We knew from the busy sled parking area that there must be big things happening inside. Indeed, Momstown Burlington was hosting a kids craft area featuring Bur Bear bookmarks. A free family photo booth allowed families to capture the fun of the day with wacky wear and goofy poses!

Sled ParkingBut for Junior Burlington, as always, a nature exhibit was the highlight. He was captivated by the owls on display from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

Posing with a Great Horned Owl from Mountsberg Raptor CentreThere were many other fun moments too… sliding in snowpants on a frozen stream, tossing snowballs through the heads of (wooden) hockey players, dashing across the hay bale play zone, enjoying a free cup of hot chocolate, and pausing to warm up fingers and toes at one of the crackling fires scattered throughout the park.

We never did make it on the horse drawn wagon ride… or to the log sawing contest… or through the Zorbs course… or down the tobogganing hill. These things will have to wait until next year.

What winter games would you like to see offered next year?

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