Time to adjust your COVID regimen


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This article was published 23/10/2020 (955 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The leaves are falling, furnaces have been turned on and you’ll need an extra layer for a walk around the neighbourhood. It’s official — fall has arrived, along with the cooler temperatures.

After being treated to an exceptional summer and fall with countless warm and sunny days, we begin our transition into the cooler seasons. This means more time indoors and less time spent outside, which poses a challenge for our efforts to once again flatten the COVID-19 curve.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, public health officials have recommended spending more time outdoors, while still respecting social distancing guidelines. Summer and fall provided us with many safe options to visit with family and friends. But, as winter approaches, there are still creative ways we can embrace the outdoors. Putting the pandemic reasons aside, getting outside during the winter is a great way to remain active while discovering a new side of our city.

Photo by Daniel Guenther The Witch’s Hut in Kildonan Park is one of the park’s many attractions that people can enjoy even in the cold weather.

As we work to once again flatten the curve, here are some ways to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful amenities in Garden City and the surrounding areas:

  • Discover a new park — We have an abundance of local and nearby parks to enjoy. From the many neighbourhood tot lots, to beautiful Kildonan Park, now is the time to get outside and explore a new walking path or a sunny bench. Kildonan Park features many winter trails and ice skating at the duck pond.
  • Meet friends or family outdoors — We can still safely enjoy outdoor visits. Make a regular plan to meet for a neighbourhood walk. Have fun with it and find a new walking route together. Bring along a hot coffee, tea or cocoa to keep yourself warm as the temperatures dip.
  • Dress for (winter) success — While this may seem obvious, now is the time to check your winter wardrobe supplies. Warm gloves, toques and a good winter jacket will go a long way to making your time spent outside this winter more enjoyable. It can also be harder to find winter essentials in December and January once the snow and cold really set in.

We must once again adjust our routines, but you can still remain active and reduce the spread of COVID-19 as we head into winter. Let’s take this winter as an opportunity to embrace the outdoors and enjoy something new in the neighbourhood.
Stay healthy and stay safe!

Daniel Guenther is president of the Garden City Residents’ Association and a community correspondent for his neighbourhood. Email him at:

Daniel Guenther

Daniel Guenther
Garden City community correspondent

Daniel Guenther is president of the Garden City Residents’ Association and a community correspondent for his neighbourhood. Email him at:

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