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Learn all about things to do in winter at MEC's annual SnowFest

Snowshoeing is one of the many outdoor activities you can do in winter.
Snowshoeing is one of the many outdoor activities you can do in winter.
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With winter on the horizon, Winnipeggers are invited to chill out indoors while exploring what’s in store for outdoor winter activities:

MEC SnowFest
Mountain Equipment Co-op
303 Portage Avenue
Saturday, November 23rd
10:00am to 5:00pm
Events are free!

“As season’s change, so do recreational opportunities. If you want to get outdoors and be active this winter, SnowFest is a great place to learn about your options,” says Alisa Birnie, MEC's Outreach Coordinator and organizer of MEC SnowFest. “The good thing about holding SnowFest indoors is that it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like outside. We can count on going ahead as planned – rain, shine or snow!”

MEC SnowFest is the must-attend seasonal event for anyone who enjoys outdoor winter activities. Here are some of the things you can do there:

Check out the latest snowsports gear.
Find deals at the MEC Winter Gear Swap.
Make your very own ‘outsiders beard’ and other fun crafts at the kids’ table.
Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, and vendor samples from Lara Bar, Taste of Nature, energy gels, and more.

Learn new skills and get the most current information at free clinics including:

Nordic Waxing Clinics with CCSAM & CANSI
Get Informed & Get Outdoors with WST & AdventureSmart
Winter Running 101
Winter Cycling 101
SnowMotion – Skijor & Kick Sled with your pet

You can also meet local clubs, and find out more about their respective activities and communities. Many will be giving away great prizes at their table. Confirmed to attend are:

Snow Motion – Skijor & Kick Sled Dog Club
Charleswood Ski Club
Red River Nordic Ski & Biathlon
Club D’Escalada de Saint Boniface **giving away climbing sessions**
Snowboard Association of Manitoba
Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba
Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors
Winnipeg Search and Rescue **giving away adventure package**
AdventureSmart **giving away adventure package**

Event information is available online at:

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