From the editor

As much as I enjoy building snow people and walking in a winter wonderland, I’m pretty happy to see the end of the white stuff by the time spring rolls around.

Spring means different things to each one of us. Classically, it signifies rebirth, but for others, it’s a more literal new start with warmer weather, lengthening days (which means more outdoor fun!) and flora of all types. Certainly, children are breathing a sigh of relief as snowpants are packed away for another six months and a period of being cooped up gives way to more options for activities.

My daughters’ favourite part of spring is animal sightings. Crossing paths with wildlife is more commonplace now as critters emerge after the winter. In past years, the kids and I found a speckled blue egg on our driveway — which we promptly conveyed to the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre — and happened upon a wild rabbit hit by a car, which we shuttled to the Ottawa Humane Society. Our scramble for information was the inspiration behind this issue’s story on best practices for living alongside wildlife, which tends to be more visible this time of year.

Speaking of visibility, runners (aside from a relative handful of hardcore individuals who can be seen on -25 mornings) who moved their workouts to basement treadmills for the winter, are also re-emerging. Spring is an ideal time to establish a fitness routine, so what better time for a story on one of the most parenting-friendly workouts? Beginning on page XX, experts share their thoughts on this minimalist and social activity that treats you to some unforgettable views of the National Capital Region — no gym membership or childcare required.

Our columnists have also explored their favourite springtime topics in this issue. Dad’s Dispatch writer — a.k.a. Miles’s dad — Jon Willing compares the bike riding training methods of today versus the ones of yore; Chris Hunt writes about the joys of March Break in the latest Memoirs of a New Dad; and Kita Szpak (the happiest writer we know) ticks off all of Ottawa’s natural attractions, perfect for a March Break to-do list. (There’s still time to register your child for programming. Check out our special section for ideas.)

We know our readers and their families are in different ages and stages of life. For parents of young children, Sheryl Bennett-Wilson writes about whole language and the return of phonics; and for mature learners, about local offerings for adult education.

As we leap into spring, we hope this issue inspires you to explore the possibilities that come with a new season.

Best wishes,