Halifax's top 5 tobogganing hills for family fun
CBC Nova Scotia ranks the best hills based on accessibility, parking, steepness and fun
Even though travel in Halifax was made a whole lot harder after Tuesday's snowstorm, some people are hopping on their toboggans to take advantage of the fresh 15 centimetres on the ground.
It could be a family tradition to hit city slopes or you could be a first-timer. Either way, there are a number of hills in Halifax upon which you can lay down your plastic runners onto powder.
CBC Nova Scotia's Steven Berry is your guide to the city's slickest slopes.
Fort Needham Park — 3 toboggans out of 5
At the bottom of the list, this small double-bump hill is great for younger riders.
Pros: Easy to climb back up after a run, well-worn pathways make for a leisurely trip down.
Cons: Not much parking and simply too short to keep older kids (and immature journalists) entertained.
Flynn Park — 4 toboggans out of 5
This gem of the west end has fun twists and turns, not to mention the sweet jump someone built. Good for teenage riders.
Pros: Lots of benches for when you need a break, and good visibility from the road.
Cons: Lack of parking. You might get a face full of chain-link fence if you've got enough speed.
Gorsebrook School — 4 toboggans out of 5
The kids who go here probably can't wait for school to start so they can go for a rip down this classic south-end slope. Something for all ages.
Pros: Different levels of steepness depending on how brave you're feeling. Plus you're right next to the IWK if you need to re-attach an arm or leg.
Cons: Crowded. There's typically enough people here after a good snowfall that you may find yourself having to wait your turn.
Citadel Hill — 4 toboggans out of 5
We all knew this was coming: the biggest hill on our list and certainly the best known.
Pros: Easy to find, loads of parking and a great view from the top.
Cons: Riddled with gut-punching bumps and valleys. And since it's downtown with roads on all sides, you might find yourself out on the street.
The Pit — 5 toboggans out of 5
My first impression of the No. 1 hill on our list was simply "Good grief, that's steep". Truly a thrilling, chilling, afternoon killing machine in the deep north end.
Pros: Great for getting the blood pumping, and slopes into a bowl shape making it accessible for lower skill levels. Also has a handy path back to the top, letting you get in more runs.
Cons: You need a helmet. The nature of this hill and the speed at which you and other riders are moving makes safety paramount. This is a drag if you hate helmet hair as much as I do.
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