March 2, 2018

Rebirth and the Last Moon of Winter

The last full moon before the spring equinox is called the worm moon. Although it might be hard to believe with snow on the ground, earthworms are beginning to move. As the last moon of winter rises over the Columbia Valley sap is rising up tree trunks and great horned owls that mated during snowstorms sit on eggs.

If you’re in the valley maybe you too are thinking of new beginnings, perhaps cleaning off your golf clubs or upping your step count for your first hike or bike ride of spring.

Massage therapists at Natural Springs Spa or Pleiades Spa & Wellness can work out your stiff winter muscles, or take part in a full moon chakra yoga class. If you think you’ll need new equipment to get your spring groove going the pros at Copper Point Resort or Eagle Ranch will be happy to help.

Sipping a cup of coffee or tea has been a soothing ritual for generations but few think about the origin of their drink of choice. The fifth annual Invermere Coffee Fest March 2 – 4 has dozens of events to put a spring in your step. Try painting your own mug, taste testing new blends or heading to Kinsmen Beach for an outdoor coffee bean roast by former wildland firefighters.

Celebrate the end of winter at the High Notes Music Festival March 23 – 25 with performances by musicians singing blues, rock, folk and country tunes. In its second year this spring ritual will connect your body’s rhythms to the music of some of Canada’s most established independent artists.

If your salute to winter’s end includes children, try Easter egg painting, scavenger hunts, and brunch March 30 to April 2 at Copper Point Resort. You’ll be hopping towards the first full moon of spring and the valley’s renewal.

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