ACTIVITY GUIDE - CONFINEMENT
While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed our way of life, it has not changed the passion we feel for all the moments, events and celebrations that give so much meaning to our lives. This year the activities will be very different. However, our values and the things that are important to us remain the same. What has changed is how safely we can celebrate. Fortunately, we live in a time where it is possible to rethink our way of things, so that we can feel close to those we love, while respecting public health guidelines. Health Promotion has put together in this guide a range of ideas for activities, resources and relaxing moments. It can therefore serve as a reference to plan moments of happiness alone or with your loved ones.
*Please note that the proposed activities do not come from Strengthening the Forces or PSP. These are activities sought by our team and put together in this document. Health Promotion does not endorse all content and your critical judgment might be required.
For a little more reading related to our 4 pillars, here are links that have been updated.
Enjoying the outdoors helps feeling great mentally and physically in addition to being accessible to all. Here are some suggestions for activities that will fill your days.
Downhill Skiing and Sledding
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Many cross-country skiing sites offer free access and free equipment loan for 12 years old and under.
The popularity of ice skating is high on the list of winter activities to do with your family. There is every reason to believe that this will be the case again this winter. In addition to municipal ice rinks, several sites feature ice rings in enchanting settings, lit up in the evenings and entertainment on weekends. This is the case for Village Boréal de Saint-Félicien, Parc Mille Lieux de la colline and Centre de villégiature Dam-en-terre.
Change your walking routine and discover one of these heritage tours:
Heritage Circuits | Saguenay Tourism Office - Saguenay's Official Tourism website. A city, a fjord, urban life, the great outdoors, cruises, amazing shows: everything needed for your vacations!
Cook a meal on a campfire:
10 recettes à cuisiner sur un feu de camp cet été (fraichementpresse.ca)
23 Easy Recipes for Your Fire Pit (or Grill) | Kitchn (thekitchn.com)
Historic village of Val-Jalbert:
For the first time since 1988, discover the historic village of Val-Jalbert in a different way during the winter season. In a historic and magical environment, several activities will allow you to have fun: slides, outdoor fireplaces, blueberry shoots on snow in addition to the trails laid out among the houses, the waterfall and the icy canyon.
Village historique de Val-Jalbert | Destination touristique
Ready for a challenge? The Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean Snow Castle Challenge.
This challenge, which will take place from January 4 to March 8, 2021, across Quebec, aims to develop interest in physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Build a castle and take a picture of it! Prizes to be won.
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/defichateaudeneige/
Outdoor Winter 2020-2021 Program
Take a look at the PSL counter's holiday schedule for your tickets (page 2 of the link below)
There is usually a wide range of fun indoor things to do in the community. Even though options might be more limited this year, check out these ideas and take advantage of these few opportunities to get out of the house.
Fancy family water games, Aquafun is:
Water games, a mega pool, 2 spas, a Hammam, slides, SuperSplash, floating games, a cold waterfall.
Other places for swimming:
Indoor free skating:
Loisirs - Saguenay | Patinage libre intérieur
While you might finally have some time to spend some time in the comfort of your home why don’t you try new and/or different activities! Here is a variety of suggestions:
Radio-Canada offers free audiobooks for young and older:
Livres audio | Première | Radio-Canada Première (radio-canada.ca) (French only)
Of course, you can spend hours in the kitchen preparing dishes, sometimes festive, sometimes traditional. But you can also take it easy and order a lunch box that will only have to be arranged on the table or simmer a little before tasting it.
Gourmet meal Boxes :
Ask your local restaurant or your favourite caterer, many offer menus for picking or delivery!
Tips for making better choices at the restaurant
Crafts or other:
Tutorials for DIY, crafts, etc.
Sewing tutorials https://mellysews.com/tutorials/ https://www.sewcanshe.com/
DIY and family activities
CFMWS youtube channel offers various trainings and sports activities, led by PSP fitness instructors. No need for gym or big equipment!
CF Morale and Welfare Services - YouTube
Force4 at home is making all together Energy blocks every day! Don't miss this opportunity to get your kids moving in your living room.
Séries | Force 4 (French only)
ParticipACTION - Home | ParticipACTION
Pilates Pilates | ParticipACTION
Yoga Yoga | ParticipACTION
June 10, 2020 - Yoga & Range of Motion - Bing video PSP Halifax
Cosmic Kids Yoga – Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for children. You'll find interactive content that builds strength, balance and confidence!
Re-kindling the flame: 12 active date ideas to spice things up a notch | ParticipACTION
This year, we are discovering more than ever the virtual world! As people might not be able to spend time with family and friends, maintaining our social ties will be crucial during this time. Here are some suggestions for virtual activities that could help break social isolation and entertain you:
Online Escape Game, Free or by Paying: Play alone or as a team, 100% online, enter a scenario where you will have a series of puzzles to solve that will allow you to get the conclusion of the story and thus succeed your goal. Have fun, use your imagination and logic to succeed the game.
Jeux, 100% en ligne, à jouer dans le confort de votre demeure!! - Évade-toi Saint-Jérôme (evade-toi.com) (French)
Platform for role-playing (e.g. dungeon and dragon). Platform in English
Online board game platform:
The Board Game Arena platform, launched in 2010, offers 175 different board games. A mix of very popular and lesser-known titles rub shoulders. If a large part of the collection is free, it is possible to pay a monthly or yearly subscription: Play board games online from your browser • Board Game Arena
Tabletopia is one of the largest online board gaming platforms. It is possible to play its more than 800 board games either via browser or by downloading the free app on Steam. With such a collection, we find clearly for all tastes, on the other hand you have to pay a Premium subscription to have access to all games. https://tabletopia.com/ (English)
Jeopardy game: create one or play games https://jeopardylabs.com/
Family Treasure Hunt (French and English)
Virtual Bingo Virtual Bingo Services - Bingo Maker/
Virtual karaoke online or on application http://www.thekaraokechannel.com/ paying
Although theatres, museums and libraries are closed to the public, there are several options available to you to fuel your hunger for arts and culture! Here is a list of proposals:
Purchase of Quebec shows (song, humour) https://livedanstonsalon.com/
Various Quebec shows
Virtual shows (multiple artists):
Au Cirque du Soleil, https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect
Escape through the fun and fantasy of the shows. More than ever, they continue to spread joy, even from afar, directly into our homes.
Discover the OSM's great events, relive the virtual and musical aperitifs, enjoy the 2019 and 2020 Children's Ball, solve symphonic crossword puzzles or listen to the musical gifts offered by the musicians of the OSM The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is just a click away!
Watch and Listen - Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (osm.ca)
La BAnQ https://blogues.banq.qc.ca/chezmoi/2020/03/16/des-ressources-en-ligne-pour-remplacer-vos-sorties-culturelles/ offers a variety of virtual cultural outings: libraries, museums, plays, concerts, operas, ballet and dance and cinema. (French)
Are you 13 or younger? The Great Library’s Youth Space https://jeunes.banq.qc.ca/pj/ is for you. Books, movies, video games and more have been carefully selected for you. Visit this site regularly: librarians present their favourites, as well as sources of information on a variety of topics. (French)
Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, MoMa and several museums around the world open their doors virtually. From Google Arts and Culture's rich collection of virtual museums, Collections — Google Arts & Culture it is possible to zoom in on the works to have access to their details, in addition to the descriptions, almost as if we were there.
This site https://heureduconte.ca/ brings together, on the same platform, the virtual fairy tales hours and audio storytelling to the delight of children! (French)
Whether you choose them to entertain yourself, to learn more about a topic or to get inspired, a wide variety of podcasts exists. Here are some suggestions to start exploring this almost endless world... Try a few, ask those around you what they're listening to, and you'll quickly build a list that meets your interests.
Balados | Première | Radio-Canada Première (radio-canada.ca)
On s'appelle et on déjeune | Radio-Canada Première (radio-canada.ca) For those who like to hear about nutrition from different angles, you'll love this podcast.
L'incroyable histoire | Radio-Canada Première (radio-canada.ca) A super interesting way to learn more about key history events.
Le guide de survie des Débrouillards | Radio-Canada Première (radio-canada.ca) Scientific podcast for kids, youth...and adults.
Nos questions niaiseuses https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/balados/6901/catherine-ethier-mathieu-pichette-reponses
Do the silly questions deserve answers? For host Mathieu Pichette and comedian Catherine Ethier, the answer is yes! And they don't take Radio-Canada's mandate to "inform, enlighten and entertain" lightly! They go around superfluous subjects and take a very serious look at.
El Kapoutchi https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/balados/4815/elkapoutchi Enter the whimsical world of El Kapoutchi, the king of the villains, a character at once wacky and endearing, ready to do anything to annoy the children. Stories designed for small ears (4 to 8 years old), but that will satisfy the older ones too.
Sans Filtre Podcast - Studio SF
Sans Filtre is a weekly variety podcast hosted by PH Cantin and Doum Plante in which they talk to personalities from all walks of view in order to have substantive discussions.
Don't miss the episodes in the presence of the Pharmachien (Olivier Bernard).
Episodes | Science Vs (gimletmedia.com)
Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.
TED Radio Hour | Podcasts | TED
TED Radio Hour investigates the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers.
Dare to Lead Podcast | Brené Brown (brenebrown.com)
Conversations with change-catalysts, culture-shifters and more than a few troublemakers who are innovating, creating, and daring to lead.
Several comedians produce podcasts. Find your favourites and follow them!
Setting goals is good, but being able to achieve them is even better. This app helps to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating five fruits and vegetables a day or drinking more water, or reducing your intake of alcohol or added sugar. Specific frequency reminders allow you to repeat a good habit, such as drinking water every two hours. In addition, inspirational quotes help keep her motivated. The free version offers to follow up to five habits, which is more than enough to start with. HabitBull
Find the inspiration to cook at any time of the day with Cuisinidées, an app created by Dietitians ofCanada. Recipe ideas are served based on your mood and schedule. Don't forget to try the new My Menu Planner tool! https://www.cookspiration.com/home.aspx
Calm (iOS, Android)
This app lets you decide how long you want to meditate or just relax, with soothing sounds and nature scenes. Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax - Apps on Google Play
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has developed a free mobile application that makes it easier for CAF personnel to access their mental health training program, Road to Mental Preparedness (RVPM), anytime, anywhere in the world. R2MR - Apps on Google Play
Healthy eating for holidays and events – Canada’s Food Guide
Discover the food
10 Tips for a Delicious and Healthy Holiday Season - Unlock Food
Emotional Management tools
Teaching Feelings and Emotions: 30+ Best Resources to Use With Kids (childhood101.com)
Mental Health Archives - CMHA National
Canada Suicide Prevention Service | Crisis Services Canada
Preventing Suicide | Gouvernement du Québec (quebec.ca)
Free Online Mindfulness Courses | Mindfulness Exercises
Tai Chi | ParticipACTION
PSP Bagotville videos PSP BFC BAGOTVILLE - YouTube
Give yourself a moment to better understand the stigma by viewing these short capsules. (in french)
The stigma (english site) around substance use is one of the biggest barriers for people seeking and receiving treatment for substance use disorders. Stigma often takes the form of discriminatory attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Stigma is most apparent in stigmatizing language, which relies heavily on stereotypes to shame and belittle individuals. Words matter. Changing our words can encourage more compassion.
Want to find out your blood alcohol level, see what the law says or learn exactly what a standard drink is? Our tools provide the answers! Tools Archive - Éduc'alcool
A veritable goldmine of original recipes for mocktails and low-alcohol cocktails that makes it easy for your guests to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Alternalcohol features over 100 recipes, with a “search by ingredient” option. Alternalcohol - Éduc'alcool (educalcool.qc.ca)