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Tobogganing is an enjoyable activity that involves sliding down a snow-covered hill on a slippery surface (plastic mat) or sled.
Tobogganing has a long tradition with Inuit and Cree of northern Canada. It was originally used to carry children and goods over snow and then became a recreational pastime. Nowadays, there are tobogganing bans in certain parts of Canada for fear that the risk of injury is too high for kids. And to that we say, are you informed about all the positive benefits of risky play for kids?

Tobogganing is best on snow-covered slope with a pretty good pitch.

How to play
Modern toboggans are usually crafted from wood or plastic with a slippery base that will glide on snow. A large piece of cardboard or garbage bag will do in a pinch! Take the toboggan to the top of a hill, sit or lie on it, and enjoy the ride to the bottom!

Suggested equipment
- Helmet
- Winter clothing
- Hat and mitts
- Toboggan

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.
Those who are blind or visually impaired can have fun tobogganing with a second person to navigate.

Very little adaptations are required for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The environment (the slopes, the routes etc.) must be a safe ground for all participants. Ensure that there are no obstacles.
Learning/Cognitive Disabilities
There are no modifications required for tobogganing. Go with a friend. Choose the slope that is right. Be safe and have fun!
Mobility Limitation
Tobogganing can be fun for everyone. Bring a buddy to share the fun. Choose the hill that is right for you. If you love tobogganing, you may want to try sit skiing. Contact Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers.

Benefits of Tobogganing

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

See Benefits and Guidelines

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