Up here, April is a whole year in just one month. The dark of winter gives way to “white nights,” as the sun stays up until 10 p.m. Temperatures creep above freezing, and on land the snow starts to vanish. Yet, for another month or more, the lakes will stay swaddled in snow and frozen a metre thick. This is an ideal time for outdoor sports: In a single day you could ski in a t-shirt, go cycling down the Ingraham Trail, and then sunbathe on a snowmobile.