30 Activities To Ward Off Cabin Fever

A lot can change in the course of a couple weeks. Now, many of us find ourselves adjusting to living, working, and recreating at home. While it is important to keep our distance from others, this does not equate getting cabin fever – if you are able to get outdoors while safely social distancing yourself from others, getting into the fresh air can do wonders to keep your spirits up. There’s been a saying floating around the Internet that goes, “The outdoors is still open.” Depending on where you live in BC, spring may be in full swing or there might be three feet of snow. No matter the weather, here’s some ideas to ward off cabin fever!


  1. Go beachcombing
  2. Head out ice fishing

    Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Have a campfire

    Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.
  5. Make homemade preserves
  6. Learn to make bannock
  7. Strap on the snowshoes
  8. Go target shooting

    Target shooting.
    Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.
  9. Make homemade jerky
  10. Read a book on outdoor ethics and values
  11. Go shed hunting
  12. Take your dog for a walk
  13. Practice tying knots
  14. Learn how to ID plants by reading a plant ID book
  15. Get out and go foraging.

    Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.
  16. Break out the board and card games
  17. Start some seeds
  18. Teach your kids how to light a fire
  19. Clean your firearms
  20. Organize your tacklebox
  21. Get out in the boat and go fishing
  22. Start a journal
  23. Tie some flies
  24. BBQ some steaks
  25. Catch up on episodes of your favourite outdoors show (BC Outdoors Sportfishing TV, anyone?)
  26. Organize your camping gear
  27. Purchase your hunting tags for the 2020/2021 season online
  28. Learn a new survival skill
  29. Organize your photos from the 2019 hunting and fishing season

    Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.
  30. Go canoeing or kayaking

These are just some ideas to keep you occupied in the upcoming days – and remember, depending on your circumstances, social distancing does not mean being cooped up indoors. This is a great chance to slow down and reconnect with both nature and your family, and to appreciate the little things in life that we often take for granted.

Credit: Raeanne O’Meara.