Here we are in heart of the winter. Some have bolted for the south, but most of us stayed. There are gripes about ice and snow but there are the joys of winter, another reason this is such a great place to live.

It isn’t all about snow, though there are four ski hills within half an hour on the Canadian side and 45 minutes to Jay Peak in Vermont. The walking path is now extended past Argyll Road to Foster — and will be even better when the Trestle Cove connection joins up both ends of the path.

The lake has become a truly year-round facility. There is a paid town employee who keeps the fire going at the beach and the ice path is plowed clear of snow for skating, walking and skiing. Both the lake, walking paths and golf courses are also wonderful play- grounds for snow-shoe aficionados and other activities.

The lake at midday sometimes swarms with people, especially on the weekends. And there is ice fishing, with some boasting a catch of 50 fish in one day.

Ice fishing does have its drawbacks. Because of all the fishermen who come from near and far, the parking lot at Douglass Beach is jammed as if it were a steamy week in July. That does not leave much space for locals who want to exercise and enjoy their lake.

Not everyone yearns for the outdoors but, if they so desire, there is lots to keep them busy.

There are new art galleries in town, including one profiled by John Griffin in this issue, where the artists create on-site and display their works. The theatre now has a winter season and the Knowlton Players are ramping up for Mamma Mia and dinner theatre. The Acoustic Village at Star Café regularly presents talented musicians and you only have to check “Bulletins” and “Arts and Culture” to see all the happenings.

The Town of Brome Lake is changing. There are younger people moving in and others who are returning after years working and living somewhere else. The joys of winter are one of the many attractions of this area.