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Syrian Kids Try Canadian Rite of Passage: Tobogganing

Squealing with delight

Syrian Children Experience Snow for First Time |

One of the sure perks of experiencing a first Canadian winter has to be tobogganing. Newly landed Syrian refugees couldn't suppress squeals and giggles on their inaugural sledding excursion in Peterborough, Ont.

"They were all smiles," said David McNab, who captured the family's unbridled joy recently on on a GoPro. "It was like Christmastime watching them get ready to go. They absolutely love snow."

OPP McNab, together with 13 others, sponsored the Syrian refugee family - an experience he likens to winning the lottery.

10 year-old Ibrahim Akalaf couldn't stop smiling as he and his two siblings, Ansam, 13, and Dalya, 9, flew down the hill again and again.

The glee on Amour Hill was infectious that day. And no wonder. 

We take so much for granted. I can only imagine what it must be like to see the white stuff for the first time in your life. The innocent wonder of catching a snowflake on your tongue or feeling the rush of wind as you race down the hill on a sled.

After what these families have been through, they deserve some old-fashioned fun in the great outdoors. Easily the best clip we've seen this week. 

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