Midway’s heaven on earth

In case you missed our announcement: my family is moving to Midway, Utah this summer! For the story and reasons behind the move, go here.

I’ve been slammed with questions and emails that I tried to answer in my previous blog post but will expound upon them a bit now and plan to write a more official article with my travel tips after our move. We can’t wait for our many adventures in our new home!

About Midway

Nicknamed “Little Switzerland,” Midway is located in the Heber Valley and is literally heaven on earth. Our Swiss-themed hamlet is nestled at the base of Wasatch Mountain State Park and has outstanding year-round outdoor recreation including golf, fly fishing, boating and watersports, plus skiing and other winter sports with Deer Valley and Park City Resort only 15 minutes from our doorstep. Summer and winter temperatures (thankfully) average 5 degrees cooler than Denver and snowfall is abundant, which makes me a very happy Canuck. The Midway Ice Castles are a popular tourist attraction during the winter months.

Midway is practically surrounded by water. Jordanelle Reservoir is popular for boating, the Provo River is less than a mile from our house and is a fisherman and tuber’s dream and we have a gorgeous view of Deer Creek Reservoir from our home. I foresee this family taking up many watersports in our future!

So long as I don’t have to get my face wet. File that under “Some Things That Will Never Change.”

I’ve always dreamed of living in the mountains but never aspired to live in the middle of nowhere. Midway is the best of both worlds. Our tiny town of 4,000 is 15 minutes from Park City and 40 minutes to Salt Lake City where Jamie’s family lives. I can have my cake and eat it, too.

A few fun facts about Midway from the Heber Valley Chamber.

  • Despite its growing population, the Heber Valley boasts a 25:1 ratio of fish to people.
  • A series of warm-water hotpots are sprinkled throughout Midway City. Our family went swimming in The Homestead Resort’s famous crater over spring break.
  • Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic venue for X-Country Skiing, was one of the most visited sites of the 2002 games. We had a blast on their lift-serviced tubing hill last week!
  • The number of golf holes within a five mile radius is one of the greatest in the Western United States.
  • The Heber Valley Rail Road, once a major transporter of sheep, now carries 75,000 visitors per year.
  • Red Rocks are prominent on the East end of the valley while soaring mountains are located to the West.
  • More than 1,000 miles of snowmobile trails wind throughout the area (the equivalent of riding to Denver, twice).

Stay tuned next week where I’ll give updates on our new home and all the [not so] fun things that go into pulling this move together.

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