Winnipeggers Take Advantage of Warm Spell at The Forks

Winnipeggers Take Advantage of Warm Spell at The Forks

Border collies Razzie and Dina pull a youngster along during a kicksledding demonstation put on by the Snow Motion Winter Dog Sports Club of Manitoba on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at The Forks. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Susie and Karen from the Snow Motion Winter Dog Sports Club of Manitoba (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

If you didn’t get outdoors on Saturday, you missed out on what was a perfectly mild day to enjoy being outside.

Down at The Forks, a number of activities were keeping people busy, from curling on the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail, to skijoring at the Historic Port.

Inside, Chinese New Year festivities were going on, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with lion and folk dancing, martial arts, cooking demonstrations and musical performances.

Skaters who wanted to take a whirl up to Churchill Drive were a bit disappointed, however, given the warm temperatures have made the river trail a slushy mess in some spots. Officials say it’s not cold enough to launch the Zamboni on the river, which on the positive side meant you didn’t need to take cover in those warming huts to escape the elements. Saturday’s high climbed to 2°C.

But hopefully the ice conditions will improve by next week, where Environment Canada is calling for an end to our little February heat wave by forecasting more seasonal temperatures in the mid to high minus teens for the coming days.

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