Leave the Car at Home Friday, Put on the Skates

People enjoy a walk on the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail earlier this month. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Only in Winnipeg would such a thing like “Ice It To Work Day” exist, but that’s exactly what’s happening on Friday.

The Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail will be the commuting route of choice for people as they skate, ski, snowshoe, bike, run or walk to work and school.

“We are excited to see so many people take to the trail each weekend, and participate in the great programming offered, but there are many other ways to enjoy the trail on a daily basis,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer of The Forks. “It’s a fantastic way to get in to work while taking in the sights along the river.”

From 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., the first 100 commuters to stop by any of the four hosted Pit Stops at the official access points will receive free hot chocolate, special surprises and gifts.

The trail runs 3.5 kilometres along the Red River from Churchill Drive to The Forks. Commuters can access the trail at Churchill Drive, Balsam Bay, the Norwood Bridge and The Forks.