With this weekend’s seasonal temperatures, Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Trail should be ready to go in about a week. Even earlier if crews at The Forks have their way.
The popular winter attraction is usually open by now — typically around New Year’s Day — but this year’s warm spell to begin the season halted plans due to open water and thin ice.
Flooding of the trail began on Tuesday in the Historic Port, extending further east toward the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. But while the ice may look like it’s ready to go, officials warn to stay off the water until given the all-clear. Crews still need to test the ice’s thickness before the public can lace up and glide up and down its surface.
Daytime highs for the coming week look to be hovering around the -20°C mark — perfect weather for workers of the trail to complete the job.
Back on land, about 40 artists from China are nearing completion of their ice sculptures for the Great Ice Show, which is set to open January 25.
WATCH: A skater takes advantage of the trails throughout The Forks’ Arctic Glacier Winter Park this week.