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Skating Rink Opens at Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Skating Rink Opens at Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland (HANDOUT)

If skating at The Forks doesn’t fit into your weekend schedule, perhaps lacing up at Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is more your jam.

The Red River Exhibition opened the skating rink to visitors on Friday, allowing free use with regular admission to the holiday light show.

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Old Market Square Skating Rink Reopening to the Public

Old Market Square Skating Rink Reopening to the Public

Old Market Square Skating Rink
The skating rink in Old Market Square will reopen for public use on Thursday, March 9. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A relatively new winter attraction in Old Market Square will reopen on Thursday after unseasonably warm weather this past week.

The public skating rink in the Exchange District was installed earlier this winter as a feasibility study to test long-term effects to the Old Market Square landscape.

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River Skating Trail Opens at The Forks

River Skating Trail Opens at The Forks

Red River Trail
The Red River Mutual Trail opened for the season at The Forks on Monday. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Skaters, lace ’em up. The Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks is open for the season.

This year’s trail expands back on the Assiniboine River after three years of being centralized in the Port area and on the Red River. Ice has been groomed to 1.3 kilometres on the Assiniboine from The Forks to Osborne Village, as well as 0.7 kilometres on the Red River to the Norwood Bridge.

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Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Rink Opening for Skating

Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Rink Opening for Skating

Assiniboine Park Duck Pond
The Assiniboine Park duck pond skating rink opens for the season on Friday. (APC / HANDOUT)

Just in time for Christmas!

The Assiniboine Park’s Riley Family Duck Pond is opening to skaters at noon on Friday.

The nearby toboggan run just south of the pond is also open. Visitors can warm up by the fireplace inside the Qualico Family Centre located on the edge of the rink.

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Lace ‘Em Up: The Forks Canopy Rink is Open

Lace ‘Em Up: The Forks Canopy Rink is Open

The canopy skating rink at The Forks officially opened today. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The rule of thumb every year is once you can see your breath, the opening of the canopy skating rink at The Forks isn’t far off.

The ice is frozen and freshly-flooded downtown and the skate rental kiosk is also open for business.

“We’re embracing winter here at The Forks,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks. “With the first rink open and the opening of Arctic Glacier Winter Park just around the corner, we’re excited to get out there.”

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Skating Trail at The Forks Closing on Sunday

Skating Trail at The Forks Closing on Sunday

The Forks River Trail Flooding
Crews flood the river trail at The Forks on January 12, 2016. (THE FORKS / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — With the balmy weather forecast this weekend, the Red River Mutual Trail will host its last skate of the season on Sunday night.

The trail opened January 21 and was open for 46 days. At its peak, the trail saw about 18,000 visitors on Louis Riel Day in February.

“It’s been a memorable season with new warming huts, canoe races, a fashion show on ice, an art gallery under the bridge, and so much more,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks.

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Winnipeg River Trail at Risk of Not Opening as Warm Weather Lingers

Winnipeg River Trail at Risk of Not Opening as Warm Weather Lingers

Assiniboine River
Open sections of water were visible on the Assiniboine River at The Forks on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. (CHRISD.CA)
Red River
The Red River also has portions of open water, as seen on Tuesday afternoon. (CHRISD.CA)

Thin ice may keep Winnipeg’s most popular winter attraction on land this winter.

The river trail at The Forks is in jeopardy as warmer than normal temperatures stick around into the first week of January. Open sections of water on both the Red and Assiniboine rivers have kept crews off the ice and unable to prepare for the skating trail.

But skaters aren’t completely out of luck while waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate. On-land skating trails are open across the old railway bridge, as well as throughout the Arctic Glacier Winter Park behind the Inn at The Forks. The canopy skating rink is also open.

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Duck Pond Skating Rink to Open at Assiniboine Park

Duck Pond Skating Rink to Open at Assiniboine Park

Children play on the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond skating rink on December 30, 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Children play on the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond skating rink on December 30, 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The popular duck pond skating rink at Assiniboine Park is set to open at noon on Thursday.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy also says the family-style toboggan run just south of the pond is now open.

Visitors can warm up by the fireplace inside the Qualico Family Centre located on the edge of the duck pond and the Park Café will be offering breakfast and lunch options.

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