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.
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.”
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.