Lace up your skates because it’s skating season again!

After years of the pandemic, skaters can once again glide on the ice at the Forks Canopy Rink, CN Stage Rink and the Nestaweya River Trail.

The Forks is happy to welcome visitors to the groomed skating, walking, biking and cross-country ski trails; featuring free family-friendly programs such as horse-drawn sleigh rides, live DJ, storytelling, drumming and more all Sundays of January and February.

A group of friends – Malaya Tolentino, Wave Lacap, Gabriella Tolentino, Alec Grant, and Io Grant were just among the many who packed The Forks recently to welcome the winter and enjoy skating and other activities that the season offers.

Gliding into 2023

As winter has officially started and the new year is upon us, people started to hit the outdoors. Last January 2, packed skating rinks and trails at the Forks witnessed many people gliding into the new year, propelling on ice in their skates as they embrace the winter of 2023.

“Getting back on the frozen river is such a special moment in the year – we love adding more fun public spaces to The Forks and welcoming visitors to the groomed skating, walking, biking and cross-country ski trails,” says Sara Stasiuk, Chief Executive Officer, The Forks North Portage. “Soon, more sections of the frozen trail will open and our community members will be able to experience even more of the river, enjoying this unique perspective of the city only winter can deliver.”

For those looking for winter outdoor activities, Arctic Glacier Winter Park offers a winter experience for all ages and abilities, with a tobogganing hill, skating rinks and over 1.2 km of groomed on-land skating and walking trails.

A skate-changing facility is available inside The Forks Market for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors are welcome to bring their own equipment to enjoy in Arctic Glacier Winter Park. Skates and skate-assisting devices can be rented inside The Forks Market as well as kick sleds, cross-country skis, and fat-tire bikes.

Sections of Nestaweya River Trail presented by The Winnipeg Foundation will continue to open on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers as nature allows. Updates can always be found at

Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal