In the lull between Christmas and New Years Day many in the city either have the week off outright or work reduced hours. It seems to suit the character of Winnipeg, families get a chance to spend time together and enjoy a little break before things start back up in earnest.
I took a little drive one afternoon to check out one of my favourite haunts, The Forks Market. It was alive with activity skaters as flew by everywhere on the icy paths that are converted for the season. The chilly temperature of -18c seemed warm in the afternoon sun. People walked and skated laughing just enjoying the day. Children held mom and dad’s hand or ran with friends everywhere. The centre of activity for the little ones is an ice castle, complete with 4 entrances and an ice slide in the middle.
Just past the central courtyard various footpaths have been covered with ice to form a series of skating paths. They crisscross through the park passing the Oodena Celebration Circle which resembles a shallow bowl or amphitheatre. In the centre one can gaze through star markers that pinpoint celestial events throughout the year. Each one marks a cosmic event that aligns the stars through a series of hoops that you can look through at the bottom of the bowl.
Crossing the frozen Assiniboine River is a decommissioned lift bridge. The skating path brings skaters over the river and into St. Boniface. On the river yet another winter playground awaits the young at heart. Curling rinks and hockey ice are already taking shape on the frozen waterway. Also the beginnings of a long distance skating path is plowed from the drifting snow that has fallen earlier.
I hope you enjoyed my day at The Forks as much as I did taking these photos.