Last night Dar and I took our nephew Eric out for a night of Winnipeg Christmas tradition, we took a spin on the Assiniboine Valley Railway.
Assiniboine Valley Railway Logo
In the early 1980’s Bill Taylor, a model train enthusiast with a large property in Charleswood was doing an expansion to his house and had a vision. He dreamed of taking the 1000 foot HO gauge railway that he had in his basement and moving it outside to create a train mecca in Winnipeg.
Entering the Assiniboine Valley Railway
A train full of happy people zips by in the night
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As we begin to get together for the holiday season with family and friends I want to put a little nugget to think about in your brain. Does religion encourage intolerance of those who are different?
Ten Commandments Cartoon
Let’s say for example you’re with the extended family over the break and your favorite uncle or auntie who has maybe had a few too many comes over and attempts to debate how wrong (value x) is. Let’s also say since they are recently born again into the religion of their choosing, they start to fling bible quotes to back up this belief of hatred.
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I just watched my all time favorite Christmas program, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and in watching it a couple of things dawned on me.
Sometimes we all feel like that sad little tree that Charlie and Linus pick up in the crowded Christmas Tree lot. You know what I mean, a little or a lot beat up, maybe feeling scrawny on the inside. Unloved or just a bit crazy around the edges for the holiday season.
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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.
Ice skating under the canopy at The Forks.
The big tent, I helped build and install this canopy in the early 90's.
The Ice Castle.
Even adults can't resist playing with the kids in the castle
A nice day out for families in the sun.
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