A portion of one of Canada’s longest outdoor skating trails has opened just in time for the new year.
The first leg of the Nestaweya River Trail opened Sunday along the frozen surface of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine and Red rivers, according to a press release from The Forks.
The trail typically ranges from seven to 10 kilometres between the two intersecting rivers, and The Forks encourages Manitobans to get outside and walk, bike, skate and cross-country ski on its paths.
The Forks said in the release that more sections of the trail are expected to open soon.
The trail was renamed last year to honour the original Cree name used for The Forks. Nestaweya means “three points,” and reflects how people historically came to the area from three directions on the rivers.
The first leg of Nestaweya River Trail presented by @wpgfdn is officially open! The Forks Historic Port portion is ready for you to experience the city from this unique perspective. 😍
More sections of the Nestaweya River Trail will continue to open as nature allows.
Winter Park activities open
New Year’s Day also marks the return of programming at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park for the first time since 2020.
Storytelling and drumming with Elder Barbara Nepinak will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday in January and February, and Soul on Ice DJs will play at a skating rink as well, according to a news release. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are also on offer, leaving every 30 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Visitors can also make use of the skating and walking trails, an Olympic-sized skating rink and tobogganing in CN Field.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides are back as part of the programming starting up again at The Forks on Sundays in January and February. (Facebook/The Forks)