Outdoor winter fun abounds for everyone this holiday season

Lack of snow, warm temperatures can’t stop Winnipeggers

Two people ice skating on a frozen pond.
All but a handful of amenities are now open and ready for Winnipeggers to have some winter fun.

Unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snowfall haven’t stopped Santa’s elves from readying City parks for the busy holiday break.

All but a handful of amenities are now open and ready for Winnipeggers to have some winter fun.

“It’s our holiday gift to Winnipeggers,” said Parks Administrator Kyle Lucyk, whose staff have been frantically flooding rinks and grooming slides over the past week.

“Ensuring people can access these fun, free options over the break fills our staff with some real holiday cheer.”

You can hit the ice on one of the City’s dozens of pleasure rinks – just remember to leave your sticks at home as hockey isn’t allowed. You can also lace up your skates on the ponds at Kildonan Park, Harbourview Recreation Complex, and St. Vital Park.

Toboggan slides are also open at:

  • Bunn’s Creek Park
  • Crescent Drive Park
  • Fraser’s Grove Park
  • Kings Park

Kildonan Park and St. Vital Park slides won’t open until more snow falls.

The only open toboggan hill is Westview Park. We remind visitors here to pay attention to the no-sliding signs in off-limits areas for their own safety.

People should also pay attention to the changing conditions of rinks and hills as the weather fluctuates.

“Changing weather can change the conditions of any given site pretty quickly and staff aren’t as readily available over the holidays,” said Lucyk. “We’re inspecting sites as we’re able, but encourage people to use common sense before skating or sliding,”

Consult our website for more information on available winter amenities.

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