In the midst of celebrating our great Festival du Voyageur, I’d like to reflect on how warm and wonderful winter can be here in our community — despite the frigid temperatures.
If you’ve been to any of the fantastic carnivals and events in Fort Garry-Riverview these past few months, you know what I mean.
The season kicked off with the opening of the Red River Mutual Trail in mid-January. The trail fosters a true sense of joie de vivre in anyone who skates, hikes or skis there. The folks at Riverview Community Centre added an extra challenge this year with the First Annual Frostbite Run, which my wife Susan decided to tackle. How impressive to see so many runners braving bitter cold temperatures and high winds on the five-kilometre river trail from the community centre to the Forks and back.
The Fort Garry Community Centre held its Winter Carnival on Feb. 1, with a host of fabulous outdoor activities during the day and a Winter Social and Chicken Bowling event for adults in the evening. Chicken Bowling! It was so good to have a chance to visit with everyone.
On Feb. 2, the action returned to the Red River Mutual Trail where the residents of Norwood and Riverview held their second annual River Party. I appreciated the day of pleasant conversations enjoyed over hot chocolate and bannock! It was good to see our voyageur friends again from La Compagnie de La Vérendrye, who kindly adorned my MLA calendar this year.
Thanks in part to the good work of the Prairie Pathfinders, the province has now officially designated the second Saturday in February as Winter Walk Day. True to the spirit of that proclamation there were many outdoor activities in and around the community. Wildwood Community Club also hosted its Winter Carnival on Feb. 8, this year with an Olympic theme.
With so many places to play and to hike, it was a great place to be on a winter afternoon.
For me personally, winter is a season to play hockey and I was very honoured to be invited to play at the Riverview Community Club 4x4 event that same weekend.
Congratulations to all of these great organizations and a big thank-you to the volunteers who keep the fires burning when the rest of us would rather hibernate. It’s such a pleasure to get out and enjoy some of the wonderful opportunities these events give us to play, celebrate and socialize.
If you have a community event you would like to promote, please call my constituency office at 204-475-2270. We’d love to help.