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A boy is captured skating under the canopy at The Forks on a perfect afternoon in early December. The holidays are a great time to check out local toboggan slides , pleasure skating rinks and public skating times at your local community centres.

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A boy is captured skating under the canopy at The Forks on a perfect afternoon in early December. The holidays are a great time to check out local toboggan slides , pleasure skating rinks and public skating times at your local community centres. Photo Store Photo Store

"We’re bored! There’s nothing to do!"

If you’re a parent and you’ve ever heard those words, you’ll know the holidays are here and the kids are home from school and looking for things to do.

It was the same for my parents too, and theirs as well.

It’s a challenge to keep your kids active and away from the TV and the computer in the winter time. It can be a challenge to keep ourselves active as well.

Fortunately, we don’t have to turn into couch potatoes. There has always been lots to do in Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods this time of year with our families and friends, especially outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.

Winter sports are an excellent way of embracing the season and enjoying it to the fullest.
Winnipeg is a winter city, so why not get out and enjoy it?

There are many opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in our parks and other community spaces, and over the holidays our local community centres will also be open and offering expanded pleasure skating hours.

Toboggan slides are available at all three locations of the Corydon Community Centre.

Pleasure skating rinks:
• Belair Park (15 Belair Rd.)
• Enderton Park (11 Ruskin Row)
• Harrow Park (1000 Fleet Ave.)
• Lanark Bay (Bay G - south of Mathers)
• Montrose Park (680 Elm St.)
• Sir John Franklin Park (1405 Wellington Cr.)


The following community centres have pleasure skating available:
• Linden Woods Community Centre (414 Lindenwood Dr. W.)
• Fort Garry Community Centre
 ­— Victoria Site (80 Derek St.)

Corydon Community Centre has outdoor pleasure skating rinks at all three locations:
 • River Heights Site (1370 Grosvenor Ave.)
 • Crescentwood Site (1170 Corydon Ave.)
•  Sir John Franklin Site (1 Sir John Franklin Rd.)

Corydon Community Centre – River Heights site also offers indoor supervised lap skating and is scheduled for all ages.

Additional skate times will be available over the holiday breaks and will be posted on the  website (http://www.corydoncc.com/).

Day: Fridays, Sundays.
Time:
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Fees:
Free   — Ages five and under
$2 — Age 6-17
$3 — Adults
$2 — Seniors
$5 — Families

Be sure to check with your local community centres for times and programming over this holiday season.

Of course, it’s quite possible that you’ll do what a lot of Winnipeggers do and head to The Forks for a skate under the canopy or, when it’s open, for a longer trek along the River Trail.

I hope to see you out there!

Happy holidays!

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