Very ice! River trail sets two records

Annual attraction hits new high for days open

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Winnipeggers have been able to skate on the Red River Mutual Trail for the most days in its history.

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Winnipeggers have been able to skate on the Red River Mutual Trail for the most days in its history.

The trail — which at its longest length this year went from the St. Vital Bridge on the Red River to The Forks and then up the Assiniboine River to Arlington Street — has been open for 69 days, starting Dec. 22, beating the previous record of 68 days set in the winter of 2015.

Some people, the ones who would look at a glass and say it’s half-empty, would say the trail been open so many days because of the long winter the city has experienced. But that’s not how Larissa Peck, co-ordinator of marketing and communications for The Forks North Portage Partnership, sees it.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS People skate on the River Trail on the Assiniboine River near The Forks, Sunday, January 7, 2018.

“This has been a perk for the winter time,” Peck said Wednesday. “And, up until earlier this week, it was 10 kilometres long — which is also a record. 2009 was the last time it was over 6.5 km. We’ve seen a lot of people do the round trip and let us know they completed it.”

Peck said organizers don’t know exactly how many people have laced up their skates and hit the ice starting somewhere other than The Forks, but for those who took to the ice at The Forks, the counting machine on site tells the tale.

“We’ve seen, since we opened in December, 598,000 people passing through there,” she said, adding a warning that those who want to go for a skate on the trail better hurry.

“The latest it has been closed was March 11, and on average it is between Feb. 27 and March 5.”

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS After enduring days of horribly cold weather, Winnipeggers scramble to the river trail at The Forks Sunday to take advantage of the mild temperature, which is hovering around -3C.
TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FRESS FILES People skate on the river trail Feb. 19.
TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS People skate on the River Trail on the Assiniboine River near The Forks, Sunday, January 7, 2018.
PHIL HOSSACK / Winnipeg Free Press A topless man jogs enjoying the warm sun as Winnipeggers gather on the newest part of the River trail wednesday.
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