In Canada, with winter comes skating rinks, and for a third year, a rink has been set-up at Fort George Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake, offering a chance to skate the day away and warm up with hot chocolate around the fire pit.
The rink, which opened Dec. 1 for the season, attracts people from all over Niagara, looking to enjoy a scenic skate with the backdrop of the historic fort.
Marie Shahzad, who was skating Saturday with her daughters Mahnoor and Sarina, said she travels from Niagara Falls to enjoy the family skating.
Eli Wasson and Jessica Currie, who were also out for a Saturday skate, came from St. Catharines and Fenwick, respectively, to spend the afternoon on the ice.
According to visitniagaracanada.com, the rink is the only one of its kind in all of Parks Canada.
Skating is free, with rental skates available at the concession stand.
All children aged 12 and under must be wearing a CSA approved helmet while on the ice. Aids may be used and beginners are encouraged to use the centre ice.
Ice Rink Hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Boxing Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.