“The rink is open,” announced Scott Finlay, corporate programming coordinator at Parks Canada, during the opening ceremonies of the Candlelight Stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday night.
He was referring to the festively-decorated public outdoor skating rink at Fort George, which has become a winter tradition in town.
“Sharpen your skates, your toenails, whatever you use — just get out there and skate,” Finlay said.
The warmer temperatures around town this weekend put things on hold. While the rink at Fort George has chillers that work to keep the surface sturdily frozen even up to 15°C, they were not able to get the ice up to temperature for the Dec. 1 launch, said a Parks Canada employee who was on site.
Details of the rink's availability can be found on Fort George's social media platforms, @FortGeorgeNHS on Twitter.