Join us at the hub of our city, The Forks, for our first skate of the winter season! This is a perfect event for beginner skaters to experience skating for the first time, members who haven't skated for a long time, those who want to practice skating before venturing out onto the river when it freezes, and anyone who wants to meet up with a bunch of fun, silly women and have a laugh.
We will meet inside the Forks Market. There are tables near the elevator for the Atrium Tower, next to the window (kind of behind the ice cream place). We will warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate and then head out on the ice.
Then we will go rent our skates and have a skate around under the canopy. The Plaza Skating Rink is artificially cooled, allowing the skating surface to stay frozen earlier in the winter and remain later into the spring. The canopy above the ice surface is beautifully lit and animated with music. We will partner up for the first half hour of the afternoon, helping each other get used to the ice - especially supporting those first timers! Then when we have our skating legs, we will venture along the 1.2 km skating trails that connect the largest portion of Arctic Glacier Winter Park to The Plaza and Market areas and meander through The Forks site. All trails, rinks and the river are connected to the Plaza with rubber mats.
Sandy only learned to skate a couple of years ago with the help of members of this group, so this is a good opportunity for you to practice or assist a fellow member for a bit - we are such a supportive group - it is great that we will all help each other :)
After our fun skate, we will take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the Forks Historic Site and enjoy the area from another perspective.
Looking forward to a fun afternoon of falling over... ahem... gliding like a swan!!!
2:00pm - meet inside the Forks Market (near the elevator for the Atrium Tower, next to the window, kind of behind the ice cream place), do introductions, give out lanyards
2:20pm - get our rentals and change into our skates
2:30pm - skate under the canopy and on the trails
4:15pm - take a short tour around the Forks Historic site by a horse-drawn wagon
5:00pm - grab and coffee or hot chocolate to warm up, and then our meetup is over
• warm winter clothes (dress in layers)
• warm gloves or mittens, and a toque
• two different thicknesses of socks to try with the rentals
• your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you don't have one, you'll get yours at this meetup)
• money for coffee/hot chocolate (optional)
• camera (optional)
• ice skates (if you have them, bring them! If you bring your own ice skates, you'll be refunded the $4.50 skate rental fee after the meetup)
When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $7.50 by PayPal, which includes the meetup fee and activity fee (skate rental). If you bring your own skates, you will be refunded $4.50 after the meetup. There is no carpool for this meetup, as it is in the city and is easily accessible by bus or car.
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