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2013-01-20 at 15:22

Winter spoiler

By Jamie Smith,
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Although winter hasn’t cooperated, the organizer of Winter Fun Days says people have still been having fun this year.

Every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. there are a host of winter activities down at the waterfront.

“We’re trying to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy what makes winter wonderful here in Thunder Bay,” Prince Arthur’s Landing programmer Sophie Best said.

“It’s been tricky, we’ve had to come up with some alternatives for the weather but surprisingly people are still embracing the activity.”

Like last weekend when the featured event was snowshoeing. The problem was there was no snow to walk on. Still people had fun trying the shoes on and walking on the grass. This weekend brought snow, which people were still digging their way out of Sunday morning, but it also brought temperatures that dipped below -30 C with the wind. When it’s that cold it makes it difficult to entice people to skate, which was the event this Sunday. Best had skating aids and celebrity mascot Wolfie all lined up, but only three people braved the chill to hit the ice.

She’s optimistic though that if the snow stays, people will be out to enjoy future events. Next Sunday is a skijoring demonstration that Best is excited for. On Feb. 17, local carvers will show off their skills, making snow sculptures that will be on display when the city hosts a winter festival at the waterfront on Family Day.

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countrychick says:
Does anyone know if you can use the skating aids anytime? Do anyone know where you can buy them? thanks!
1/20/2013 5:34:29 PM
panzerIV says:
There are a couple in the staff office which you can use.
1/21/2013 8:45:36 AM
DailyReader says:
There are 2 in the staff office in the Water Garden Pavilion. There are additional skating aids on special skate days when there is a celebrity mascot skate, or Family Day for example.
1/21/2013 12:48:14 PM
Dr.Feelgood says:
Looks to me like the mayor is at it again!
1/20/2013 5:36:36 PM
tsb says:
We should give up on everything we ever try to do because weather and laziness and taxes are too high. Where will the children park their cars downtown where the multiplex is blocking the sleeping giant?????? I want to know.
1/20/2013 8:22:25 PM
grs says:
This sunday my son went skiing. It was -18 but the wind was calm and the sun was shining. I am completely amazed that this was cancelled due to weather. It's Thunder Bay. Minus 18 is chilly with the wind but yesterday was not the case. I spent most of the afternoon outside and it was a perfect day.

We seem to have become a city of wusses. Can't handle -18....pfffft...maybe we do need global warming...
1/21/2013 8:38:05 AM
Sui Generis says:
It was -18 before the windchill. WITH the wind factor, it was more than -30 all weekend long. Frostbite isn't a good colour on my children, thank you.
1/21/2013 12:18:00 PM
triceps says:
More people need to get outdoors and be active instead of just sitting around on the computer, watching tv and/or JUST playing video games!! We have way too many out of shape people in today's society
1/21/2013 9:32:28 AM
green plant says:
I sorry but did I miss the memo on what is happening down at the Waterfront? Five families went sliding this weekend, no one in our group knew about the activities? Cold or not it is winter in Thunder Bay and you need to get out and enjoy it - dress appropriately, take a break and warm up inside.
1/21/2013 11:31:24 AM
jay-ded says:
Grs is right - I went for a 7km run on Sunday evening. It was cold...I dressed for it. I'm a Northerner - the cold isn't an excuse for laziness :)
1/21/2013 12:07:18 PM
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