Assiniboine River Trail opens in Winnipeg, worlds longest skating trail again?

Last year Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River Trail, extended a whopping 9.34 km’s making it the world’s longest naturally frozen ice skating trail, and a favorite winter destination for locals and visitors alike.  Frazzle ice kept the trail off of the Red River last winter season, and this year may shorten the distance considerably.  Winnipegger’s can usually count on the cold but when temperatures rise to a forecast +4C in the sun tomorrow the surface may suffer a temporary hiccup and be shutdown for resurfacing.  There are ample winter recreation possibilities at The Forks, the starting point to the River Trail, including an interesting trail that carries you over a historic rail bridge, a snowboard park, Olympic size hockey rinks, curling rinks, ice bike racing and the market itself, which offers a wide variety of local shops and eateries.

Evening curling on the Assiniboine River.

Good old fashioned Pond Hockey, viewed from the rail bridge.

Skating on a weekday, on mild weekends the trail can be heavily congested.

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