The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is excited to announce that the Riley Family Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park is officially open for skating!

The adjacent Duck Pond shelter –equipped with accessible washrooms, picnic tables, rubber mats and a toasty fireplace –is the perfect place to tie skates, warm up, and take a break. The shelter is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Duck Pond is surrounded by lighting, permitting skating under the stars.

Park visitors can also enjoy sledding at the toboggan hill located between the Duck Pond and the Nature Playground and cross-country skiing on groomed trails, once we get some more snow. Roads and pathways throughout the Park are cleared regularly, allowing runners and walkers to enjoy the Park all winter long.

All that fresh air and exercise is sure to work up an appetite. The Park Café, located in the Qualico Family Centre next to the Duck Pond, is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers delicious breakfast and lunch options. Skaters can also grab a quick snack or hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate at The Park Café’s take out window. The pathway from the Duck Pond is covered with rubber mats so skaters can conveniently access the take out window without removing their skates.

Winter is also a great time of year to visit the Zoo and see animals like polar bears, Amur tigers, snow leopards and wolves –to name a few –that are perfectly adapted for cold weather. This year, visitors can also take in Zoo Lights Festival, a separate after-hours ticketed event that will run evenings until January 5, 2020.

“We invite all Winnipeggers, Manitobans, and visitors to our city to discover the wonders of winter at Assiniboine Park and Zoo,” said Laura Cabak, Manager, Communications & Public Relations, Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “There’s something for everyone!”