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Oct. 16, 2021 | Saturday
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Vintage-Parks Canada rink at Fort George open after minor setbacks
Joe Murray, Vintage’s project manager and Jacob Hebbert, Vintage Hotels employee. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The Vintage-Parks Canada outdoor skating rink hit a few snafus before opening a day late on Sunday, but the rink is now open to the public with “perfect for skating” ice conditions, a Parks Canada spokesperson said.

Saturday’s rainfall caused the rink to delay its official launch party and opening date, and Parks Canada public relations and communications officer Brett Levitt said it’s not certain the party will be rescheduled at all.

Although the opening was initially planned for Saturday, the outdoor rink next to Fort George was ready Sunday morning without further problems.

“With the combination of warm weather and rainy conditions, the skating rink accumulated too much water and was not safe for the public to use,” said Levitt.

As well as poor weather conditions, the ice resurfacer required minor maintenance, but an alternative one was used to ensure the rink was fully operational and no more delays were experienced, Levitt added.

The 60-by-120-foot rink is free to use and is kept frozen by the five chillers installed below the ice surface.

Skate rentals are available for $5 in the Agora building beside the rink, which features fireplaces, sitting areas and concession items for sale.

Though it’s uncertain the launch party will take place at all this year, Levitt said Parks Canada is discussing the possibility of an alternative date with Vintage Hotels, and there are several other events planned for the holiday season.

On Saturday Jan. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., visitors can dress in their early 1800s “regency best,” including tailcoats, bonnets, collard shirts, waist coats and more, for an evening of elegance. There will be special activities inside the fort and on the rink – and chances at winning prizes.


Family and evening skate:

Friday – 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2  to 5 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m.

Sunday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m.

Open skate:

Monday to Thursday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.