New winter activities in Westmount
This season, families will be slipping and sliding in Westmount, thanks to some new winter activities being offered.
Extended skating season
In Westmount Park, families and individuals can enjoy the cool temperatures and fresh air on the temporary refrigerated ice rink. Available for general skating only (no hockey or shinny), the rink is open every day from 8 a.m to 10 p.m. and is beautifully illuminated for a magical outdoor experience. Due to COVID-19 regulations, a maximum of 20 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, and the city urges visitors to follow the recommended preventive health measures: keep a 2-metre distance from other skaters, wash your hands, and wear a face covering.
Keep in mind that changing rooms are not available at this time, so a towel or similar would be great for keeping little toes dry in between changing gear.
The rink was produced and installed by Synerglace Canada, whose technology allows the rink to remain open during increases in temperature. Similar rinks have been installed by the company in Rosemont, Quebec City, and New York’s Central Park.
New toboggan run
If skating isn’t your thing, head over to King George Park where you can zip down the hill on the city’s new dedicated toboggan runs on Murray Hill. Machines from SNÖ Innovation started pumping out fluffy white snow on December 14, and need a couple of days to create a good base.
Les canons à neige sont à l’ouvrage pour préparer les glissades au parc King George ! | Snowmaking machines are actively preparing the toboggan run at King George Parc! pic.twitter.com/89YGnfFnaW
— Ville de Westmount (@VilleWestmount) December 15, 2020
Westmount communications officer Mugisha Rutishisha confirms that the skating rink at Westmount Park and the toboggan run at King George Park are both open to the general public. So get out your warmest mitts, fill the thermos with hot chocolate, and get out there for some winter fun!