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A rare Vancouver experience: hundreds lace up to skate on Trout Lake

Hundreds of people started impromptu hockey games, skated laps and even sledded down some of the slopes surrounding Trout Lake.

Trout Lake closed Sunday, after opening up to skaters for first time in 20 years on Wednesday

The Vancouver Park Board tweeted Wednesday afternoon the lake now has 12 centimetres of frozen solid ice and is now safe to skate on. (David Horemans/CBC)

Although the Vancouver Park Board will close Trout Lake on Sunday to skaters, hundreds laced up and glided along the frozen water on Saturday.

The last time Vancouver's Trout Lake was frozen enough to skate on was in 1996.

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Park Board removed the barricades and warning signs — and gave the public the green light to skate on the frozen lake.

It said the ice was at least 12 centimetres thick.

And that led to hundreds of people took flocking to the lake to start off the weekend.

On Saturday, hundreds laced up and strapped on helmets to tackle the ice. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

People shoveled several centimetres of snow aside to create makeshift hockey rinks.

Trout Lake opens to public for skating for the first in 20 years. 0:55

Kids of all ages laced up, strapped on their helmets and took in a game of shinny.

This little Sedin is ready to shoot and score. (David Horemans/CBC)

Strangers became friends after a few games on the ice.

These ice skaters are helping each tighten their laces before heading back out. (David Horemans/CBC)

Some people created a makeshift track, where experts and beginners skated some laps.

Others found some unique ways to get around the frozen lake.

This is certainly a distinctive way to hit the ice. (David Horemans/CBC)

These Vancouverites say the experience of skating on Trout Lake is something they'll remember for a long time.

People in Vancouver say skating on Trout Lake is a once in a lifetime experience. 0:36