The weather is warming up to a less ludicrous level, even normal for this time of year, which means it's time to consider venturing outside during the holidays.

Here's some suggestions, courtesy of the City of Winnipeg:


For a complete listing of city-run winter activities, amenities, maps, and schedule information:

Toboggan hills (open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

  • Civic Park, 901 Kimberly Ave.
  • Victoria Jason Park (Crocus Park), 255 Redonda St.
  • Harbourview Park & Recreation Complex, 1867 Springfield Rd.
  • Westview Park, 1 Midland Street (shared-use park. Watch for signs indicating areas that can be used for sliding)

Winter Slides (open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

  • Crescent Drive Park, 781 Crescent Dr.
  • Kildonan  Park, 2015 Main Street (opening Dec. 24)
  • Bunn’s Creek Park, 365 McIvor Ave.
  • St. Vital Park, 190 River Rd.
  • Fraser’s Grove Park, 85 Fraser’s Grove


There are 43 pleasure skating rinks in neighbourhood parks. Some, however, are in the process of being renovated.

Construction on the duck pond next to the Peguis Pavilion in Kildonan Park will continue throughout the winter.

The public is asked to stay clear of the construction area by accessing the skating rink and toboggan slides from the west park roadway. Parking along the roadway is permitted.

Construction is also taking place at St. Vital Duck Pond building. No warm-up shelter or changing facilities are available. Temporary wind breaks and seating have been provided as well as portable toilets.

Regional Park Skating Rinks (open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

  • Kildonan Park, 2015 Main Street (beside the toboggan slides north of the Chief Peguis Pavilion; opening Dec. 24)
  • Harbourview Park & Recreation Complex, 1867 Springfield Rd. (change facilities available)
  • St. Vital Park Duck Pond, 190 St. Vital Rd.
  • Crescent Drive Park, 781 Crescent Dr.

Please be mindful of staff and equipment working on the ice at any of the facilities. There will be no ice maintenance or washrooms open to the public on Christmas Day.

Cross-country skiing

The winter conditions have allowed cross-country ski trails to open early.

Trail locations include Kildonan Park, Harbour View, St. Vital Park, La Barriere Park, and Living Prairie Museum.


Snowshoe through 40 acres of tall grass prairie at Living Prairie Museum.

Give snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other winter activities a try at Living Prairie Museum’s 4th annual Snow Trek on Feb. 9, 2014. Instructors will be on site to show you the ropes at this free event.