It's time to lace up those skates, the Plaza Skating Rink at the Forks marketplace has officially opened.

And there's more to come.

Officials at the Forks said this is just the first of many skating surfaces that will open at the national historic site, which has in the past claimed a Guinness World Record for the longest naturally frozen skating trail.

That came in 2008 when the 8.54-kilometres trail snaked along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers.

But river conditions since then have curtailed the length of the trail.

Last year, the Forks also cleared two Olympic-size skating surfaces on the river near the docks as well as a shorter river trail along a section of the Red River.

There were also narrow trails stretching about 1.2 kilometres meandering along the grounds of the Forks site, linking the Arctic Glacier Winter Park to the Plaza and Market areas.

In addition to the Plaza rink, located under the canopy in the heart of the marketplace, other skating sites are expected to open at the Forks before the weekend.