Syrian children get 1st taste of Canadian winter with giggle-filled toboggan ride

Giggles and squeals were abundant when three Syrian siblings, in Canada for a mere three weeks, hit the hills in Peterborough over the weekend.

'They were squealing with delight'

Giggles and squeals were abundant when three Syrian siblings, in Canada for a mere three weeks, hit the hills in Peterborough over the weekend.

"They were all smiles," said David McNab, who along with 13 others sponsored the Syrian refugee family and captured the Saturday afternoon tobogganing at Amour Hill on a GoPro.

Ibrahim Akalaf, 10, was "all smiles" while tobogganing in Peterborough. (David McNab/YouTube)

"It was like Christmastime watching them get ready to go. They absolutely love snow," he said, adding they had never seen the white stuff until their recent arrival in Canada.

McNab rode along with siblings Ansam, 13, Ibrahim, 10, and Dalya, 9, but the children also ventured down the hill on their own.

Nine-year-old Dalya Alkhalaf was excited to try tobogganing at Peterborough's Amour Hill. (David McNab/YouTube)

"They were squealing with delight," he said. "They're actually asking if they can go out again next weekend."

McNab, an Ontario Provincial Police officer in Peterborough, said the group is thrilled to have sponsored this Syrian family.

"It feels like we've won the lottery."

Ansam Alkhalaf, 13, seemed a little nervous at first but those fears quickly turned into laughs. (David McNab/YouTube)

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