When the Peterboroguh, Ont. website PTBOCanada put out a call for local citizens to send them photos of their backyard ice rinks, it yielded the amazing action shot above of a MacGyver'd golf cart Zamboni (Photo: Jason McMahon, courtesy PTBOCanada.com)
If we're going to be experiencing Martian-level cold and lockdown coastal blizzards, we figure we might as well claim this frigid weather in one of the most Canadian ways we know how — by ice skating. More specifically, by celebrating the rinks created by Canadians across the country during this blistering cold snap.
If you've got a beauty outdoor ice rink, we want to see it. Simply tweet a photo of your outdoor rink using the hashtag #StromboRink. We'll collect the best photos we find and run them in a post on Strombo.com on Monday. Be sure to include what village/town/city you're in and where your rink is located (backyard, creek bed, reservoir, etc).
We suspect there'll be some good competition. As the National Post's Peter Kuitenbrouwer's can confirm, even Mother Nature has been showing off her gorgeous backyard rink-making skills:
Hey everyone come and join us on Lake Ontario. The ice is amazing! pic.twitter.com/RXpE8r1WGQ— Peter Kuitenbrouwer (@pkuitenbrouwer) January 3, 2014
Fans of ice rinks and the people who are really good at skating on them should mark their calendars for next week, as George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will feature interviews with two separate hockey legends. On Monday, January 6, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark — who happens to operate his own rink, Clark Gardens — will be in the red chair. Then, on Thursday, January 9 it's Stanley Cup winner and former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Chris Nilan. Both episodes air at 7 and 11:30 p.m.