A rare Vancouver experience: hundreds lace up to skate on Trout Lake
Trout Lake closed Sunday, after opening up to skaters for first time in 20 years on Wednesday
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.
People shoveled several centimetres of snow aside to create makeshift hockey rinks.
Kids of all ages laced up, strapped on their helmets and took in a game of shinny.
Strangers became friends after a few games on the ice.
Some people created a makeshift track, where experts and beginners skated some laps.
Makeshift skate track at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TroutLake?src=hash">#TroutLake</a>. Not speedy but lots of fun! <a href="https://t.co/FTNjZy5EPA">pic.twitter.com/FTNjZy5EPA</a>—@CBCMargaretG
Others found some unique ways to get around the frozen lake.
These Vancouverites say the experience of skating on Trout Lake is something they'll remember for a long time.