Winter in the Exchange

The community rink at Old Market Square celebrates its sparkly new light canopy and Winnipeg Trails sets up their mobile ski library at Stephen Juba Park next weekend!

There’s another reason to get outside and enjoy Winter in the Exchange—a brand new set of lights sparkling above the community rink at The Cube! 

Created by Victoria-based Art Tech company Limbic Media, the light display features colour-changing technology that responds to sound and dances to music. This weekend will be the first of weekly Friday and Saturday Night Skates which feature Manitoba Music’s genre-spanning discovery playlist playing from The Cube.

The rink is nestled within a National Historic Site, surrounded by stunning architecture and some of the city’s best restaurants and retailers. Spend an afternoon on the ice before warming up with a coffee or pint at neighbouring cafés. 

Winnipeg Trails is also bringing winter fun to the Exchange Saturday, Feb. 19th! The team is popping up at Stephen Juba Park for a sunset ski as part of their Winterpeg initiative. Look for the big red truck filled with kicksleds, wheel blades for wheelchairs, snowshoes, and the mobile ski library, which includes all the equipment needed for cross country skiing!

The purpose of Winterpeg is to provide neighbourhoods around the city with some safe winter fun, and to make these activities inclusive and accessible for all. Participants can RSVP a spot on their website to reserve equipment but it’s not required—everyone is welcome! If it’s super busy, you might just have to enjoy some free hot chocolate or try out a different activity while waiting for your size to become available.

So slip into some cross-country skis, twirl your heart out on the rink, take some pictures under the interactive light display, borrow curling rocks from King’s Head, or bring sticks and a puck for a game of shinny! When you live in Winnipeg, it’s so important to get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and make the most of what mother nature gives us. 

*The mobile ski library will be cancelled if the windchill is -25 or lower. Winnipeg Trails will give a 24-hour notice so make sure to check before heading out!