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Winter Wonderland Comes to Martensville

by Jocelyn Ottenbreit

https://martensvillemessenger.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/snowshoe-rental.jpgWith the restrictions put upon everyone this past year and into the new year, one thing that has remained the same is being able to enjoy being outside (with a 10 person limit).

The City of Martensville came up with the idea to create something different for the community this winter season – the first event of it’s kind, which will offer a series of events and workshops for families over the new few months of the new year.

“Winter Wonderland was created with the idea to get families outside and enjoying our own community a little differently,” stated Jamie McCulloch, Program Coordinator for the City of Martensville. “Activities will include cross country skiing, ice fishing, tobogganing, snow shoeing, fort building, ice sculpting, and ice skating.”

Starting this Friday, January 8th until January 17th, the City of Martensville will have snowshoes available for rent at the MAP. Those who are interested are to contact McCulloch at jmcculloch@martensville.ca or call 306-668-5578 to work out a time for the rental. There will be no cost for renting, and it is all based on availability.

“On January 23rd from 1-4 in Kinsmen Park we will be hosting ‘A Day in the Park: Sledding Edition’ where we will be playing music, will have inner tubes available for use and if restrictions allow for it, hot chocolate available by donation.”
The next activity they will be hosting is cross country skiing workshops from February 6 – 13th to show people how to use and work with cross country skis. Again, they will also have skis available for rental during these dates at no cost and based on availability.

On Family Day, February 20th, there will be an afternoon full of fun and activities – from Little Chippers workshop to kick sledding, to ice blocks. They will also be hosting a Fire & Ice Creations workshop from 1-4pm.

McCulloch explains, “Little Chippers is an interactive 20 minute workshop for children and their adults to come and learn about ice carving from one of the wonderful carvers from Fire and Ice Creations. This workshop is designed for children 5 and up. We ask that adults stay with their children for the workshop. The coloured ice blocks are 3×3 inch blocks for children who are too young to participate in the Little Chippers to use, stack, and play with!”
Kick sleds will be available for use during the afternoon for all ages. This will be $2.00 per person and registration will be required.

March 6 and 13 (dates may change) there will be ice fishing equipment for families to come and try out ice fishing on the pond and some local experts will be there to teach families how it’s done.
All events will be following Saskatchewan Health Authority and Government of Saskatchewan recommendations and guidelines.

Keep an eye on the City of Martensville Facebook events page for more information regarding upcoming events throughout January, February, and March.

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