CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Charlottetown has launched its winter active campaign with free activities designed to encourage people to be more active during the winter months.
A snowshoeing program is being offered on Sundays, until March 10, 2-4 p.m., at Victoria Park (snow conditions permitting).
A limited number of snowshoes will be available for use, and those participating should meet at the ball field clubhouse, off Brighton Road.
Free family skates will be offered on Sunday, Jan. 27, 1:50-2:50 p.m., at the Simmons arena and on Sunday, March 3, 3-4 p.m., at the Cody Banks Arena. Free hot chocolate will be served.
A 10-week learn to run program is being offered in partnership with the UPEI athletics department. It will take place on Mondays, beginning on Jan. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI. The program will run until April 1, with the exception of Islander Day on Monday, Feb. 18. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-368-1025.
Family events, including sleigh rides, outdoor skating, snowshoeing and hot chocolate, will take place on the following dates: Sunday, Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m., at the West Royalty Community Centre, 1 Kirkdale Rd. (note: there is no outdoor rink available at this location); Sunday, Feb. 3, 1-3 p.m., at the Malcolm Darrach Community Centre, 1 Avonlea Dr.; Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m., at Victoria Park (meet at the ball field clubhouse off Brighton Road). The Victoria Park event will take place in partnership with WinterLove P.E.I.; Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m., at the Hillborough Park Community Centre, 199 Patterson Dr. There are a limited number of snowshoes available for use at these events.
The following trails/boardwalks are also available for winter walking — the boardwalk from Victoria Park to the Friendly Pharmacy, Victoria Park trails, Beach Grove trails and the Confederation Trail within city limits. For cross-country skiers, the city maintains groomed ski trails at Victoria Park and Belvedere Golf Course.
Information on the city’s outdoor rinks, as well as ski trail maps, is online at www.charlottetown.ca under the recreation and leisure button.
More details of the winter active campaign can be found on the city’s website or by calling the parks and recreation department at 902-368-1025.