Hallelujah. Praise your respective deity. The crisis has been averted. The River Trail at the Forks has opened. 1 km of it anyway. With the mild winter there was some concern that the River Trail would be unusable this year. The very thought of this was unacceptable. The warming huts sat unused! RAW: Almond was forced onto land like a regular restaurant! These mild temperatures will not stand!
Collectively our winter experience is important and there are some key aspects including outdoor skating. Skating in Winnipeg is a social affair and the Forks is the hub. When I moved to Winnipeg, I didn’t realize this was a thing. Skating in the country is a big part of winter life, but we would go to the local indoor arena. There was no outdoor rink and no groomed river. Between hockey, ringette, figure skating etc. apparently you can’t just show up to your local indoor arena with your skates and hop on the ice at a time of your own choosing.
I’m beginning to understand Winnipeg’s love for outdoor skating. For me it started in 2008 when I rented skates and headed to the Forks to see what all the fuss was about. Since that day, I haven’t stopped going. Without fail the Forks is always a great time. This is our community at its best. Everyone is welcome here. From the wobbliest beginner to the most confident hockey player, first time tourists to seasoned veterans, everyone can enjoy without pressure or expectation.
Since then I’ve bought my own skates and I’m working on my skills. Namely stopping.
There’s nothing like having a hot cup of coffee on a cold day – so we paid Forth a visit yesterday. Located at 171 McDermot Avenue, Forth is technically not fully open, but (bless their hearts) they are still serving the public as part of a soft opening.
Their space encompasses everything great about the Exchange district; exposed beams, big windows and a lot of personality. Along with being a functioning cafe, Forth also has their own roaster and sells interesting local merchandise. We were informed that in the near future they will be adding some food options to their menu such as sandwiches and soups including some veggie-friendly options. I’m afraid I didn’t try espresso or coffee by hand, but their flat white was excellent.
Forth is currently open Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
Resolution 2016 – I resolve to become reacquainted with my city
2016 has arrived, bringing the annual resolution debate with it. Most people seem to fall onto one side or the other; making a resolution or being a non-believer who scoffs at resolutions. Embarrassingly enough, I make resolutions every year only to completely forget what they are by mid-January.
In the spirit of this blog and knowing that Winnipeg is in a state of constant change and growth, my 2016 resolution is to try a new Winnipeg activity and a new Winnipeg venue each month. The end goal being biweekly blog posts to discuss my Winnipeg adventures. When I first moved to the city, I adventured around the city to different neighbourhoods for the sake of exploration. Like most people, over time I find myself in a comfort zone with my favorite restaurants, pubs, activities, most of which are conveniently located close to home. Throughout the year I would like to check out new places in different neighbourhoods. 2016 will be the year I find my new Winnipeg.