Top picture: Since 2003, February has been the month for the Speed Skating Marathon. Participants, often battling severe weather conditions and cracks in the ice, complete in 50-to-200-kilometre races over three days. Competitors come from all over Canada, the U.S. and the Netherlands, where speed skating on canals originated.
Bottom: Each winter, Sylvan Lake residents hope for a quick freeze on the lake so they can experience the thrill of skating on clear ice, seeing all manner of weird and wonderful things underneath! This beautiful lake scene shows Steven and Rita Johnson skating near the Summer Village of Birchcliff around 1984-85.