Those who came out for a few hours a free skating varied in age from older adults for young children barely three-years-old. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake participates in Canada-wide Skate Day

Free Skating was offered at the NexSource Centre, Dec. 10

Sylvan Lake was just one of many communities across the country to participate in Skate Day on Dec 10.

Part of the government’s year-long initiative to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, where free skating was offered at various locations across the province.

There were 17 official “skating parties” hosted by Skate Canada, with the closest held in Edmonton.

Sylvan Lake offered free skating at the NexSource Centre from 12:15-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 as the Town’s way of getting in on the celebratory action.

Within the first hour more than 30 people came out for a skate around the rink.

Many parent took advantage of the time to try and teach their young ones to skate, with varying degrees of success.

According to the Government of Canada’s website, skating is a “true northern sport”.

Skating is one of the 150 “Canadian” sports and activities listed on the participACTION website, to celebrate the anniversary.

The participACTION website lists more than two million people tried new activities and sports over the last year through the participACTION 150 initiative.

Sylvan Lake will also be hosting free public skating over the holiday break, excluding Dec. 25-26. The free public skating at the NexSource over the holidays is sponsored by Sylvan Lake Tim Horton’s. Times for the free skating can be found on the Town’s website.

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The NexSource Centre was busy on Dec. 10, when free public skating was offered as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, which took place across the country. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

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