Activities still available over Christmas season
While activities may not be as plentiful as they were in past years, there are still some things to do this Christmas season that meet COVID 19 guidelines.
There are always the staples like putting together a puzzle, playing a rousing game of crokinole, or Monopoly, putting together disassembled gifts or easing back in the recliner and catching a post-turkey nap, getting outdoors offers the opportunity to get in some fresh air and exercise.
Probably the most accessible activity is going for a walk.
With no snow in the forecast and temperatures expected to be seasonal heading out for a short roll or a brisk walk around the block, through Muskoseepi Park, at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park or along the paths that run south of the Correction Line into the Dunes. Those areas are all good options.
For those who find taking a stroll to pedestrian, there are other options.
Neighbourhood rinks and skating surfaces are open. There are some restrictions in place — like the Muskoseepi Park pond which now requires people to book a time in order to adhere to provincial health regulations. There is a fifty-person limit per hour and no hockey equipment is allowed on the ice.
Bookings are available in one-hour time slots at no charge by calling 780-538-0451 or online. Hours will be 10:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. with the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion open during these hours for washroom access.
Bookings can be made up to three days in advance.
Toboggan hills in Grande Prairie and outlying communities are open for sledders. Remember to slide only in designated areas and adhere to all COVID 19 restrictions.
If you live in a rural area, don’t go skating on dugouts, lakes or sloughs unless you have first checked the thickness of the ice to ensure it is safe to do so.
If you’re going skating or ice fishing with a group, stay off ice that’s less than four inches thick. As a general rule, avoid ice that has cracks or ice near inlets or moving water.
Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but is open this weekend from 11 am-5pm while the Aquatera Tube Zone is open from 12:30-2:30 pm and 3 to 5 pm.
Meanwhile for those who prefer nordic skiing to alpine, Wapiti Nordic Ski Club is open 24/7 for those who have passes. However, the lodge will be closed until further notice.
Be sure to adhere to COVID 19 restrictions including staying at least two metres away from persons not in your household.
Groomed trails are for cross country skiers and are not to be accessed for any other use.
There is a multi-use trail system at the Wapiti Nordic Ski club for snowshoers, back country skiers and fat biking. There are signs at the trail head with markers in place.
If you prefer a more sedentary and solitary outdoor endeavour then perhaps ice-fishing is more your preference.
There are several popular places in the vicinity to ice fish including Sturgeon Lake and Swan Lake. Please ensure you check to ensure the ice is safe to be on.
Also, unless you are under 16 or older than 64, plan ahead and get your fishing licence before heading out.
For any activities involving being away from others like fishing, snowmobiling or back country skiing or snowboarding, it is a good idea to let someone know where you will be and what time to expect you home. It is easy to check in via phone and still adhere to COVID restrictions.
Evergreen Park offers a couple of options in addition to skating at the TARA Energy Services Outdoor Rink.
Looking for something more festive to stay in the Christmas Spirit a little longer?
The Northern Spirit Light Show is still running daily until New Year’s Eve with the exception of Christmas Day.
The annual display is COVID compliant as you must go through the light show in your vehicle. The cost is $15 per vehicle no matter how many occupants there are.