Skating is one thing I regret not learning. I get it is never too late to start, but I worry that the bumps and bruises will hurt more now then when I was a kid. Yes there is a bit more padding on my bottom, but my bones will surely break easier. So instead I will make sure my children know how to skate. We can not have them being the only ones in Canada who do not know how, right?
My daughter’s class is heading to our locally made public rink to skate with her classmates once a week for the next month. I am nervous for her but she is super excited. Kids learn so quick and she loves winter sports so I know it will be great. We picked her up some skates this week and a helmet (safety first). I plan on volunteering for at least two of the outings. I may even brave the ice myself.
In preparation for her class trips I looked up rinks in the area. Thinking we can go ahead of time and practice. I was happy to see so many community rinks popping up in local Facebook groups open to the public. There are many lakes that are frozen for skating as well. Make sure the ice is thick enough and never go alone. Seems the communities higher in the mountains have skating longer available.
Worst case you can always make your own rink if you have enough cold and snow. Give it a try, just Google “Backyard ice rink” and you will see lots of instructional articles and videos on how to make one.
It is time we embrace our Canadian heritage and get out and enjoy our winters. I can not wait to watch my daughter learn to skate!
I may even pad up and give it a try myself 🙂