Those worried they’ve missed out on the chance to skate on Trout Lake because of slightly warmer conditions will be relieved to hear the lake will remain open for the near future.
Vancouver Park Board chair Michael Wiebe says ice on the lake is now 20 cm thick.
“Right now, and we think for at least a week, we should have great weather to go skating on. A little rain might add to the top surface and then freeze overnight, we might have some really beautiful skating weather coming up. It takes a long time to freeze and it takes a long time for that much ice to melt so these warming conditions shouldn’t affect it.”
Wiebe says hundreds of Vancouverites have flocked to the lake since it was officially deemed safe enough to skate on earlier this week.
It’s the first time the lake has been open to skaters in more than two decades.
He adds he’s thrilled to see a new generation of Vancouverites build memories on the ice.
“Beautiful safe ice, brilliant conditions, it’s great to see everyone cleaning up the ice surface, and playing hockey and skating around and figure skating, or just going out there if they don’t know how to skate, there’s a lot of people who are just enjoying walking about on the ice. We had some school groups on there yesterday that were just having fun.”
The Park Board says it’s regularly drilling into the ice to ensure it is of a safe thickness, and has ice patrol staff trained in first aid on site during the day.
Environment Canada is forecasting a break in the arctic temperatures which hit Vancouver this week, with highs up to plus two in the coming days.