Ben Warner helps his son Scott with putting on his gloves as families skate by at Frank Crane Arena during the City of Nanaimo’s Winter Wonderland public skating event Tuesday, Dec. 28. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

People in Nanaimo invited to skate in ‘Winter Wonderland’

Public skating tradition continues through Thursday, Dec. 30

Some seasonal celebrations are cancelled due to COVID-19, but Nanaimo’s traditional ‘Winter Wonderland’ skating is underway.

Frank Crane Arenas has been “transformed into a snow globe,” according to a City of Nanaimo press release, for skate sessions that started Dec. 24 and are continuing this week through Thursday, Dec. 30.

Thanks to sponsorships from local businesses and organizations, skating admission prices range from free to $1, including helmet and skate rentals. All participants age 12 and up must provide proof of vaccination, and reduced arena capacity limits will be in effect.

The city had been hoping to hold a New Year’s Day celebration called Activate, but that ended up being cancelled. There will still be various recreation opportunities available on Jan. 1 including public swimming from noon-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and public skating from 12:30-3:45 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.

The city is encouraging residents to participate in Activate remotely be enjoying “outdoor and socially distanced activities” with their family and e-mailing photos to or via Instagram by using the hashtag #Take5Nanaimo. Participants will be eligible for prizes and entries are encouraged until Jan. 18.

“Staff is working hard to ensure that there are still plenty of options that follow the latest provincial health restrictions during the holiday break…” said Mayor Leonard Krog in the press release. “I invite you to participate in these modified activities in a safe and healthy way.”

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