Get in Shape! Winter Sports at Historic Places
Now that the festive season is behind us, it's high time to
honour our resolutions to stay in shape despite of winter's chill.
Many historic places have a long tradition of hosting recreational
activities, both indoor and outdoor, playing a key role in the life
of the communities and attracting tourists who love to stay active.
So lace up your skates, skis, snowshoes or hiking boots and head
out to explore your heritage!
Emblematic of the growth of ski tourism in this country,
Skoki Ski Lodge, in Banff National Park, Alberta, is a
log structure typical of construction in our mountain parks. The
Lodge, built in the 1930s by a group of local skiers, is open
year-round and offers accommodation in an enchanting backcountry
Perched at an altitude of 2,925.5 metres (9,598
Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin (photo), also in Banff
National Park, is a popular destination for mountaineers. Built of
local stone, it practically fades into the surroundings, as is the
tradition of rustic architecture. There are other such rustic
refuges, though of wood construction, such as the
Stanley-Mitchell Alpine Hut
Mount Assiniboine Lodge, which attract climbers and
hikers from across Western Canada.
Lovers of snow sports in Edmunston, New Brunswick are likely
Mont Farlagne, which has played a major role in the
regional economy for over 40 years. It's Post-Modern
architecture adds an interesting twist to the historic place.
Since 1872, the public has been invited to skate at the official
residence of the Governor General of Canada,
Rideau Hall and Landscaped Grounds National Historic
Site in Ottawa, Ontario. The domain also consists of
woods and trails, providing for city dwellers to enjoy the
Compound (photo), located in the heart of Fredericton,
New Brunswick, consists of about ten buildings, many of them now
offering cultural and recreational activities year-round, including
outdoor skating in winter.
The skating rink at the Old Port of Montréal, Québec has a
stunning view of
Old Montreal (link in French only) and
Clock Tower, with themed music everyday. A place
everyone would enjoy during the dark days of winter!
Square Heritage Conservation District (photo) is taken
over in winter by an open-air skating rink right in the heart of
Kingston, Ontario. Apart from the many historic buildings
reflecting the district's political, military and economic past,
skaters are close to
Kingston City Hall National Historic Site and its
For the less hardy, skating is also available indoors in
W.C. O'Neill Arena, in New Brunswick,
Memorial Arena, in British Columbia, and
Vonda Rink in Saskatchewan. Now there's no excuse for
not lacing up!