Town tries to open outdoor rink

PICTOU – Hope springs eternal, but the town of Pictou is counting on colder weather this weekend so that the outdoor rink can be used during the 2018 Pictou Winter Carnival this weekend.

A boxed-in ice skating option at the CN ball field has been in place for some time, but there have been opportunities for families and individuals to take advantage of the outdoor option.

Recreation co-ordinator Michelle Young says the town has viewed the project with its enclosure of wooden planks to border the ice surface as a way to provide a safe, entertaining, and recreational activity for people of all ages. The planks are part of a rink kit that was purchased for the project.

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Use of the rink for the carnival is one of the purposes cited. Optional programs there would include introductions to sledging, a learn-to-skate program and hockey shootouts and related activities.

The winter carnival has events scheduled from Friday through Sunday throughout town.

“The hope is to have it open for Friday night, if not sooner, as we have an event on it for carnival,” Young said. “The big swings in temperatures really haven’t been working for us well. If the temps would just keep cold for us for extended periods we are good to skate.”

The free public kilted skate is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Hector Arena. Skaters can wear a kilt, some tartan or come as they are. There is also a free public skate from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

A colouring contest has been arranged through the week for children under six, over six and adults. Prizes include $50 for first place in each category and $25 for second place. Colouring pages can be picked up at the Pictou Recreation and Parks office at the Town Hall, the Pictou Library, Pictou Pool or download from the town’s website. Deadline for dropping them off at the town office is Friday.

Judging will take place on Family Day, February 18.
Events begin on Friday with a homemade fishcake, bean and biscuit meal for $10 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum with either takeout or delivery offered.

Glow skating at the CN station is slated from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Music, a marsh mellow roast, hot drinks and glow sticks will be provided.

There is also an open swim at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Events on Saturday begin with a pancake and sausage breakfast hosted by the Pictou and Area Lions Club at the New Horizons Seniors Club from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Four events at the Pictou Library include a Valentine scavenger hunt all day, no-snow family snowman building at 10:30 p.m. drop-in games and fun activities through the day and a family Valentine’s Day bingo at 3 p.m.

Active Pictou County will sponsor a free swim from noon to 2 p.m. that will feature water games, bumper chairs and treats at the Training Pool.

New Caledonian Curling Club is hosting several events that include try-it curling from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ball hockey is being offered at the same time in the curling club parking lot.

If there is snow, free sleigh rides from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and learn to snowshoe from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. are also scheduled beside the rink.

A Valentine chocoholic event has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pictou United Church, along with fun and games.

There is also a ladies night at the pool from 7:30 to 9 p.m. that will include several special guests and refreshments for $10.


Wednesday was an ideal time for “Porky” Cyr to take time to flood the boxed-in outdoor rink that has been established at the CN ball field on Front Street in Pictou. There was guarded optimism that the weather would co-operate enough for the rink to be available for activities scheduled in conjunction with the 2018 Pictou Winter Carnival on Friday and through this weekend. (Goodwin photo)