Photo cred - Rockford Wolf

Back in 2002, Montreal was teased with the idea of turning the Lachina Canal into a multipurpose ice rink, able to host a variety of winter activities. Unfortunately, Parks Canada put the kibosh on those plans, but 12 years later, a plan to create Lachine Canal ice rink is being discussed once more, and could be set up by 2017, according to La Presse.

To be a joint venture between the Montreal municipal government and the federally-controlled Parks Canada Agency, the Lachine Canal ice rink was officially put back on the planning table at the end of November. The arctic playground on the canal would stretch 14km, and function as venue for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and hockey throughout the winter.

Crucial to this plan is the approval of Parks Canada, who have officially stated they are on board with the idea, if the right plan is made with the proper safety measures. Planning and discussion on the Lachine Canal ice rink will go on next month, and if things go smoothly, the grounds could be open for certain activities as soon as next winter season.


Photo cred - Buffalo News

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