We read in the Ottawa Citizen about how Winnipeg is trying to get the title of World’s Longest Skating Rink. Ottawa currently holds this title in the Guiness Book of World Records. In the winter, a portion of the Rideau Canal becomes a 7.5 kilometre skateway in downtown Ottawa. Winnipeg currently has 6 kilometres of skateway. They are hoping to have 8.5 kilometres by the end of January.
Our students have some opinions about this issue.
Here is a portion of the article that we used:
Winnipeg wants to ice rink record River trail would be longer than Rideau Canal’sDave Rogers, Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008
In a little more than a week, Winnipeg expects to have bragging rights to the world’s longest skating rink, beating Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway by a kilometre.
Paul Jordan, manager of The Forks market in downtown Winnipeg, said eight university students with snow shovels have been working for three weeks, clearing a six-kilometre trail along the Red and Assiniboine rivers through the city core.
By Jan. 25, Winnipeg officials expect to have an 8.5-kilometre ice trail, bettering Ottawa’s 7.8-kilometre skateway.
In 2007, Winnipeg’s River Trail was only four kilometres, but Jordon figured it wouldn’t take much effort to make it longer than the Ottawa skateway. Winnipeg temperatures have been steady around -30 C this winter and there is about 25 centimetres of snow — ideal conditions for making ice. Jordan is so confident of success by Jan. 25 that he has called Guinness World Records to have Winnipeg’s rink registered as the world’s longest.