Winnipeg will not ban tobogganing

Kids toboggan with their parents at Kings Park. Jeremy Desrochers / File

WINNIPEG – It’s a classic winter time activity, and in Winnipeg, banning tobogganing wouldn’t go over well.

In Toronto, a bylaw prohibits tobogganing on 14 sledding hot spots due to safety. Hamilton, ON fines tobogganers up to 5 thousand dollars. Edmonton has been tossing around banning some hills as well, and a few cities in the states have jumped on board. Here in Winnipeg, the option of getting rid of the winter sport isn’t on the table.

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“The city has no interest in banning tobogganing,” said City Councillor Janice Lukes.  “You slide at your own risk.”

Although the city isn’t for banning tobogganing, Lukes said safety is important.

“It’s encouraged to have kids wear a helmet,” said Lukes.

Kids on Garbage Hill told Global News  on Saturday that they do try to wear a helmet and remain aware of their surroundings. Many parents were there supervising.


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