For the first time in 20 years, Vancouver residents are now able to skate on Trout Lake.
The Vancouver Park Board confirmed on Wednesday the lake has more than 5 in/12cm of solid ice and danger signs have been removed.
The last time conditions were safe for public skating was in 1996.
The Vancouver Park Board regularly measures the thickness of the ice at the city’s ponds, and Trout Lake is the first to pass the 12 cm safety mark.
Residents have already been taking advantage of the rare Vancouver outdoor pastime.
For the first time in 20 years, the ice is thick enough for skating on Vancouver’s Trout Lake. Lynn Colliar has more.
The Park Board says people should still skate with caution. There is no staff supervision of the skaters.
None of the city’s other ponds are safe for skating on at this time.
Lost Lagoon, Jericho, Queen Elizabeth, Vanier remain closed to the public.
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