New Canadians learn to love the cold at Camp Manitou

Kids ready to go skating for the first time. Michael Draven/ Global News

The cold weather didn’t stop a group of new Canadians from trying out some winter activities Saturday.

Members of the Congo Canada Charity Foundation got to visit Camp Manitou so they could learn how to have fun in the cold.

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The group was able to lace up their skates and try out what they consider the most Canadian sport — hockey.

Kids get ready to step out on the ice for the first time. Michael Draven/ Global News

Organizers believe this will help bridge the gap between cultures.

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“This is our dream you know. We want to give these kids the same opportunities as other kids. If you can skate, then you can feel Canadian because Canada is hockey,” said Congo Canada Foundation president Paul Kambaja.

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Along with trying out skating, the group was able to try tobogganing and snowshoeing.

True North Youth Foundation has hosted six of these sessions and hopes to do it all again next year.