When the temperature starts to dip, and the snow begins to fall, people gather in Town Park to experience the Canadian winter together.
Over 120 years ago, masquerade carnivals were annual events on the open-air rink and prizes would be awarded for the fanciest costume and best comical dress. The 1896 masquerade charged an admission of 15 cents for skaters, 10 cents for masqueraders and 5 cents for spectators and the music was provided by the Battalion Band. Unfortunately, there are no pictures, however, one can imagine Victorian-era men and women dressed up in their costumes and skating underneath the stars in the Park.
Weather permitting, the rink continues to be a seasonal fixture in Town Park keeping the tradition of outdoor skating alive and well.
In recent years, Town Park has become home to Arctic Adventure, a one-day event that transforms the Park into a winter playground complete with an array of activities and concessions. Visitors are entertained by live ice sculpting, tubing, carnival games and, of course, open-air skating and hockey games on the rink. Wells Street, the western border of the Park, is closed to traffic and filled with candy floss, popcorn, beavertails and other concessions for the crowd to enjoy.