The outdoor skating rink at Kinnaird Park was the place to be Saturday night as the City of Castlegar hosted a midwinter community celebration. Several hundred people braved the cold temperatures that dipped to minus six degrees Celsius.
Some relied on skating to keep them warm, while others gathered around blazing fire barrels with outstretched hands to warm up. People could also be found attempting to warm themselves up from the inside out with the free hot dogs and hot chocolate being served up by city councillors Dan Rye, Deb McIntosh, Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff and Florio Vassilikakis as well as many other volunteers.
Among those volunteers were Castlegar city employees and firefighters who were diligently making sure the fires stayed hot and that everyone was staying safe. Community sponsors of the event included Trowelex, Interfor, Kootenay Market, Tim Hortons and Dirty Diggers.
The event turned out to be a great way to celebrate winter and community spirit.