By Lawrence Belanger
With the recent rain, above-freezing temperatures, and mild nights keeping things looking a lot browner and greyer than usual for the Eastern Townships, classic wintertime activities on the water, like ice fishing or ice skating, haven’t been possible. Without snowfall and freezing temperatures, ice rinks, ponds, and lakes are all unsuitable for on-ice activities.
Sherbrooke’s ice rinks, save for the refrigerated Bleu Blanc Bouge rink on Galt Ouest, all remain closed as of Jan. 9, according to the city’s online interactive map (sherbrooke.ca/carte). If one visits these rinks, one can see for themselves the toll that the thaw has taken. At Centennial Park in Lennoxville, the skating rink near Lennoxville Elementary was uneven, having melted and refrozen over the last week’s weather. A light dusting of snow hinted at better conditions to come, however in the short term it only made the surface more dangerous.