With the forecast calling for daytime highs around zero on Saturday and Sunday, it will be the perfect weekend to spend some time outdoors.

Moose Jaw's recreation services manager Scott Osmachenko says the outdoors rinks are all open and ready to use.

"We do have over 16 surfaces that you can actually skate within Moose Jaw. We do have a few outdoor rinks that have the shacks open too...The ice storm/freezing rain had a little bit of an impact on the outdoor rinks but they're all back up and running now."

Osmachenko says the hours for the heated shacks vary, so the best bet is to check the website or call the office (306-694-4400) for details.

The lights are on at the outdoor rinks until 10 p.m.

Another popular free activity is Crokicurl, which is played behind the Kinsmen Sportsplex. Those interested are asked to book a time online or use the city app. The lights will remain on until 8:30 p.m.

For sledding or tobogganing, Osmachenko says the city does not have any designated hills, however, there are many popular spots scattered throughout Moose Jaw.

He adds the city has many great locations for those who just want to get out and walk.

"Crews have been working on clearing pathways, so if you just want to go for a walk in Crescent Park, I know the crews in Wakamow did a whole bunch of work too, so if you just want to go for a nice walk on cleared pathways, today's actually a gorgeous day with the frost. I was just in Crescent Park this morning and it's very beautiful there too."

Donna MacQuarrie-Bye, General Manager of the Wakamow Valley Authority, says they have a lot to offer for those looking to get outside.

"We have bird watching, trails for cross-country skiing. Wakamow does have snowshoes for both the adults and the children that are free to use, so you just need to contact the office to book the equipment," she commented.

"We have regularly groomed trails for walking as well. The main trail through the park for those who prefer a leisurely walk and not to mention our skating oval at the Kiwanis River Park, which is always a popular family activity."

The change rooms at the skating oval are open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MacQuarrie-Bye commented further on what they have to offer for bird watchers.

"Wakamow actually has cataloged over 190 species of birds throughout the year. Patrons can visit the Wakamow office and pick up a pamphlet which outlines the birds that have been sighted within the park. It also includes a map of locations of where the bird feeding area is, in addition to a checklist for the various species that are within the park."

She reminds people to mark their calendars for WinterFest taking place on Feb. 26, 2023.