Shiver Fest returned to St. Paul, and the City of Cold Lake offered an Outdoor Winter Carnival to mark the provincial Family Day holiday on Monday.

Shiver Fest, an initiative of St. Paul and District FCSS took place all weekend long. Planned activities included swimming, curling, bowling, outdoor skating, trout fishing, a drive-through pancake breakfast, and more. 

St. Paul Ag Society held its skijoring event, with skiers pulled by horses.

Some outdoor activities were postponed because of cold weather. L’ACFA Régionale de St-Paul’s traditional cabane à sucre, planned for Sunday, was postponed to April 3. The Lakeland Cross-Country Ski Club cancelled its Monday ski day.

Sleigh rides, hot chocolate and fireworks at Bethel Family Worship Centre were cancelled for the weekend, but the church says it will offer family activities when the weather is better.

Shiver Fest had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of severe weather and pandemic restrictions, respectively.

Cold Lake’s Family Day festivities were all held on Monday at Thomas Varughese Memorial Field. Outdoor skating, tobogganing and ice slides, other ice games, snow painting, and a bonfire were among the activities.

Sleigh rides in Cold Lake were also cancelled because of the cold, but the clear sunny day brought families out to enjoy themselves.

A live snowman, ice slides, and comfortable furniture brought out the smiles (mostly) at Cold Lake’s Family Day winter carnival. JEFF GAYE