It's been a slow start to the season for some long-awaited winter activities in Ontario. One victim this season is the Arrowhead Provincial Park Fire & Ice nights which again won't start this weekend. If you've been wanting to skate along the ice trail while torches light the path ahead, you'll have to wait a little bit longer.

The popular Fire & Ice nights were supposed to start on January 4 but after that was cancelled, the weekend of January 11 was looking like it would be the start to a magical season of skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park.

That's sadly not the case anymore.

The park tweeted out that the event tonight was also cancelled because of the weather.

Since the themed skating nights are all about fire and ice, both are needed to actually go through with the event and the weather doesn't seem like it'll cooperate to let the event happen.

Huntsville, where the park is located, and all of southern Ontario is under weather warnings from Environment Canada because of a massive storm system that's moving through the province.

Arrowhead Provincial Park is under a rainfall warning and freezing rain warning for January 11, neither of which are ideal for outdoor skating.

During the day, heavy rain is expected to fall and snow will melt along with it. The frozen ground won't be able to absorb all that water.

The real messy stuff starts in the afternoon when that rain is expected to transition over to freezing rain.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break," warned Environment Canada.

That means the start of Fire & Ice nights will have to wait once again.

On nights when the trail is open and conditions are good for skating, you can glide along the 1.3-kilometre ice trail through the forest at Arrowhead Provincial Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

You can also buy a cup of hot chocolate and sit next to two big fires where you can roast marshmallows or hot dogs on.

There are seven more Fire & Ice nights scheduled for 2020:

  • Thursday, January 16
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Friday, February 14
  • Thursday, February 20
  • Saturday, February 29
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 14

Here's hoping the weather cooperates for the rest of the season and people can get out on the ice skating trail.

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