Whitehorse joined numerous other cities across the country Sunday in taking the unusual move to cancel New Year’s Eve events that had been set for
the great outdoors due to weather.
Scheduled outdoor concerts, hockey games and more aimed at ringing in 2018 were cancelled at various locales across Canada.
Locally, the city’s celebrations began at 4 p.m. with free skating, swimming, crafts and games happening inside the Canada Games Centre until 6 p.m.
That’s when festivities had been scheduled to move to Shipyards Park, where there would be sliding, skating, outdoor games and bonfires until 8 p.m.
At that point, the finale to the event would see fireworks light up the sky.
With temperatures in the -30s and wind chills making it feel more like it was in the -40s, Adrian Marsh, the city’s special events co-ordinator, said today
officials decided Sunday to cancel the outdoor events. They notified the public via the city’s social media feeds.
“The wind picked up,” Marsh explained of the cancellation.
While some thought had been given to extending the festivities at the Canada Games Centre, she said, the timing of the cancellation didn’t allow for
While Shipyards Park remained largely empty through Sunday, the CGC proved a popular spot for families to celebrate in the late afternoon.
Some 1,300 people walked through the doors between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and signs had to be put up directing drivers to overflow parking areas.
“There was a steady flow,” Marsh said.
The Games Centre had been fairly busy during the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, with the cold snap leading many families to seek indoor
Many at the centre seemed happy to take in the free activities and enjoy the kettle corn that was handed out before the recreation complex closed at 6
As news spread of the cancellation at Shipyards, many took to social media wondering whether the fireworks would go ahead as planned.
Officials with the city continued to let the public know the fireworks were still set to proceed, also taking the opportunity to recommend bundling up for
Downtown, a number of vehicles were stationed in store parking lots, facing the direction of Shipyards Park to take in the display in the sky.
Drivers and passengers opted to stay in their vehicles or just step out briefly to take in part of the spectacle.
Others made their way from their parked vehicles to the park to observe, arguably, the best view of the fireworks that lit up the night sky.
Marsh said the city is looking at building more partnerships in hosting next year’s New Year’s Eve events.
Meanwhile, it plans to continue keeping the festivities as a family-focused event for ringing in the new year.