Snowfall Kickstarts Brandon's Outdoor Winter Leisure Offerings

December 15, 2022

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to inform the public that the Skating Oval, located immediately west of the City of Brandon’s Parks & Recreation Complex on McGregor Avenue will be open tomorrow at 12:00 noon. 


Around the skating oval is the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display, which is on from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through the winter season. No public vehicles are allowed in the direct area of the Waterfall of Lights display. The public is encouraged to park in designated areas on McGregor Avenue or Hilton Avenue and walk through the area to view the lights. The City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Department asks all members of the public to enjoy the lighting displays at a safe distance and not to walk in areas where power cords are present. 


Tomorrow also marks the official opening of the Hanbury Hill toboggan hill, located just off Braecrest Drive in Sir Winston Churchill Park. Hanbury Hill’s warm-up gazebo will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., while decorative lighting and flood lighting turned on each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the duration of the season.  


Other toboggan hills available for public use include ones in Rideau Park and at the Wheat City Golf Course/Recreation Centre, and smaller sliding hills include the 34th Street & Cherry Crescent Sliding Hill and the Parkdale Park Sliding Hill. Families are encouraged to enjoy all the above-mentioned free winter recreation offerings; however, the City of Brandon would note that all are unsupervised areas. 


For more information on the many other public winter activities overseen by the City of Brandon’s Parks & Recreation Services, including its various sledding/toboggan hills and outdoor trails, please visit or check out the Winter Recreation Guide. More information on recreation programming can be found at City of Brandon - Recreation Programs.