Medicine River Wildlife Centre is working to create an opportunity for cross-country skiers and skaters to come out and play.
Recently the wildlife centre received $10,000 from the 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund Society which will go towards funding equipment and signage to enhance its nature trails during the winter months.
In February, the society announced a legacy fund of $650,000 to provide support for not-for-profit sport and community organizations in Alberta.
Executive director Carol Kelly said the money will be used to buy a small tractor for the trails and skating rink, along with a grooming equipment for the cross-country ski trail.
The new cross-country ski trail around the wetlands will be separate from the existing walking trail, which was used a lot over the past year, she said.
“Last winter we didn’t get much snow so we had people out here all winter. It’s been quite busy. I think COVID has driven a lot of people to get out in the country.”
She said the centre is a little bit different and not too far from home.
The wildlife centre, located near Spruce View, treats injured wildlife and educates the public about wildlife.