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posted on January 24, 2009

Skating on natural ice a winter wonder

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: January 23, 2009
Source: National Post

When the temperature drops, some people curse.

On Toronto Island, they cheer. "There's something about skating on natural ice that's very different from skating circles on a rink," says Kathleen McDonnell, an author who has lived with her family on Wards Island since 1982.

Ms. McDonnell led photographer Aaron Lynett and I from her family's cozy cottage through well-trod paths of snow. We stepped off the shore and skipped around the bow of a boat encased in ice. Off the shore of Algonquin Island there spread before us Toronto's most glorious rink.

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