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2017-02-01 / Lifestyles

Canalside Buffalo

home to a multitude of winter activities
by LUCY LOPEZ
Reporter


Western New Yorkers came out to celebrate Canalside’s “Chillibration” festival on Jan. 14. This weekend-long celebration included children’s activities on and off the ice, a vendor market with local artisans and live music. 
Photo by Sarah McIlhatten. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Western New Yorkers came out to celebrate Canalside’s “Chillibration” festival on Jan. 14. This weekend-long celebration included children’s activities on and off the ice, a vendor market with local artisans and live music. Photo by Sarah McIlhatten. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com If you’re looking for something to get rid of those winter blues, there’s something to do pretty much every day of the week down at Canalside. It’s safe to say that Canalside has become a hub of activity in downtown Buffalo, and not just in the summertime.

One of the biggest features drawing Western New Yorkers is the ice rink. On a Friday night, you’ll find a crowd getting ready to dance around in their skates to the tunes playing on the loud speaker.

Open skate costs $6 for ages 13 and older, $4 Public for ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Skate rentals are available for $4, and sizes range from a toddler 9 to an adult 13. Limited locker rentals are available for $3. BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members can present their member card for $1 off admission.

On certain promotional nights, visitors can get discounted admission and skate rental for $8 by wearing themed outfits including “Blue and Gold Nights”; red, white and blue on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20; and a team jersey on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.

Blue and Gold Nights are Thursday, Feb 2; Saturday, Feb 4; Tuesday, Feb 7; Thursday, Feb. 9; Sunday, Feb. 12; Thursday, Feb. 16; Saturday, Feb. 18; Sunday, Feb 19; Thursday, Feb 28; Thursday, March 2 and Saturday, March 4.

There will also be some themed nights on the ice, including Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb 14, and Mardi Gras, Tuesday, Feb 28.

This year, Canalside has introduced skating lessons, curling, ice bike rentals. There’s much more to do than just ice skate. With new events such as the Future Sounds of Buffalo and the Create a Mini Book series and returning events that include quiz night, karaoke, open mic night and magic shows, there’s something for everyone.

The following events will be held inside the Lodge, located next to The Ice at Canalside:

The Future Sounds of Buffalo series looks to develop young local artists. Concerts will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4 and 11.

Create a mini book offers families a chance to decorate, design and write their own short story. These events will be held inside the Winter Lodge from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb 5; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14; and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

A Very Winterful Magic Show will feature local magician Nick Presents Magic. Events will be from 1 to 3:30 pm. Sundays, Feb. 5 through Feb. 26.

Karaoke night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

Open mic night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

Quiz night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

The Winter Lodge is now sponsored by Airbnb. It has redesigned and decorated the space to create a cozy atmosphere for inside events as well as a place for skaters and ice bikers to escape the cold and purchase food and hot chocolate.

This is the first sponsorship Airbnb has been involved with in Western New York, and a company official said it is excited to be part of Canalside’s growth.

“By partnering with Canalside — whose year-round world-class programming is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike — we are honored to support a landmark that so perfectly represents the rich history and bright future that makes Buffalo a great American city,” said Josh Meltzer, New York head of public policy for Airbnb.

“In the past year, over 7,500 travelers have discovered Buffalo as a result of the hundreds of Airbnb hosts who share their home and earn a little bit of extra money along the way.”

In addition to all the activities, Canalside will host its ninth annual Tim Hortons Backyard Classic Tournament from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. The tournament, which started in a backyard, has grown into one of the largest regional outdoor pond hockey tournaments in New York. In nine years, the Backyard Classic has had 175 teams and 500 players and has raised $75,000 for charity.

Thomas Dee, president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, said he’s excited to see that Buffalo’s waterfront is being appreciated.

The fact that Buffalo is popular not a surprise to me” he said during a press event. “I was always dumbfounded as to why we’re not known as a great waterfront city. It’s nice we’re getting that local recognition.”

Canalside is located at 44 Prime St. in downtown Buffalo. For more information on parking or events, visit canalsidebuffalo.com.

email: llopez@beenews.com

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