The annual winter festival planned by The City of St. John’s is plagued this year by some unseasonable weather.
ChillFest’s five days of free winter events from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18 included several outdoor events which required a key ingredient to go ahead: snow.
Most recently, Saturday’s highly anticipated event, Community Sliding Time with Mark Critch at Victoria Park, was postponed due to lack of snow. The event was earmarked as the official event to light up the sliding hill and recognize several donors who are helping with efforts to renew the park.
A new date for the event will be announced when conditions allow.
St. John’s has seen less than 11 cm of snow so far this month, compared to nearly 92 cm in Feb. 2017. On the whole, snowfall amounts this winter are well below seasonal averages. Paired with extended periods of warm temperatures and rain, the city has not had much snow accumulation.
Other ChillFest events were cancelled altogether: a Snow Play and Sliding Party in Bowring Park scheduled for Saturday, free snow shoe rentals in Bowring Park scheduled for Sunday, and free ski and snow shoe rentals in Pippy Park on Thursday.
All indoor events, as well as the skating events at The Loop in Bannerman Park, are going ahead as planned.
A full list of ChillFest events are posted on the City of St. John's website.