Friends and family have fun at annual winter event in Quesnel

Friends Ellie, Kelsey, Trinity, and Myckayla pause from skating for a selfie at the Boots and Toques Festival on Friday, Feb. 25. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Friends Ellie, Kelsey, Trinity, and Myckayla pause from skating for a selfie at the Boots and Toques Festival on Friday, Feb. 25. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Enjoying herself on the ice for the first time at the annual Boots and Toque Festival in Quesnel was Lilly Gallant. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Enjoying herself on the ice for the first time at the annual Boots and Toque Festival in Quesnel was Lilly Gallant. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Skating aids helped improve children’s balance and confidence on the ice at the annual Boots and Toques Festival.. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Skating aids helped improve children’s balance and confidence on the ice at the annual Boots and Toques Festival.. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Lilly’s twin sister Lucy also enjoyed the winter event with some assistance from the Quesnel Kangaroos. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Lilly’s twin sister Lucy also enjoyed the winter event with some assistance from the Quesnel Kangaroos. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Friends Blake, Ellie, Myckayla, Kelsey and Trinity strike a pose at the West Fraser Centre late Friday afternoon Feb. 25. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Friends Blake, Ellie, Myckayla, Kelsey and Trinity strike a pose at the West Fraser Centre late Friday afternoon Feb. 25. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Nick and Nico Tomassetti get some reps in before the CIHL playoffs at the West Fraser Centre on March 5. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Nick and Nico Tomassetti get some reps in before the CIHL playoffs at the West Fraser Centre on March 5. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Attending the annual Boots and Toques Festival held Friday, Feb. 25 at the West Fraser Centre were Jordyn Kronebusch and Jermaine Austria. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Attending the annual Boots and Toques Festival held Friday, Feb. 25 at the West Fraser Centre were Jordyn Kronebusch and Jermaine Austria. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Skating aids helped improve children’s balance and confidence on the ice at the annual Boots and Toques Festival. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Skating aids helped improve children’s balance and confidence on the ice at the annual Boots and Toques Festival. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

There was lots of free fun had by family and friends at the West Fraser Centre on Friday, Feb. 25, where the City of Quesnel hosted its annual Boots and Toques Winter Festival.

Quesnel Kangaroos players skated with the kids. The players even helped push a smiling Lucy Gallant around the ice rink in her wheelchair.

Her twin sister Lilly, wearing a colorful helmet with a princess tiara, was also on the ice for the first time.

Throughout the walking track, there were activities such as coloring and a life-size Connect 4, and snacks including hot chocolate, popcorn, and maple syrup snow candy.

Volunteers with the Quesnel Arts Council were also on hand helping children of all ages design and create fun toques of their own to go home with.

“We had just under 250 people attend the event,” said Tarin Lefebvre, the city’s recreation coordinator.

“We feel that it went over really well being that it was our first big event that we hosted since the pandemic started.”

The late afternoon event concluded early in the evening with fireworks.

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