School is out! The holidays are finally here! Delighted children turn their attention to outdoor fun. Whirling, twirling, spinning under a snowy sky: they sail across the ice alight with festive joy. These moments with their friends make the treats to come seem even sweeter.
For most, it starts haltingly: a tumble, a bump, perhaps a few bruises. Ankles wobbling, knees knocking, sometimes clinging to a chair or a parent’s hand. But one day, balance and determination prevail. The chair is set aside, the helping hands clapping instead as, head down, the brave new skater glides along unaided.
Since ice skating was first introduced to North America in the eighteenth century, learning to skate has been a coming-of-age ritual for millions of Canadian children. Some go on to play professional hockey, compete in figure skating events, or race on speed skating tracks. Others simply enjoy the occasional game of pond hockey or a turn around the local rink. Either way, it is in these earliest moments on the ice, when children learn what it feels like to move faster than their legs alone can carry them, that the magic of ice skating is ignited.
- The border of the coin is decorated with painted green holly leaves and bright red berries.
- Crafted in 99.99% pure silver