The ice was slushy, mushy, spongy in spots. Water-covered, too. But the trails in Welland’s Woodlawn Park were enticingly skateable Sunday. And young and old, single skaters and families turned out, enjoying the open air, testing blades of steel on ribbons of ice, experiencing the allure of the Canadian winter, largely elusive so far in these parts. /Photos by Joe Barkovich.