As the temperature begins to drop, that means one classic Canadian tradition is rapidly approaching, outdoor skating rinks. Few things bring Canadians together as naturally as a frozen pond or a sheet of ice in the winter. When the weather co-operates, the December break can be the perfect time to head to the local outdoor rink.

The 25th Hour’s Michael Edgar explores this tradition through his own personal experiences. He takes us through how heading to the outdoor rink helps build friendships, and helps keep them strong.