The recent coolers temperatures may have you searching for the ultimate Canadian experience of outdoor skating in Vancouver! Bundle up and get the winter experience at one of Vancouver’s great outdoor skating rinks. Lace up and hit the ice for a twirl, a leap or a spin at one of these local spots.
Outdoor ice skating rinks
Shipyards Outdoor Skate Plaza *Free*
Hours: The Skate Plaza is open daily, 1:00-8:00pm
Did you know that North Vancouver is home to the region’s largest outdoor skating rink? Located on the waterfront at the Shipyards, this skating rink is worth a visit for the views alone! With 12,000 feet of space to enjoy, the Shipyard Commons skating rink is open and ready to welcome you for the season.
This outdoor skating plaza offers daily skating, as well as free helmets and skate aides. There are limited rentals available ($7/adult a d $5/kids). If you have your own skates – you skate for free!
Pro tip: The rental lineups can be lengthy so it’s advisable to bring (or borrow) your own skates.
Robson Square Outdoor Skating Rink *Free*
Opens Dec 1, 2022
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-11pm
Enjoy this outdoor ice skating rink right in Vancouver! A Vancouver favourite tradition, you can enjoy skating on this icy oasis in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city. This year they have are opening a new indoor skate rental and updated café. There are lockers, a patio with heaters and a a skate dryer!
Grouse Mountain Ice Skating Pond
Hours: Check conditions and hours at Today on Grouse
Nothing beats skating outdoors on an 8,000 square foot mountaintop skating pond, surrounded by snow-capped trees on the top of Grouse Mountain. Enjoy this picture perfect outdoor ice skating location along with some of the best views of downtown Vancouver that the city has to offer. Open now until early Spring (be sure to check daily weather conditions). Fun with the kids or perhaps even consider a unique date night?
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A connector by nature, Renee loves to bring people together and is fueled by thoughtful conversations, family style meals and perfecting details. Hikes for the views, thinks variety is the spice of life, and is always up for an adventure with her husband and their two young daughters. A fulltime marketer by day, Renee recently moved back to the North Shore where you can find her busy with work Zoom calls, home renos, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family.