Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver

GE Plaza Ice Rink is under the dome at downtown Vancouver's Robson Square

Ice skating outdoors anywhere is a real treat, but ice skating outdoors in the centre of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by glittering holiday lights? That’s something truly special, and something we haven’t had for over ten years.

But now it’s back: November 23, 2009, was the grand (re)opening of the newly upgraded outdoor ice rink at Vancouver’s iconic Robson Square (temporarily renamed GE Plaza, in honour of GE’s contributions to the upgrade).

Located in the very heart of downtown next to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Street shopping, the GE Plaza Ice Rink is covered by a clear dome—so there is protection from rain—but is otherwise outside, letting you feel the breeze on you face, letting you feel the energy of the city around you.


2010 Olympic Mascots help celebrate the grand opening of the GE Plaza Ice Rink. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun

Think that sounds amazing? Here’s the best part: It’s FREE!

Yep, you can skate your heart out from 9am – 9pm daily for FREE. Skate rentals—if you need them—are $3 on-site.

On the ice at the GE Plaza Ice Rink. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun

Have memories of skating on the ice at Robson Square as a kid? Please share!

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11 Responses to Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver

  1. Melinda

    Do you know how long they will have the free skate for?

    • Melinda,

      There’s no definitive “end date” that I know of (yet). But the rink should be open for the next several months, at least. Certainly it will be open through both the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics.

      If anyone does know an “end date,” please post!

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  3. somethingsarejustfree

    it’s just free. from what i recall it was free in its original form ‘way back when’.

  4. Tess

    Is there skate sharpening on site?

    • Tess,

      Use their contact phone number for this and other questions you may have: 604-646-3568.

      Hope it works!

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  9. Laura

    My family and I are traveling to Canada July 2012 and we are looking for a place to skate. Will this be open during that time?