3 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors Around Vancouver This Winter

A family skating on the outdoor rink in Whistler BC

Photo: Tourism Whistler

Skating is a quintessentially Canadian winter activity. With Vancouver’s mild winters, it doesn’t usually get cold enough in the city to skate on frozen ponds. However, thanks to modern technology, you can still skate outdoors on man-made rinks. Here are three places to go ice skating outdoors around Vancouver this winter.

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Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

Head up to Grouse Mountain to skate on a mountain-top pond. It’s especially beautiful when it’s snowing or at night when it’s lit up with twinkling lights.

Location: At the top of the Grouse Mountain Skyride, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Admission and Rentals: Skating is free with your Grouse Mountain access ticket. Skate rentals are $5-8.

Dates: Daily mid-November to April.

Hours and More Info: Grouse Mountain

A group of ice skaters on a frozen pond at Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala


Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler

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Each winter Whistler’s Olympic Plaza transforms into an outdoor ice rink. With twinkly lights added to the snowy scene, it’s a real winter wonderland. It’s open again this season with limited capacity.

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza, 4365 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Admission and Rentals: Admission is $2. Rentals are $8 and include admission.

Dates: November 27, 2020, until late March 2021. Closed holidays.

Hours and More Info: Tourism Whistler

Skating at the Whistler Olympic Plaza outdoor skating rink

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova


Shipyard Skate Plaza, North Vancouver

North Vancouver’s Shipyard Commons, next to the Lonsdale Quay, is home to one of the region’s newest outdoor ice rinks. And at 20,000 square feet, it’s also the largest. There’s a retractable cover too, so you can skate in any weather.

Location: Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Admission and Rentals: Free admission. Skate rentals are $5-7.

Dates: TBA.

Hours and More Info: City of North Vancouver

Skaters at the Shipyards Skate Plaza in North Vancouver

Photo: City of North Vancouver


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