4 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors Around Vancouver in Winter 2021/22

Mountain top ice skating on a pond at Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Vancouver’s mild winters mean that it doesn’t usually get cold enough to skate on frozen ponds. However, thanks to modern technology, you can still skate outdoors on hand-built rinks. Here are four places to go ice skating outdoors around Vancouver in winter 2021/22.

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 Mountain Admission ticket. Skate rentals are $5-8

Dates: Daily late November to April

Hours and More Info: Grouse Mountain

A group skating on a pond at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver at night

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala


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: Early December to late February

Hours and More Info: City of North Vancouver

Skaters at the Shipyards Skate Plaza in North Vancouver

Photo: City of North Vancouver


Robson Square, Vancouver

Skating at downtown Vancouver’s Robson Square rink is a Vancouver tradition. It’s got a covered glass dome, which means you can skate in all kinds of weather.

Location: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

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

Dates: Early December 2021 to late February 2022

Hours and More Info: Robson Square

Photo: robsonsquare.com

Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler

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.

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza, 4365 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

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

Dates: November 26, 2021, until late March 2022.

Hours and More Info: Tourism Whistler

People skating on an outdoor ice rink at night in Whistler, BC

Photo: Tourism Whistler

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