6 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors Around Vancouver

Skaters at night on the Whistler Olympic Plaza skating rink

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

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 skate outdoors on man-made rinks. Here are six places to go ice skating outdoors around Vancouver, including two rinks that are brand-new for 2019!

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6 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors Around Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 9, 2017

If your family is into wine, films, performance or music, you should count your lucky stars this weekend, or your lucky planets – both Venus and Mars are shining super brightly just after sunset! Here are some things to do aside from braving the cold to stargaze, including the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and if you’re feeling romantic, a way to get married for free.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 9, 2017

Robson Square Ice Rink opens for 2016 season of free ice skating

Robson Square ice rink 2016

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Need a date night idea this holiday season? Or, maybe a way to keep your kids busy for a couple of hours? Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink will be opening for the season on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and will remain open until February 14, 2017.

Taking turns around the ice rink has become a favourite Vancouver winter tradition, which is best enjoyed with friends, family and loved ones. The rink is open from morning to late at night and is a magical place to enjoy the holidays. Best of all, if you have your own skates, it’s free!

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Robson Square Ice Rink opens for 2016 season of free ice skating

Park Royal hosts free Spring Skate, today – March 18

Keep your ice skates out, Vancouverites. Cherry blossoms are starting to appear and Robson Square’s winter ice rink has closed for the season, but there’s a new, free, family-friendly skate option in town: the Spring Skate rink at Park Royal March 9 – 18.

In order to host this slick March Break activity, Park Royal added 4,000 sq. ft. of synthetic “ice” to the outdoor area behind Osaka and Staples, overlooking the Spirit Trail and the ocean. For a full round up of the top ten Spring Break activities for kids, check out Dana’s post here.

Synthetic ice works rain or shine, warm or cold, so there’s no need to worry about weather. Find out more about the packed schedule of free family entertainment taking place at Spring Skate, today through March 18, after the jump. Continue reading:
Park Royal hosts free Spring Skate, today – March 18

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Returns December 1

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

Since its re-opening for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Robson Square Ice Rink (located at 800 Robson Street, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery) has reclaimed its spot as a beloved Vancouver winter tradition. The open-air ice rink is the only spot for outdoor ice skating in Vancouver (the next nearest outdoor rink is on Grouse Mountain), and it’s completely free!

Weather permitting, the Robson Square Ice Rink’s 2011 grand opening will be December 1, 2011.

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Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Returns December 1

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).

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Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver