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

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

A City With Heart | Photo: Spencer Finlay (Flickr)

For many, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion celebrated with romantic candlelit dinners, long-stemmed roses, and stolen kisses, but for parents with young kids, the day of love can easily shift from a day of passion, to an excuse to order in and implement early bedtimes.

Having kids shouldn’t mean forgoing the Valentine’s Day festivities! Vancouver offers a long list of great Valentine’s Day activities fit for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just 4 of the ways you can celebrate love on February 14th with your kid in tow.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Go Ice Skating Outdoors

Robson Square Ice Rink | Photo: Clayton Perry (via Flickr)

Bundle up, strap on some skates, and participate in one of Canada’s most favourite Winter pastimes – ice skating! While Vancouver is packed with a wide variety of indoor ice rinks, these three outdoor skating spots are sure to keep the family time festive as you glide into a new year – the Canadian way. Here are the best places to go ice skating outdoors in and around Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Go Ice Skating Outdoors

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

Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver: Robson Square Rink Opens Dec 1

Photo credit: JWPhotowerks | Flickr

Photo credit: JWPhotowerks | Flickr

Time to lace up those skates. The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2015-2016 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the rink offers covered ice skating, complete with holiday music and a concession stand with hot chocolate and other warm drinks.

The best part: It’s free if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals will set you back just $4. How’s that for a holiday entertainment deal.

Just how much of a bargain is that? Consider that rates at New York’s famous Rockefeller Plaza ice rink start at $25 a person, plus another $12 for skate rentals.  Continue reading:
Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver: Robson Square Rink Opens Dec 1

Top 5 Family-Friendly Winter Activities

Penguin Point at the Vancouver Aquarium. Photo credit: The Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver is a great city for kids. From local parents to the Lonely Planet Travel with Children guidebook, the experts agree. What are the best family-friendly winter activities?

I’ve rounded up a list of the latest and greatest options that includes indoor city fun, as well as snowy winter sports. Now get out there and have a blast.

Top Family-Friendly Winter Activities

1) KEVA Planks at Science World: Plank your heart out! KEVA planks are irresistible building tools for both kids and adults. Thanks to their flawless physical properties, they’re even used by architects. On a rainy afternoon, head on over with the family and use the demo sets to compete against one another to build the tallest tower. And don’t miss the daily tower topple at noon! Open through March 15. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Winter Activities

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Santa’s Living Room. Photo credit: Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Real reindeer. Giant gingerbread men. Kris Kringle. Ice skating. These are all good reasons to be nice, not naughty this December. Here are Vancouver’s 5 best family-friendly Christmas attractions. Wrangle the kiddos and hit up as many as you possibly can.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

1) Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, ongoing through Feb. 2013
Robson Square’s free ice rink is beloved by families and local schools, who make up most of the 8,300 weekly visitors. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the city-sponsored rink only charges for rentals. So BYOS (Bring Your Own Skates) or pay $4 (cash) for blades. Helmets and ice cleats are $2. The rink is open 9:00am and 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9:00am to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities