Our winters in Vancouver never get that cold, so it isn’t usually safe to skate on frozen ponds. But you can still skate outdoors on five different ice rinks that pop up each winter. Here’s where to skate outdoors in winter 2022/23.
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: Late November 2022 to April 2023.
Hours and More Info: Grouse Mountain
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.
Location: Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver.
Admission and Rentals: Free admission. Skate rentals are $5-7.
Dates: Early December 2022 to late February 2023.
Hours and More Info: 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: December 2, 2022 to February 28, 2023.
Hours and More Info: Robson Square
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 $9 and include admission.
Dates: November 25, 2022 until late March 2023.
Hours and More Info: Tourism Whistler
Starlight Skating Rink, Harrison Hot Springs
Glide around the ice at Harrison Hot Springs’ popular Lights by the Lake winter festival. Their rink uses a unique synthetic ice surface that is unaffected by weather so you can skate no matter the temperature.
Location: 495 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Admission and Rentals: Free admission. Skate rentals are $5-8.
Dates: November 10, 2022 to February 20, 2023.
Hours and More Info: Harrison Hot Springs
By Taryn Eyton
Source Inside Vancouver