Best Indoor and Outdoor Skating Rinks
Some of our favourite ice rinks to glide, slide and skate on. Most of the rinks are scheduled to open in late December.
Photograph courtesy of the City of Calgary
[Ed. note: This article was updated on November 24, 2015.]
The best way to make the most of chilly weather is to embrace it. And what better way to embrace it than to go ice skating? There's no shortage of great skating rinks in and around Calgary. These ten skating rinks, both indoor and outdoor, are sure to get you excited again about chilly winter weather. Dust off those skates and head to any of these rinks to practice that Lutz jump.
Outdoor skating is always weather dependent. To get up-to-date details on the outdoor rinks, visit calgary.ca/parks.
Rinks in Calgary
8900 48 Ave. N.W.
This popular rink reopened in January 2015 following redevelopment and renovations. Skate, helmet and stabilizer rentals are now available again. The boat house also offers skate sharpening services. Or, bring your own and skate for free.
67 Riverview Dr. S.E.
This one-acre skating rink opened at the end of 2012 in Riverbend and it's already a community favourite. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables nearby for a hot chocolate afterward.
228 8 Ave. S.E.
This outdoor rink in the heart of downtown Calgary is a beautiful spot for a gentle, night-time glide or even a quick skate at lunch. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Heritage Park (rink is closed this winter)
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Even though you're in a historical village, the ice at this rink is high-tech. The rink is an synthetic ice skating surface so you can skate no matter what the weather is like. The rink is located outside of the park's gates so you can skate for free. Open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.
This city-run rink is in the Westwinds community. You'll find spray parks and a wading pool in the summer. And, when the weather gets chilly, it's a great spot for cross-country skiing, tobogganing and ice skating.
4 Street and 1 Avenue S.W.
In 2011, the City introduced an inflatable rubber Aqua Dam that holds the ice in place and prevents river currents from buckling the rink. Open daily for free skating between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
2807, 10 St. N.W.
These two family-friendly rinks in Confederation Park are good for all ages and have been in use since 1966. The well-maintained ice won the Calgary Herald's Best Outdoor Skating Rink in 2011.
2000 Southland Dr. S.W., 403-648-6555
Southland's indoor rink has public skating and shinny daily (visit website for times). There are also "parent & child" skate times, where strollers are permitted on the ice. Drop-in frees are $6.20 for adults; $3.10 for children ages seven to 17; and $1.55 for children ages two to six. Rentals are available in the pro-shop.
2000 69 St. S.W., 403-531-5875
This huge indoor rink is open for ice skating between September and March. There's also a pond area, perfect for younger skaters or Calgarians just learning to skate. Rentals aren't offered here. Drop-in fees are $15 for adults; $9 for children ages 10 to 17; and $4 for children ages two to nine who are accompanied by an adult.
Rinks in the Rockies
7th Avenue at Mallard Alley, Canmore
This skating rink is located in the heart of downtown Canmore. A gorgeous location, a skate here is a great way to finish up a day in the mountains. The rink is lit for night skating until 10 p.m. Rentals are available at Gear Up Sport in Canmore.
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
This magical rink is worth the drive. In fact, CNN claimed that it was the World's Best Skating Rink in 2014. Glide through an ice-castle and take in the towering mountains. Maintenance crew at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise clear the ice daily. Skate rentals are available onsite (for $11 for a half day or $15 for a full day) or at Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise.
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