10 Best Indoor and Outdoor Skating Rinks

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 practise that Lutz jump. 

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Olympic Plaza (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. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

17th Avenue (Tomkins Park, 17 Ave. and 8 St. S.W.) 

New in November 2013, this skating rink is well worth a try. Go for a twirl in the early afternoon before hitting up your favourite restaurant along 17 Ave. Open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Prince's Island Lagoon (4 St & 1 Ave 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.

Rosemont Rinks in Confederation Park ( 2807, 10 St. N.W.) 

These two family-friendly rinks are good for all ages. The well-maintained ice won the Calgary Herald's Best Outdoor Skating Rink in 2011.

Heritage Park Town Square (1900 Heritage Drive S.W.)

Even though you're in a historical village, the ice at this rink is high-tech. Skate for free on the park's synthetic ice skating surface no matter what the weather is like. Open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Lake Louise (111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise)

This magical rink is worth the drive. 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 or at Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise.

The Pond in Canmore ( 7th Avenue at Mallard Alley)

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.

East Village Skating Rink (RiverWalk Plaza, 618 Confluence Way S.E.) 

The most trendy neighbourhood in Calgary now has everything we could possibly want, including a skating rink. Admire the colourful lights of the Langevin Bridge while skating the night away. Free skating all day.

Westside Recreation Centre (2000 69 St. S.W., 403-531-5875)

This huge indoor rink offers a leisure skate between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. most days. Drop-in fees are $13 for adults; $9 for children ages 10 to $17; and $4 for children ages 2 to 7 who are accompanied by an adult.

Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr. S.W., 403-648-6555)

Southland's indoor rink has public skates daily (visit website for times) and Parent & Child skates where strollers are permitted on the ice. Drop-in frees are $5.70 for adults; $2.90 for children ages 7 to 17; and $1.45 for children ages 2 to 6. Free skate on February 15th from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Rentals are available in the pro-shop.

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