Best Indoor and Outdoor Skating Rinks

Whether you want mountain views as you glide across an outdoor rink, or you prefer a warm, heated facility with skate rentals, Calgary has a plethora of indoor and outdoor skating rinks for you to try this winter.

Bowness Lagoon. Photograph courtesy of The City of Calgary.

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? You have a lot of choice when it comes to great skating rinks in and around Calgary. These 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

Bowness Park Lagoon

8900 48 Ave. N.W.

This popular rink reopened in late January 2015 following redevelopment and renovations. Skate, helmet and stabilizer rentals are available from the Skate Shop – it’s operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. Skate sharpening services are also offered here. If you have your own gear, bring along your skates and skate on this rink for free.

Carburn Park

67 Riverview Dr. S.E. 

This one-acre skating rink in Riverbend opened at the end of 2012 and it’s since become a community favourite. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables nearby for a hot chocolate afterward.

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. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Skate rentals and skate sharpening are available from the Skate Hut, located on the southwest corner of Olympic Plaza.

Prairie Winds Park

223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E. 

When the weather gets chilly, this park in the Westwinds community is a great spot for tobogganing or ice skating at two city-run rinks. You’ll also find spray parks and a wading pool here in the summer. Although the north rink is close for the season, the south rink, available for pleasure skating, is still open.

Southland Leisure Centre

2000 Southland Dr. S.W., 403-648-6555

Southland’s two indoor rinks have 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 for public skating are $13.35 for adults; $6.85 for youth ages 13-17; $6.05 for children ages six to 12; and children ages zero to five are free. Rentals and skate sharpening are available in the pro-shop.

Thomson Family Park

1236 16 Ave. S.W.

Thomson Family Park officially opened in October 2016. As well as playgrounds, public artwork and a picnic area, this new park has a City-run seasonal outdoor skating rink.

University of Calgary Olympic Oval

2500 University Dr. N.W., 403-220-7954, oval.ucalgary.ca

Skating at the University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval is an incredible experience. It was built for the 1988 Olympics and it’s still used by Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. If you want to skate the 400-metre track, check when the venue is open to the public – visit oval.ucalgary.ca for public skate times.

Westside Recreation Centre

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 for the centre are $16 for adults; $10 for children ages 10 to 17 and $5 for children ages two to nine who are accompanied by an adult.

Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton

4995 Market St S.E., 403-351-5262

This sprawling, 330,000 square foot facility, located in Calgary’s deep south opened in January 2019, and boasts a full-service library, an art gallery and studio space, a 250-seat theatre and two multi-purpose ice rinks. The drop-in fees vary by age, but youths aged eight to 17 get in for $5 on Fridays from 1 p.m., to close. Find out more about YMCA’s drop-in fees at ymcacalgary.org

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

11300 Rocky Ridge Road, N.W., 403-351-6673

Shane Homes YMCA located in the community of Rocky Ridge features one NHL-sized rink, and one leisure rink to accommodate all levels of skaters. The space also features full day licensed childcare available for children ages one to six, as well as child minding services for parents to use while enjoying the YMCA’s facilities. Find out more about YMCA’s drop-in fees at ymcacalgary.org

 


Rinks in the Rockies

The Pond

7th Avenue at Mallard Alley, Canmore

This skating rink is located in the heart of downtown Canmore. A gorgeous location with mountain views, 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. and there are heated gazebos. Rentals are available at Gear Up Sport in Canmore.

Lake Louise

111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise

This magical rink is worth the drive. In fact, CNN claimed that it was one of the World’s Best Skating Rinks in 2014. Maintenance crew at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise clear the ice daily. This rink also has an ice castle made out of huge blocks of ice. Skate rentals are available from Chateau Mountain Sports, next to the hotel’s lobby, for $13 for two hours or $16 for a full day. Rentals are also available at Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise.

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