Whether you want to have fun with friends, a romantic afternoon with your partner or just improve your skating skills, discover our favourite places to go skating in the city.
Before you put on your skates, check conditions at skating rinks.
First steps without falling
Just learning how to skate or want introduce your children to it? Head to the local rink outside of peak hours or take advantage of a more family-friendly option like Parc Maisonneuve. The park’s gigantic ring-shaped rink, far from the urban hustle and bustle, is a great option for those who want skate at their ease. The rink is also bordered with trees and boasts a commanding view of the Olympic Stadium.
Parc du Mont-Royal is another must winter destination for families. Its 2500 m2 refrigerated rink offers a smooth surface that’s perfect for children and beginners. And remember to wear a helmet!
Festive atmosphere and warm beverages
Mix things up by inviting your pals to savour a hot chocolate at the rink rather a beer at the pub. Parc La Fontaine holds a special place in the hearts of Montréal kids. Skate to the rhythm of music on a lighted recreational rink, or enjoy an adrenaline rush on one of the park’s two outdoor hockey rinks. The recreational skating rink features an original non-circular shape, and there are heated trailers at the south end of the lake with changing rooms and washrooms, to go along with a skate rental and sharpening service.
What could be more romantic than a skating date? For best results, head to Parc Molson in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. This park oozes charm, and its recreational skating rink, complete with a music island, creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. Cap off the evening in style at one of the many local bistros, or catch a film at Cinéma Beaubien. Parc Jeanne-Mance has long been a favourite among lovebirds. This uber-trendy park offers an impressive view of Mount Royal and features a chalet where skaters can change and warm up. Also in the Plateau, at the ever popular Parc Laurier, residents can enjoy a leisurely skate along a short ice rink bordered by hundred-year-old trees.
Sporting enthusiasts can put themselves to the test on some of Montréal’s recreational skating rinks. In Verdun, kids under 17 will want to gather for a game of shinny at the Bleu Blanc Bouge rink in Parc Willibrord. The rink opens early in the season and stays open longer than natural rinks thanks to its refrigerated ice surface. Residents of the northern part of the city are apt to find their winter fun at Parc Jarry. This large park has two hockey rinks and a lighted recreational skating rink open evenings. The skating facilities also include changing rooms in a Culture Vélo container, washrooms and an equipment rental service open on weekends.
Want to organize an outdoor hockey game among co-workers or friends? Several hockey rinks are available to rent for that purpose: all you need to do is apply for a reservation through your borough.