Did you know that Montréal has more than 225 outdoor skating rinks, including a dozen or so which are refrigerated? Whether you want a romantic date, a family skate or you just want to learn or improve your skating skills, check out our favourite places to skate in the city.
Before you decide to venture out for a skate, be sure to check the ice conditions.
Skating close to home
The sheer number of neighbourhood rinks in Montréal makes skating an easy way to get active without venturing far from home. Don’t pass up the chance to visit your local rink!
First steps without falling
Would you like to introduce your children to skating? Head to the rink outside of busy hours, or choose a rink better suited to beginners, such as the one at Parc Maisonneuve. This gigantic ice oval, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, gives you plenty of space in which to get your wings! Bordered by trees, it also offers a splendid view of the Olympic Stadium. Another ideal spot for families in winter is the Parc du Mont-Royal. Its 2,500-square-metre refrigerated rink offers a smooth surface that’s perfect for kids and beginners. Don’t forget your helmet!
As well, a refrigerated skating rink is available for skaters in the Espace 67 amphitheatre, in parc Jean-Drapeau.
In the heart of downtown, the new refrigerated skating rink on the Esplanade Tranquille will accommodate up to 400 people in 2022. Put on your skates and take to the ice under the interactive projections.
The skating rink at Parc La Fontaine is not lacking in atmosphere. Skate to the rhythm of music on a lighted surface, or get your adrenaline rush at one of the park’s two hockey rinks. The rinks offer original ice sheets by virtue of their non-circular shapes.
Skating is probably among the most romantic of winter activities. To make your outing a success, head to the Parc Molson in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie where you can skate to the sound of music. The doves are especially fond of Parc Jeanne-Mance, which offers an impressive view of Mount Royal. And the Plateau Mont-Royal is also home to the hugely popular Parc Laurier, where users can skate at their leisure on a short rink bordered by century-old trees.
All the cardio you need
Thanks to their refrigeration systems, the Bleu Blanc Bouge rinks and the new ice rink at Parc La Fontaine open early in the season and close later than their traditional outdoor counterparts.
If you live further north, you’ll find everything you need at Parc Jarry. This large park features a pair of hockey rinks and a recreational rink that’s lighted after dusk.