Did you know that Montréal has more than 225 outdoor skating rinks, eight of which are refrigerated? Whether you’re interested in a romantic date or a family skate, or whether you want to work on your skating stride, the following rinks are some of the best the city has to offer.
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
If you’re a beginner or you want to introduce your kids to skating, head to the rink outside of busy hours, or choose a more suitable rink, 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.
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. This park’s recreational skating rink, complete with a music island, offers a delightful atmosphere. 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 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.