Best Ice Skating in Calgary 2018/19
Can you believe we’re already halfway through December, that means its the season for outdoor skating in Calgary! Countless amazing rinks around the city it can be hard to choose. While you may have the luxury of living in one of Calgary’s lake communities such as Lake Chaparral or Sundance others will need to find their outdoor rink of choice. City maintained rinks will normally feature Christmas lights and fire pits, and some even have skate rentals available. Here are the best skating rinks in Calgary and what is great about each of them.
Admission is FREE to each of these outdoor rinks!
The city-maintained rinks (with the exception of Olympic Plaza) are usually open from mid-December to February, weather permitting. Check rink conditions here.
1. Bowness Park Lagoon features a stunning rink and many amenities: skate shop, teahouse, Christmas lights, fire pits, and washrooms. This is natural ice so it can be a bumpy, but all the kids have enjoyed skating here since they were a couple years old. Skating aids, strollers, and sleds are permitted on the ice so the whole family can enjoy the fun!
Address: 8900 48 Ave NW.
Hours: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, 5 a.m. – 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
2. Olympic Plaza Located across from City Hall in the hear of downtown, Olympic Plaza is an adorable date night activity or afternoon skate. There are skate rentals and washrooms onsite and many nearby choices for dining and shopping. A fun fact, Medal presentation ceremonies took place here during the 1988 Winter Olympics?
Address: 228 8 Ave SE
Hours: Olympic Plaza is open from mid-November to mid-March. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.
3. Prince’s Island Lagoon also located downtown, is easier to access as you can park at Eau Claire Market or the public parking lot near the Calgary Curling Club. It’s also more welcoming for families as strollers and sleds are permitted on the ice. The nearest washrooms are below the River Café (seasonal) and Eau Claire Market. Beautiful lights at Christmas and lots of places to eat just a skip and a hop away.
Address: 4th St & 1st Ave SW
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily
4. Carburn Park’s pond is in a natural setting near the Bow River. Washrooms are open year round and the rink has lights at night. Strollers and sleds welcome. After skating, stroll or snowshoe around the ponds; it’s a pleasant 1.5 km loop with no elevation gain.
Address: 67 Riverview Dr SE
Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
5. Rosemont Rinks at Confederation Park is maintained by volunteers and won the award for best outdoor rink in 2011. There are 2 rinks – 1 for skating and 1 for hockey – a great sledding hill beside the rink is a pleasant addition. Be sure to drive by the Lion’s Festival of Lights on the way there or back. It’s northwest Calgary’s best Christmas light display! See updates from Rosemont Ice Guys. Sleds and strollers ok on the skating rink (but not on the hockey rink for your child’s safety!).
Address: 2807 10 St NW
Hours: Mid December until February, weather permitting. Please note that the rink is flooded every Monday and Thursday at 8 PM so you must stay off the ice Monday and Thursday nights!
6. Spruce Meadows: Go skating on a lovely pond with an island in the middle, warm up in the Founders Plaza with a hot coco and baked treat (5-8 pm), then enjoy the 2 km long Christmas lights drive (5-10 pm). For more information, visit Spruce Meadows’ Website.
Address: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW. Park in Lot 4 (Map).
Hours: December 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018 (weather permitting); 9 am – 10 pm daily (closed on Christmas Day). *Christmas lights are on from 5 pm – 10 pm.
Enjoy your time outdoors in the winter months and remember to bundle up and stay warm.