Guide to Vancouver Area Rinks and Ice Skating

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

When I head out the door to make my trek to work these days I immediately take in the fresh fall air then exhale, making ghosts with my breath. It’s November – ALREADY and nothing says “winter activity” like hitting the local ice rink.

Due to the recent civic strike that spanned summer and parts of fall, rinks haven’t been opened on time but they’re gradually getting back up to speed and I personally cannot wait til the Twonie Skate at the WECC kicks off.

Here’s a list of Vancouver Parks Board-operated ice rinks:

  • 1 – Britannia: OPEN
  • 2 – Kerrisdale: OPEN
  • 3 – Killarney: Closed for construction and expected to re-open in January 2009
  • 4 – Kitsilano: OPEN
  • 5 – Riley Park: To Open this Month
  • 6 – Sunset: To Open this Month
  • 7 – Trout Lake: Scheduled to close for construction in late Summer 2007, expected to re-open in Summer 2009
  • 8 – West End: To Open this Month
  • Skating times can be referenced on this PDF.

    Ice skating is definitely a low-dough activity with public skate times available at all hours during the week and on weekends. If you check the schedule there are also a few FREE sessions throughout December, including free skating at the WECC on Christmas Day.

    Not sure when the Robson Square Ice Rink will reopen, although it’s slated to prior to the 2010 Olympics. There’s also the pond on Grouse Mountain (albeit not in Vancouver), which is now open and has some excellent views of the city.

    Update 2010 Trout Lake Rink is open and you can find a full schedule online. View all current 2010-2011 schedules here.

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    1. Duane StoreyTuesday, November 6th, 2007 — 9:44am PST

      I so rule at cheap ice skating.

    2. darrenFriday, November 9th, 2007 — 12:55pm PST

      Too bad that UBC shut down…it was great while it lasted. What’s the deal, anyway? I think it was Olympic-related, but I could be wrong.

    3. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Christmas in Vancouver: The Peak of Christmas on Grouse MountainThursday, November 22nd, 2007 — 5:01am PST

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    4. Kaare LongSaturday, September 20th, 2008 — 10:18am PDT

      FREE SKATE! October 11 11am-1pm WECC

      Canada Ice Dance Theatre ( CIDT ) is a non-profit organization that teaches children and adults to skate.

      CIDT was founded to advance skating as an artistic dance form, our style of education on the ice is different from traditional skating classes – CIDT focuses on artistic performance in competitive skating and offers instruction and performance opportunities leading to improved artistry, performance and skating skills. We’ve been providing this service to the public at the West End Community Centre in the Downtown Vancouver area for many years now and literally hundreds of children and adults have taken part in this healthful and artistic activity. We have experienced a very successful year in our various programs in education and performance and we are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

      On Saturday October 11, 2008 we are inviting everyone to a special Open House at the West End Ice Rink, 870 Denman Street Vancouver, BC; from 11:00 am- 1:00pm for a free skating session, refreshments, school registration and AGM.
      – Skate rentals will be available-

      Come and play on the ice, receive free instruction, enjoy warm cocoa and cookies, and perhaps sign up for some classes to begin your artistic skating exploration!

      For further information and fall schedule please contact CIDT

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    6. Jason VSaturday, January 10th, 2009 — 10:19pm PST

      I’m wondering now where you can rent (and remove from premises) ice skates in Vancouver, now that the Richmond oval has opened. Maybe you can’t really do that sort of thing. Perhaps Craigslist is the best alternative to quickly source some skates…

    7. Jason VMonday, January 19th, 2009 — 6:14am PST

      N.B. silly me… you can actually rent skates from the Richmond Oval for just $3! says so on their website!

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