Frosty temperatures are flirting with the mild Vancouver climate this week as the area experiences another quick taste of winter. While puddles and ponds may freeze, the City is reminding everyone that icy surfaces will not be strong enough to support body-weight for skating.
Such was not always the case in these parts as deep freezes used to solidify watery surfaces from East Vancouver to Stanley Park.
While it’s tempting to partake in some pond hockey, there are pretty much two options in the region for “safe” skating alternatives outdoors:
Head over to the North Shore and take the gondola up Grouse Mountain. There you can enjoy several snowy activities including a skate on their 8,000 square foot outdoor rink. Your mountain admission, lift ticket or membership includes complimentary skating and rentals are available for $5-$8.
Robson Square opened its rink again this year and admission is free while skate rentals are $3. The rink is open for public skating Sunday to Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm and Friday to Saturday 9:00am until 11:00pm. It will remain open until the end of February, 2011. Call the Robson Square Hotline for more information (604) 646-3554.
Be safe during this cold snap and keep in mind those who do not have the means to bundle up. Warm clothing donation sites are still open this month.