Places to go Ice Skating in Calgary

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Best Ice Skating in Calgary 

There is no lack of places to go skating in Calgary, thats for sure. Every Calgarian seems to have a favourite skating location followed by some hot chocolate. Even though we all have out go to ODR, its always fun to explore new rinks and hidden gems in the city. Here is a list of some of the best places to go skating in and out of the city this winter.

Olympic Plaza 

The amazing downtown Olympic Plaza is home to a small but beautiful skating rink. Olympic Plaza rests at the heart of downtown Calgary and provides skaters with a gorgeous view of skyline-defining buildings. The rink is also decorated with beautiful holiday decorations which creates an even more festive skate. 

Address: 228 8th Avenue SE

Princess Island Park

Bring your own skates to this free ice rink. Skate during the day or come at night and admire the lights all around the rink. After your skate, head into Eau Claire and enjoy some food and drinks at one of the restaurants in the area.

Address: 228 8th Avenue SE

Bowness Park 

Bowness Park is a popular leisure spot for Calgarians with a lagoon open year round. Head down to Bowness Park and enjoy skating from December 25 through February 15. Skate rentals are available for $10 per day, and helmet rentals are free of charge. 

Address: 228 8th Avenue SE

Big Marlborough Park

Featuring walking paths, two large parking lots, a toboggan hill, Big Marlborough Park is a fantastic place for outdoor skating. The skating rink itself even features bleachers as well as a fire ring, perfect for taking a break from the ice. Skate rentals aren’t available, but it’s close to Memorial Drive East and the Trans-Canada, making the park easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city.

Address: 6033 Madigan Drive NE

Carburn Park

Carburn Park is another great spot in the city that is open all year and is ideal for outdoor activities year round. Unfortunately, there’s no skate rental available here, so you will have to bring your own. Out on this side of the city you get the the glow of downtown in the distance and the starry expanse above you, is as relaxing as it is beautiful.

Address: 67 Riverview Drive SE

Just Outside the City

Looking to escape the city for the weekend? Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis all have beautiful ponds surrounded by the mountains and great views. Head out to one of the amazing ponds with your skates, then head into the town after for a quick Christmas drink to warm up! Here are some note worthy ponds you need to check out! 

Lake Louise 

This magical rink is worth the drive. Maintenance crew at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise clear the ice daily and have set up flood lights that are on until 11PM, so you can enjoy a skate under the stars. There is also an ice castle made out of huge blocks of ice set up on the rink. Skate rentals are available from Chateau Mountain Sports or Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise.

Address: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise AB

Canmore Skating Pond

Not far from Cougar Creek, the Canmore Skating Pond is a perfect place for those looking for a quieter skating scene, as hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed. A gorgeous location with mountain views, a skate here is a great way to finish up a day in the mountains. The rink is lit for night skating until 10 p.m. and there are heated gazebos. Rentals are available at Gear Up Sport in Canmore. Perfect way to end a winter adventure in the mountains. 

Address: 7th Avenue and Mallard Alley, Canmore AB

Get out and Play

Enjoy time on the rinks in Calgary with your friends and loved ones. After you are done on the rinks, be sure to head to a coffee shop and grab yourself a drink to warm up. Looking for what else is going in in Calgary? Check out the activities calendar here. 

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