This year, I’m hoping for a winter of steady below-freezing temperatures. Because we want to skate. A lot!
And we’re not the only ones. With the Omicron variant hitting us hard, outdoor fun is once again the name of the game. From city rinks and ovals, to neighbourhood-tended ice trails, Montreal’s outdoor skating spaces may prove to be one of this winter’s most sought-after destinations.
Refrigerated rinks on the rise
The city counts more than 200 skating rinks and ice rings in its 19 boroughs, as well as the refrigerated rink beside Beaver Lake in Mount-Royal park and one at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Ste. Hélène (in December 2021, the park added a refrigerated skating trail).
And thankfully, the Old Port reopened its picturesque Bonsecours Basin skating rink this season after a year’s hiatus.
Finding a rink close to home
Find your local rink by accessing your borough’s page on the montreal.ca website. Each borough is listed at the bottom of the main page.
And to avoid disappointed kids, make sure to check rink conditions through montreal.ca (use search word “rinks”). You can also call your borough by dialing 311.
Montreal’s 15 demerged cities may have their own reservation system or regulations that differ from the City of Montreal. Check out each of their websites for rink locations, and follow social media for the most up-to-date information.
Now all we have to do is wait for the temperature to drop, do some light stretching to warm up those tired muscles, and hit the ice.
For tips on making your own backyard rink, click here.