Montreal is synonymous with lots of things: beautiful women, great nightlife, amazing restaurants, bagels, poutine, and of course ice skating. Virtually every park in the city has an outdoor skating rink, but some of the best ice skating in Montreal has more than just some ice.
Best Ice Skating in Montreal
Whether you go alone or in a group, it’s a great way to exercise and spend some time outdoors. So here are the best places to ice skate in Montreal.
Ice skating is so popular, and has been for decades, that the city has over 150 skating rinks each winter!
Mount Royal Park Beaver Lake
Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake ice skating rink is one of the best places to skate in Montreal. It’s location is ideal, and although we can’t skate on the natural lake anymore, we can still skate on the refrigerated ice rink nearby, giving skaters a great atmosphere to glide to music. It’s right next to the Lac-aux-Castors Pavillon — a perfect place to warm up and enjoy a hot chocolate and other items on the menu.
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The Old Port of Montreal Ice Skating Rink (Vieux-Port)
There is nothing more magical for skaters than to skate at the Old Port of Montreal skating rink. Glide on the ice skating rink with views of the St. Lawrence River on side and as a backdrop, the lights of Old Montreal on the other. When it gets dark, the rink is lit up, the music is playing and people are having a blast.
During the holiday season, there are all kinds of fun activities and events, like Fire on Ice. Skate along with fireworks for a most Instagrammable experience. Or enjoy DJ on Ice or maybe sing while you skate during Karaoke on Ice!
When you need to warm up, head over to the Bistro Bonsecours to enjoy all kinds of treats.
Parc La Fontaine Ice Skating Rink
Park La Fontaine’s ice skating rink in the Plateau lets you skate on the outdoor pond, situated right in the heart of the huge park. Glide along the curved surface lined with trees aglow with lights makes skating even more magical. And even better, it’s free. But, there is a charge for skate rentals, if you don’t have your own.
Relax and warm up at Espace La Fontaine with their delicious hot chocolate and more!
For more info call: 514-872-0311
The Maisonneuve Park, with it’s impressive 63 hectares of green space boasts a lighted skating rink with a view of the Olympic Stadium and a chalet to warm up in or take a break.
Parc Jean-Drapeau – CBC Skate Trail
At the Jean-Drapeau park, skate the picturesque CBC Skate Trail along the shores of the St. Lawrence River and through the forest over 300 meters during the Fetes des Neiges much-anticipated winter event happening over 4 weekends in January.
Atrium Le 1000
Go skating inside Montreal’s most famous skyscraper, right in the heart of the city. Whatever the weather or season, the Atrium Le 1000 offers the best indoor skating rink around. There’s nothing they don’t have to make your skate memorable.