This Winter, Take an Open Air Spin on One of 8 City of Calgary Outdoor Skating Rinks

Olympic Plaza Outdoor Skating Rink, Calgary AB (Family Fun Canada)

Olympic Plaza Outdoor Rink. Photo by Amanda MacKay.

Outdoor skating is a highlight of winter for many Calgarians. In addition to Community Outdoor Skating Rinks all over the city, there are eight outdoor skating areas that are maintained by the City of Calgary and are free to use.

These rinks are weather-dependent, typically open mid-December through February, with the exception of the Olympic Plaza rink, which is a refrigerated surface and usually open mid-November to mid-March. The city-maintained ice surfaces are located at:

  • Big Marlborough Park (NE)
  • Bowness Park Lagoon (NW)
  • Carburn Park (SE)
  • Olympic Plaza (SE)
  • Prairie Winds Park
    North rink: pleasure skating only
    South rink: shinny hockey and pleasure skating
  • Prince’s Island Lagoon (SW)
  • Thomson Family Park  (SW)

For more information, including rink street addresses, rules, hours, and the current status of the rinks, please visit the city website through the link below. Please note that equipment rentals are not currently available at City of Calgary outdoor ice surfaces, except where noted.


Olympic Plaza Skating

The Olympic Plaza is an urban park and gathering place in downtown Calgary. It was originally built as the site for the 1988 Winter Olympics medal presentations and as a focal point for a wide range of cultural and social activities designed to enhance the Olympic experience. It is now a wonderful outdoor skating venue in the winter months and is the only outdoor refrigerated ice surface in Calgary. It is especially beautiful at night when the area is lit up by downtown city lights. Please note that hockey sticks, toboggans, sleds, & strollers are not permitted on the ice rink.

Where: Downtown Calgary
Address: 228 – 8 Ave SE, Calgary AB
Time: 10 am – 9 pm daily
Admission: Free

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