Outdoor skating is a highlight of winter for many Calgarians. In addition to Community Outdoor Skating Rinks all over the city, multiple outdoor skating areas are maintained by the City of Calgary and are free to use.
These rinks are weather-dependent, typically open mid-December through February, except for the Olympic Plaza rink, which is a refrigerated surface and is usually open from mid-November to mid-March. The city-maintained ice surfaces are located at:
- Barb Scott Park (SW)
- Big Marlborough Park (NE)
- Bowness Park Lagoon (NW) (Check out Crokicurl, the Ice Trail or rent an Ice Bike!)
- Carburn Park (SE)
- North Glenmore Park and Ice Trail (SW)
- 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)
- West Confederation Park (NW)
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