Skating is a big part of the winter fun available for Calgarians and it’s often free or very affordable too! Not sure where to go? Keep reading to find out where to skate in Calgary!
Please note the COVID has changed many things and it’s a constantly changing environment, so be sure to check ahead.
Many communities in Calgary have their own outdoor skating rink, often maintained by volunteers. If you don’t stumble across a rink on your travels about the city, the Calgary Area website has a comprehensive list of communities but you will need to click each community name (and usually need to then click on the link to the community’s webpage) to confirm their skating rink details. Click here for a list of community associations. Please note, some of the communities listed may only allow members of their community to access their rinks or lakes. Double-check before you head out so you don’t run into any surprises!
Adopt-a-Rink is a winter volunteer program through which volunteers help flood and maintain existing community pleasure skating rinks throughout Calgary. There are over 50 rinks currently enrolled in the program in Calgary. These rinks are for pleasure use only; hockey equipment is not allowed. To see the list of rinks and get more information on the program, click here.
In addition to the Community Rinks, there are several 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) (Check out the new Ice Trail or rent an Ice Bike!)
- Carburn Park (SE)
- Glenmore 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)
For more information, including rink street addresses, rules, hours, and the current status of the rinks, please visit the city website. Please note that equipment rentals are not currently available at City of Calgary outdoor ice surfaces, except where noted on the website.
For those days when it’s too warm or too cold to skate outside, there are also a number of indoor arenas in Calgary with public skating. The City of Calgary runs several of these arenas and they sometimes have free skating on long weekends in the fall and winter. But there are lots of community-run indoor arenas, as well, so do a search for your area. You can get started with this Arena Guide, but some of the locations on this map are outdoor.
You can also access public skating at the Olympic Oval and they often offer Toonie Skate Mondays, where you can skate the Olympic Oval from 6 to 8 pm every Monday evening for just a toonie. Be sure to check ahead about these dates, as there are black-out dates.
Happy skating, Calgary!