Winter in Canada means hockey and skating. Luckily, there are tons of places to skate and play shinny around the city of Montreal. Our great city provides public rinks all around the metropolis for people to skate on. Some of the nicer ones you'll have to pay a fee to experience, but there are plenty of free public rinks you can hit up if you already have skates. These are the perfect places to take someone on a romantic date, play shinny with your bros, or just enjoy the Montreal winter.
If you live in the lower plateau, you need to hit this park up. Located on the corner of Rue Ontario East and Hotel de Ville, this is free outdoor rink tucked away in a brick housing complex. You better have your own skates because you can't rent here, but the city provides shovels to get rid of any snow and goals if you want to play shinny. When the ice melts, the boards are taken away and the area becomes a soccer pitch with an outdoor basketball court next to it.
If you go to McGill and don't want to deal with the tons of people that use the rink on lower field, hit up Parc Jeanne-Mance. There is a free public rink that you can organize a game of pond hockey with your bros. All that's provided is the rink, goals, and the boards so you better have your own skates and stick.
Beaver Lake (Lac des Castors)
This is the most beautiful place you can go ice skating in Montreal. Located on Mont Royal, Beaver Lake is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. Admission to the rink is free, and if you don't have skates, you can rent them for $7 and use a locker for $3. The only downside is that this rink can get packed on the weekends as it's a favorite for locals, but it's open until 9 p.m. every night of the week so go after class on a weekday.
This rink is located a bit further east than the other rinks mentioned, but Metro Frontenac is right next to the park for easy access. The free outdoor rink is located at the park near Rue d'Iberville and de Rouen. Although the rink isn't open quite yet, once conditions get better, the rink is open from 8 am to 11 pm. You can check up on rink conditions at the Official city portal for Montreal.
With great views of Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River, this is the perfect place to get out of the university bubble, de-stress, or take someone special. The outdoor rink provides rental skates, good music, and special lighting to add to your skating experience. This gem just opened up this past weekend and is now open 10 am to 10 pm Thursday to Sunday, and only costs $6 for adults, teens, and seniors.
Do you skate on these rinks in the winter? Did we miss your favorite ice skating rink? Let us know in the comments.
The city has unveiled a new all-seasons public square in downtown Montreal that will have spots to hang out, an ice skating rink in the winter, and even an "urban chalet" with restaurants and "creative spaces," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.
In a statement, the mayor said the new Esplanade Tranquille will be the "new flagship destination" of the Quartier des Spectacles.
"This project allows us to transform a heat island into a place of relaxation and entertainment for the entire population, which will allow Montreal and its downtown area to shine throughout the year, thanks to mobile facilities that meet the needs of Montreal families," the mayor said.
Located west of rue Clark between rues Sainte-Catherine and de Montigny, the 5,000-square-metre public square will be "transformed according to the seasons."
It will feature a green space and hangout spots during the summer. In the winter, the Esplanade Tranquille will turn into a winter wonderland complete with a huge refrigerated skating rink.
"This new multi-purpose space is a perfect complement to our existing infrastructures and will make it possible to meet the multiple uses of festivals and events and to offer Montrealers a new place to gather," Monique Simard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, added.
In what can only be described as the ultimate fine dining experience, Tampa Bay Lightning player and Montrealer Mathieu Joseph brought the Stanley Cup to Montréal-Nord this weekend and ate a giant poutine out of it.
Hockey's holy chalice has had many things in it from beer to a baptized baby but never poutine — at least as far as we can tell!
Now that’s fine dining. 🏆🤌
Perry, an unrestricted free agent, signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Lightning, the team he's lost against for the Stanley Cup in the last two seasons — one with the Habs at the end of June, and another as part of the Dallas Stars in 2020.
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