Winter activities tend to be a little hard on the wallet, so we're here to fill you in on where you can skate for free in Montreal.\nThere are tons of spots to embrace this oh-so-Canadian activity around the city!\nFind out where to take part in this wintery exercise below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIf you live in Montreal and you don't like winter, you're out of luck. Not liking winter in Montreal means being miserable for at least 6 months out of the year. I get it, though. Enjoying all that winter has to offer does not come naturally to everyone. But one of the best tips I can offer to get through the long, sluggish months is to pick an outdoor activity and practice it as much as possible! This advice is what led me to make a list of where you skate for free in Montreal.\nLet me tell you that skating will surely boost your morale and have you looking forward to the next snowfall (yes, really).\nIt's relatively easy to learn, fun, and requires minimal gear. Plus, it's really easy to find a skating rink close to home. All boroughs in Montreal maintain at least a few ice rinks throughout the winter, so residents can play hockey, speed by, or wobble on the ice all winter long.\nWe've organized this list by borough so you can easily find the rink closest to you. Note that this list is not exhaustive. Rather, it serves as a quick reference for some of the best or most picturesque rinks in the city.\nTo find more ice rinks, and check their opening hours and ice conditions, you can head to the city's website here! Be sure to always check if a rink is open and safe before heading out.\nNDG-CDN\nParc MacDonald\nWhere: 5355 ave Clanranald\nView this post on Instagram Shortest day ☀️of the year 😎 Go ahead and get some fresh ❄️air. P.S. Bundle up 🧣🧤if in Montreal 🇨🇦 . . . . . . #winter #december #solstice #day #outdoors #park #fresh #air #freshair #outdoor #outside #nature #trees #snow #move #wellness #feelgood #season #walk #montreal #bluesky #leaves #daylight #eastcoast # #neighborhood #love #joy A post shared by Karen Landriau (@karenlandriau) on Dec 21, 2017 at 11:19am PST\nWhat: This big park is the perfect place to spend a sunny winter afternoon, with one rink for free skating and one for playing shinny.\nParc Confédération\nWhere: 6262 ave Fielding\nView this post on Instagram Too many men on the ice! #canada #hockey #habs A post shared by Mark Bergman (@markbergmanmtl) on Dec 26, 2016 at 7:46am PST\nWhat: The adorable patinoire Bleu-Blanc-Bouge in NDG is one of several ice rinks donated by the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. Wear your jersey and show local pride here.\nLachine\nParc Carignan\nWhere: 4100 rue Provost\nView this post on Instagram And the game is on ! A post shared by Pierre Racine (@pierracine) on Jan 21, 2017 at 6:15am PST\nWhat: This large green space is a great place to play tennis in the summer, but it transforms into a winter wonderland with the addition of two outdoor ice rinks.\nParc LaSalle\nWhere: Parc Lasalle (off Rue Victoria)\nView this post on Instagram Cet endroit 🙌🏻🌲❄#winterwonderland A post shared by ∙ S a b r i n a ∙ ∞ (@sabrinass____) on Jan 20, 2017 at 7:40am PST\nWhat: This huge park in the west end of the city has two ice rinks, walking trails, and a little cottage you can cozy up in after a long day outside.\nPlateau Mont-Royal\nParc Baldwin\nWhere: On the corner of rue Sherbrooke and rue Fullum\nView this post on Instagram A little hockey after school. Boom. Life rules. A post shared by Sebastian Brancaleone (@seabass_barcelona) on Jan 13, 2015 at 11:58am PST\nWhat: This cute little parc in the east of the Plateau boasts a modest little ice rink that's great for a quick game of hockey.\nParc La Fontaine\nWhere: 3819 ave Calixa-Lavallée\nView this post on Instagram #canada #montreal #snow #lac #parclafontaine #winter #pvtcanada #gel #night #patin A post shared by @ geogeo02 on Dec 27, 2019 at 8:41am PST\nWhat: This popular large park has one of the most beautiful natural ice rinks in the city. Once there, you can rent skates and skate along one of three ice rinks.\nNote that while the city website doesn't state that the rink is free, the park website makes clear that access is, indeed, free.\nParc Jeanne-Mance\nWhere: Parc Jeanne-Mance (between Ave. du Parc and Ave. Esplanade)\nView this post on Instagram Première game de hockey de la saison et en deux ans criss que c est bon :) A post shared by Valentin (@valbzh56) on Jan 7, 2016 at 11:28pm PST\nWhat: This spot is well-known for being a great place to picnic in the summer, but it's also the perfect place to play a quick game of hockey after work or on weekends!\nParc Sir Wilfrid-Laurier\nWhere: 5200 rue Brebeuf\nView this post on Instagram Hockey❄️#colorfilmphotography #winter #hockey #montreal A post shared by margot (@margs555) on Apr 7, 2019 at 7:48am PDT\nWhat: This beautiful park in the Plateau has three huge ice rinks. It's the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a group of friends.\nMercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve\nParc Pierre-Bédard\nWhere: rue Pierre-Bédard\nView this post on Instagram Une marche sous la neige, aïlle que ça fait du bien ❄️ . . . . . . . #montreal #quebec #cinqcentquatorze #mtlblog #mtlmoments #sky #skyporn #quebecoriginal #quebecenphotos #vsco #vscocam #vscogood #photooftheday #igers #picoftheday #instasize #iphone #iphonography #iphoneonly #iphonesia #photowall #tagsforlikes #instabest #instagood #instadaily #followme #igdaily #tagsforglikesapp #neige #hiver A post shared by ALESSIO (@puccimtl) on Feb 10, 2018 at 2:57pm PST\nWhat: This park has three beautiful ice rinks: two for plain old ice skating, and one for playing hockey. There's also a cozy little cabin so you can change into your skates without freezing.\nParc Saint-Aloysius\nWhere: 1651 rue Nicolet\nView this post on Instagram Il neige sur #hochelaga A post shared by Erick Marshall (@erickmarshall) on Dec 12, 2016 at 5:35am PST\nWhat: This quaint little park in the east end has two ice rinks - double the fun!\nRosemont La-Petite-Prairie\nParc Lafond\nWhere: 3330 ave Laurier E.\nView this post on Instagram L’hiver à Montréal Winter in Montreal #montreal #montréal #winter #hiver #rosemont #rosemontpetitepatrie #parclafond #stadeolympique #stadeolympiquedemontréal #coucherdesoleil #sunset #bigo #olympicstadium #hiveramontreal #hiveràmontréal #winterinmontreal A post shared by Olivier Dauphin-Daffe (@oddaffe) on Jan 2, 2020 at 2:40pm PST\nWhat: This quiet park with a great view is an amazing place to try ice skating. There are two well-maintained ice rinks.\nParc Père-Marquette\nWhere: 1602 rue de Bellechasse\nView this post on Instagram L'hiver à Montréal, où le bonheur de patiner n'importe où n'importe quand ⛸❄️ #winter #igersmtl #wintermtl #iceskating #livemontreal #mtlblog #mtlmoments #igersquebec #rosemont #peremarquette A post shared by Margot T. (@margot_tham) on Jan 26, 2016 at 9:32am PST\nWhat: This spacious park is a great place for a picnic in the summer, but it's an equally great place to make the most of the winter season on one of two ice rinks.\nParc Beaubien\nWhere: Parc Beaubien\nView this post on Instagram Se ressourcer. #patinercafaitdubien A post shared by 💛->🏍 (@nat._.lab) on Jan 26, 2019 at 12:01pm PST\nWhat: This beautiful park in Outremont has two ice rinks that are regularly watered. This quiet, scenic park is one of the most beautiful in the neighbourhood, and a wonderful place to spend the day.\nVille Saint-Laurent\nParc Chamberland\nWhere: 800 rue Dorais\nView this post on Instagram Winter is cold but pretty A post shared by vic🌌 (@vxc_photos) on Feb 12, 2018 at 3:52pm PST\nWhat: This small park has two outdoor skating rinks that remain well-maintained throughout the winter season.\nVille-Marie\nLac-aux-Castors\nWhere: 2000 Chemin Remembrance; Beaver Lake\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Happy Urban Family (@happy_urban_family) on Dec 28, 2019 at 9:09am PST\nWhat: This beloved lake at the top of Mont-Royal is a popular spot to gather all year round. Ice skate on the man-made lake, and then warm up in the cottage with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.\nParc Walter-Stewart\nWhere: Parc Walter-Stewart (off rue D'Iberville)\nView this post on Instagram #rink, check #steeples, check half dozen #Habs jerseys, check. #Montreal en hiver A post shared by DJR (@djr_snaps) on Jan 25, 2015 at 12:27pm PST\nWhat: This small park is one of the few places where you can skate for free near the downtown core. Bring your skates to work and enjoy a winter afternoon on the ice after a long day.\nVilleray-St-Michel-Parc-Ex\nParc Jarry\nWhere: 285 rue Gary-Carter\nView this post on Instagram The storm is coming but get your skate in first 😍 #montreal #mtl #mtlmoments #montrealjetaime #snow #snowyday #snowday #snowstorm #quebec #canada #skating #hockey #hockeyrink #streetphotography #shotoniphone #nightmodechallenge A post shared by Karene Isabelle (@kareneisabelle) on Jan 18, 2020 at 6:04pm PST\nWhat: This massive park in the city's north end is a great place to hang out on a nice winter day. Reward yourself for your efforts on the ice with a big plate of pasta at one of the many restaurants in nearby Little Italy.\nParc Villeray\nWhere: 8000 Rue De Normanville\nView this post on Instagram #silhouette #sunset #sky #park #streetphotography #montreal #quebec #mtl #mtllife #mtlblog #mtlblognews #mtlprodigies #montréal #514 #mybestcityshots #livemontreal #dailyhivemtl #cbcmtl A post shared by Post Apocalyptic Montreal (@postapocalypticmontreal) on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:52pm PST\nWhat: This large park in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough boasts two ice rinks. There's also a little chalet where you can change into your skates and warm up on a cold day.\nNow that you've found the ice rink nearest you, bundle up and get out there! And, when you're all ice-skated out, try warming up with a big bowl of ramen or some decadent hot chocolate.\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.