- 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.
- There are tons of spots to embrace this oh-so-Canadian activity around the city!
- Find out where to take part in this wintery exercise below!
If 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.
Let me tell you that skating will surely boost your morale and have you looking forward to the next snowfall (yes, really).
It'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.
We'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.
To 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.
Where: 5355 ave Clanranald
What: This big park is the perfect place to spend a sunny winter afternoon, with one rink for free skating and one for playing shinny.
Where: 6262 ave Fielding
What: 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.
Where: 4100 rue Provost
What: 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.
Where: Parc Lasalle (off Rue Victoria)
What: 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.
Where: On the corner of rue Sherbrooke and rue Fullum
What: 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.
Parc La Fontaine
Where: 3819 ave Calixa-Lavallée
What: 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.
Note that while the city website doesn't state that the rink is free, the park website makes clear that access is, indeed, free.
Where: Parc Jeanne-Mance (between Ave. du Parc and Ave. Esplanade)
What: 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!
Parc Sir Wilfrid-Laurier
Where: 5200 rue Brebeuf
What: 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.
Where: rue Pierre-Bédard
What: 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.
Where: 1651 rue Nicolet
What: This quaint little park in the east end has two ice rinks - double the fun!
Where: 3330 ave Laurier E.
What: This quiet park with a great view is an amazing place to try ice skating. There are two well-maintained ice rinks.
Where: 1602 rue de Bellechasse
What: 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.
Where: Parc Beaubien
What: 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.
Where: 800 rue Dorais
What: This small park has two outdoor skating rinks that remain well-maintained throughout the winter season.
Where: 2000 Chemin Remembrance; Beaver Lake
What: 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.
Where: Parc Walter-Stewart (off rue D'Iberville)
What: 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.
Where: 285 rue Gary-Carter
What: 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.
Where: 8000 Rue De Normanville
What: 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.
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