Montreal's Mont-Royal and Beaver Lake are considered some of the most famous and historic landmarks in the city.
TL;DR Last year, Beaver Lake skating rink was shut down due to an accident; the Plante Adminitration confirmed that it would be likely shut down forever due to potential danger. However, Montreal administrators are now looking for alternative spots around the mountain and Beaver Lake for new and improved skating rinks for the winter season.
Beaver Lake, in particular, occupies a special place in the hearts of Montrealers. Ithas been used as a free and communal outdoor skating rink for city residents and tourists since the 1930's.
A couple years back in 2012 the Beaver Lake basin was renovated. As a result, the water level became deeper in some parts – as much as 7 feet.
Because of the deeper waters and fluctuating tempratures due to global warming, the city deemed the lake no longer safe for ice skating in the winter.
Just this past January 2018, the Plante administration announced the closing of the Beaver Lake skating rink after two city trucks fell through the thawed ice.
At the time, Valérie Plante affirmed it was likely that the Beaver Lake skating rink would be closed not only for the rest of the winter, but for all winters to come.
Although there is a smaller skating rink right next to Beaver Lake, it's just not the same as skating on the lake itself.
Now, the city of Montreal is working to bring back the ice skating tradition to the heart of Mount Royal
According to a report by La Presse, Luc Ferrandez, the head of the major parks in Montreal, announced that the city is looking for alternative spots around the mountain and Beaver Lake for new and improved skating rinks for the winter season. He stated that "this is a historic activity we would like to keep."
Due to warmer temperatures, the city is looking into building new refrigerated rinks that will allow Montrealers to skate safely all winter long.
More Montreal news to come!