Welcome to the best part of winter, everyone. The temperature is just below zero, the sun is bright, and the ice is thick on Calgary ponds.
In Calgary, there are more than 100 outdoor rinks for you to choose from, many of them are run by local community associations. They are hockey boards on an asphalt surface that volunteers will soak and freeze once winter hits. That is your first best bet to find some outdoor ice in Calgary, it’s probably right around the corner.
The following outdoor skating rinks are maintained by The City:
Bowness Park Lagoon: – OPEN (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Carburn Park – OPEN (5a.m. – 11 p.m.)
Evergreen – small rink at Everoak Dr & Everridge Dr. S.W.
Olympic Plaza – OPEN (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Prairie Winds Park – OPEN (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Prince’s Island Lagoon – OPEN (5 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
There are numerous outdoor skating rinks that are in the communities and maintained by community volunteers. To see a list to the community rinks visit Calgary Outdoors Rinks and Arenas.
Rinks on open water are typically open from Mid-December through the end of February, with Olympic Plaza staying open until March. If you are going to skate on a pond, or waterway, familiarize yourself with ice safety before heading out.