Top 10 of the Best Skating Rinks in Quebec
It’s officially winter! Have you already had the chance to put on your skates? The holiday season is the perfect moment to organize an outdoor outing. Here is our list of the best skating rinks in Quebec. Don't forget to check the weather and the ice conditions to avoid unpleasant surprises. Ready, skate!
1- Old Port (Montreal)
Located near Saint-Laurent River, the Old Port's skating rink is known for its festive atmosphere with its thematic evenings and its music. Difficult not to fall under the spell of the Old Port under the snow! Good to know, the skate rink is open every day of the week, until March!
Photo Credit: Tourisme Montréal
2- Beaver Lake (Mont-Royal)
Enjoy Mount Royal’s tranquility, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Montreal, while skating on the frozen Beaver Lake. Every weekend, the skating rink offers different musical themes going from rock to disco. After your skating session, admire the splendid view of the city from the top of the observatory!
Photo credit: www.lemontroyal.qc.ca
3- Centre de la nature (Laval)
Have fun on the 18,500 m2 ice rink on the huge frozen lake at Laval's Centre de la nature. The site also offers an ice rink reserved for hockey of a size approaching the one of the NHL. You can also rent skates or have yours sharpened for a low price.
Photo credit: www.vraiment.ca
4- Île-Saint-Quentin (Trois-Rivières)
You will be charmed by the 2.5 kilometers of frozen trails of the Île-Saint-Quentin skating rink beside the Saint-Laurent River. Located in the heart of Trois-Rivières, this beautiful hidden gem offers a multitude of winter activities to do with family or friends. Do not forget to warm up at the central fireplace after your skating!
Photo credit: Tourisme Trois-Rivières
5- Domaine enchanteur (Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel)
Immerse yourself in an enchanting universe by skating on Domaine enchanteur’s trails in the middle of the forest located near Shawinigan. Go to the cottage and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate after your activity.
Photo credit: www.domaineenchanteur.com
6- Chambly Canal (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
Enjoy Montérégie’s fresh air by skating on the Chambly Canal near Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Located between Bourgogne Avenue and Lock # 4, the ice rink is open until mid-March, every day of the week. Everyone will love to skate on this 400-meter stretch.
Photo credit: www.ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca
7- Lac Rond (Sainte-Adèle)
Imagine a beautiful, peaceful lake surrounded by mountains. You will certainly fall in love with the Laurentians by skating on Lac Rond, located in Sainte-Adèle. Skating makes you hungry? Enjoy Nämos restaurant’s specialties. You will be charmed by the warm musical atmosphere.
8- L'Assomption River
When Lanaudière is covered with snow, L'Assomption River became a 4.5 km long skating rink. It’s also the longest skating rink on a river throughout Quebec! Also take the opportunity to attend the Festi-Glace, held in February on the river and offering all kinds of activities.
Photo credit: Tourisme Joliette
9- Lake Memphrémagog (Magog)
Skate on Memphremagog Lake’s shores on the 2.5-kilometer ice rink at Parc de la Baie-de-Magog. You can also admire Mount Orford and the beauty of the Eastern Townships under the snow.
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10- Rideau Canal (Ottawa)
We are a bit cheating because Ottawa is not technically in the province of Quebec. However, it is impossible not to mention Rideau Canal’s skate rink, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being one of the largest skating rinks in the world, the 7.8-kilometer trails allow you to see downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake.
Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism