Skating Rinks

To find out if an ice rink is open or not, check the Info-Rinks section.

Updates are posted every morning; however, if conditions change significantly during the day, a second update may be published later.

Please note that our teams are preparing the rinks to make them usable as soon as the weather permits.

 

Rules and Safety Instructions

In order to enjoy the rinks in a pleasant atmosphere and keep them in good condition, all users must comply with the following instructions:

  • The established schedules must be respected
  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs, cigarettes and vapers are prohibited on all rinks, in parks and within 9 meters of park entrances
  • The practice of hockey must be done only on the rinks with boards
  • Helmets are mandatory for children under 13 years old. It is also recommended to wear other protective equipment such as visor, neck protector and gloves.

The supervisor has the authority to enforce these rules. It may require the immediate departure of a person in case of failure to one of them.

 

Outdoor skating rinks

Centre Harpell : 60, Saint-Pierre street

The parc Harpell skating rink is currently closed.

4 Seasons Rink : 300 Cypihot Street

Schedule : Open year round, 7 days/week, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.*

*Exceptions may be made during periods of freezing and thawing of the ice surface.

 

Peter Williamson Cottage : 300 Cypihot Street

Closed for the moment. Scheduled to open as soon as the rink is passable.

ICE RING

Chalet Famille de Chantal : 210, Sainte-Anne Street

Regular schedule : Godin Park skating rink is currently closed.

 

Preparing an Outdoor Skating Rink

Weather Conditions

  • A layer of snow must line the ground
  • The outside temperature should be at most -8 °C during the day and be below -15 °C at night
  • This temperature must be maintained for at least 5 consecutive days

Main steps

  • Installing borders or strips
  • Preparation of a 5 cm thick compacted snow base
  • Hardening period
  • Watering and surface work
  • Repetition of the watering operations until reaching an ice thickness of about 10 cm
  • Repairing cracks caused by temperature variation

Following the watering step, it is important to wait for the surface to freeze properly before skating. It is important not to venture into rinks before they are ready, as the weight of the individuals on the forming ice could affect the condition of the ice surface.

Climate change has a significant impact on the possibility of practicing this activity. Frequent and significant variations in weather conditions and reduced frost period affect the quality of the ice and often completely prevent preparation. Our teams make sure to prepare the ice rinks ice rinks so that they are operational as soon as the weather allows.

 

Indoor Skating Rink

Address: 21111 Lakeshore Rd. (Macdonald Campus)
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