Ice Skating in Edmonton- The Best Edmonton Outdoor Skating Rinks

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Once freezing temperatures descend on Edmonton, the city constructs several outdoor skating rinks in parks and public spaces. With so many places to go skating in Edmonton, from picturesque river valley parks to community league rinks, it’s no wonder ice skating is one of the top winter activities in Edmonton.

The Rundle Park Iceway, an outdoor skating rink in Edmonton.
Rundle Park Iceway

Whether you’re heading out on a date night, looking to spend quality time with family and friends, or just wanting to get some exercise in the crisp winter air, ice skating at one of the outdoor rinks in Edmonton is a fun and free way to take in the beauty of winter.

Couple holding hand while skating in Edmonton at City Hall.
Credit: Explore Edmonton

Ice Skating in Edmonton- The Best Edmonton Outdoor Skating Rinks

From ponds and ovals to winding ice trails, here are some of the best outdoor rinks in Edmonton to go skating this winter.

People skating on the Rundle Park Iceway.
Rundle Park Iceway

Hawrelak Park

One of the largest and most popular ice rinks for outdoor skating in Edmonton can be found in Hawrelak Park. 

Each winter when Hawrelak Lake is cleared of snow, it becomes an icy wonderland where skaters can glide and twirl in the scenic river valley. Here you can choose to skate long laps along the perimeter of the lake, or take shorter spins around the island at the north end. 

People skating at Hawrelak Park.

The pavilion next to the rink is an ideal spot to take a break since you can buy hot drinks and meals at the concession. You can even rent skates at the pavilion if you don’t have your own.

The skating rink at Hawrelak Park.

Most years the city also builds an additional skating rink in the field across from picnic shelter #2 for some extra space to go skating in Hawrelak Park.

Address: 9930 Groat Road

Ice/Pavilion Hours: 9:00 am- 10:00 pm

Skate Rentals: Yes

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is another popular place to go ice skating in Edmonton since it’s centrally located in the river valley.

Victoria Park skating rink and pavilion.

The park has two connected ice surfaces- an oval rink for skating laps and an iceway/path for skating through a treed area of the park.

Skaters on the Victoria Park skating oval.
Skaters on the Victoria Park Iceway at night.

The Victoria Park Iceway is especially enjoyable at night when a pattern of shapes and colours is projected onto the ice surface. Even though the illumination only covers a small part of the iceway, it still creates a wonderfully unique atmosphere you don’t get at other outdoor rinks in Edmonton.

Colours and shapes illuminating the Victoria Park Iceway at night.

The pavilion located beside the skating oval is a warm place to lace up your skates and sit and rest while watching skaters go round and round. There are also lockers, a filtered water bottle fillup station, and washrooms.

Address: 12030 River Valley Road

Ice/Pavilion Hours: 9:00 am- 10:00 pm

Skate Rentals: No

Alberta Legislature Grounds 

Another great option for skating in Edmonton’s river valley can be found on the Alberta Legislature grounds.

The rink is located by the lawn bowling field behind the Legislature Building and is perfect for enjoying the property’s big trees and beautiful open spaces. As you skate around the frosty field you also can admire the Legislature’s distinctive dome.

The Alberta Legislature grounds skating rink.

During the Christmas season the grounds shine brightly when decorated with thousands of colourful lights. A walk around the front of the Legislature Building, where the main Christmas light display is, makes a fantastic addition to your evening skate.

Address: 10800- 97 Ave (rink is accessed via Fortway Drive)

Ice Hours: 10:00 am- 10:00 pm

Skate Rentals: No

City Hall 

The river valley isn’t the only place you’ll find delightful outdoor skating rinks in Edmonton, there’s also one downtown in front of City Hall.

At the City Hall outdoor ice rink you can skate in the glow of big city lights, taking in an urban atmosphere rather than a more natural setting.

Outdoor skating rink at Edmonton City Hall.
Credit: Explore Edmonton

Even though this rink is smaller than other outdoor rinks in Edmonton, what it lacks in size it makes up for in festive spirit when the huge Christmas Tree is on display in Churchill Square. 

Address: 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Skate Rentals: No

Rundle Park

Rundle Park is one of the most enjoyable places to go skating in Edmonton thanks to its variety of ice surfaces, beautiful setting, and the fact that there are fewer crowds compared to other outdoor rinks in Edmonton.

People skating in Rundle Park.

The biggest draw is the iceway, a 2 km trail that leads skaters through a treed area of the park. Since the iceway passes by several picnic sites with wood burning stoves, you can easily warm up around a fire or even cook a meal during skating breaks. The iceway is lit up at night, so you can safely skate after dark.

Rundle Park Iceway.
Skating in Edmonton at the Rundle Park Iceway.

Rundle Park also has some additional skating areas that are connected to the iceway, including a large rink where you can play a game of shinny.

The Rundle Park skating rink and iceway is located near the Rundle Family Centre. There’s an area where you can change your skates next to the building.

Address: 2909- 113 Ave

Ice Hours: 10:00 am- 10:00 pm

Skate Rentals: No

More Places to Go Outdoor Skating in Edmonton

Some other places to go outdoor skating in Edmonton that you may want to check out are Jackie Parker Park, Castle Downs Park, and The Meadows Community Recreation Centre. There even is a small skating rink in ICE District Plaza downtown, but it’s sometimes closed for special events.

The Ice District Skating Rink at night.
Ice District Skating Rink in Ice District Plaza

Edmonton also has over 100 community skating rinks that are maintained by community league volunteers. To see if there’s a community rink near you, use this facility map on the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues’ website to search. You will need to purchase a community league membership to use most of these rinks.

Skating trail in Edmonton at Rundle Park.

Review of Outdoor Ice Skating in Edmonton

For a city that spends a good portion of the year in the depths of winter, it’s great that so many outdoor skating rinks are available to help pass the time during Edmonton’s longest season. 

People skating in Edmonton on the pond in Hawrelak Park.
Credit: Explore Edmonton

Skating in Edmonton is fun, affordable, and you don’t have to travel long distances to find a rink. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and you don’t have to own a pair of skates to participate, thanks to rentals being available at Hawrelak Park (although, it would be better if more outdoor rinks in Edmonton rented skates).

Rundle Park Iceway.

Another nice thing about the skating rinks in Edmonton is that they are illuminated at night, sometimes in festive ways, so the fun can continue after dark.

Colours and shapes illuminating the Victoria Park Iceway at night.
Victoria Park Iceway

Tips for Using Outdoor Rinks in Edmonton

Skating Season: Outdoor skating rinks can’t be built until there’s a stretch of cold weather with temperatures below freezing. This can vary from year to year and some rinks may open earlier than others. The skating season ends whenever temperatures become too warm to keep a firm, smooth ice surface. Typically, you should be able to go outdoor skating in Edmonton from December to March.

Ice Conditions: Since ice conditions vary during the season, it’s best to check the current status online before you leave the house. For outdoor rinks maintained by the City of Edmonton, use this facility notifications page to check ice conditions and whether facilities are open or closed.

Information was correct at the time of publishing but can change without notice. Please confirm directly with service providers.

Skating trail in Rundle Park.

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