Free skating at Robson Square Ice Rink officially returns next month

Nov 7 2018, 1:22 am

The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is slated to reopen on December 1 for the 2018 and 2019 season, and as per tradition, skating is free for all ages.

Wedged under the covered outdoor plaza at Robson Square, the rink is operated seasonally by the government when temperatures begin to dip.

This will be the rink’s ninth consecutive winter season after it reopened in late November 2009 following a $2-million repair and upgrade, funded partially by General Electric, in time for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to the renovation, the rink was closed for nearly a decade.


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Skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site, for a fee.

An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

Since the reopening, the free ice rink at Robson Square has quickly become one of Vancouver’s most popular winter activities. Head to the rink and get into the holiday spirit!

Robson Square Ice Rink 2018

Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)

When: Daily from December 1, 2018, to February 28, 2019

Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm – Holiday hours vary

Cost: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time)

Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only

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