Lace up your skates! Some notable Metro Vancouver rinks are opening

As the calendar flips to December, it marks the opening of some notable outdoor skating rinks in Metro Vancouver.

The outdoor rink at Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver is now open to the public until Feb. 23, 2023.

The B.C. government says the rink attracts more than 100,000 people every season.

The provincially-run rink is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. It’s free to use if you bring your own skates, but you can also rent them for $5.

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Robson Square’s ice sheet has been a Vancouver staple for years, serving as the only public outdoor rink in the city. It was originally opened in 1982, then closed down for a time before reopening in 2009 ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Shipyard Commons

On the North Shore, a family favourite is also set to open. The Shipyard Commons outdoor skate plaza will open to the public on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.

Located on the waterfront at North Vancouver’s Shipyards, the plaza is touted as the region’s largest outdoor skating rink.

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It will be open daily from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of February or March, depending on the weather.

Skate rentals for the plaza are $7 for adults and $5 for children.

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