9 free or low-cost places to skate with your family


It seems that every winter we flock to the Robson Square Ice Rink.

Ever since its debut, it’s become a landmark in Vancouver, and rightfully so. Not only is it located in a great spot with holiday cheer, but admission is free. It’s truly a beautiful place where Vancouverites come together.

We all have our favourite spots, but sometimes we want to try something new…because why not? Skating at various ice rinks can be advantageous for families especially since they’ll generally have additional space for helping out their kids.

To help point them in the right direction, we’ve compiled this list of family-friendly ice rinks you can visit during the holidays – not just in Vancouver, but beyond. Many of these experiences cost you only a loonie or a toonie, while others are free.

Kerrisdale Community Centre Rink

Where: 5851 West Blvd
When: This Sunday, 5:30 to 7 pm
Price: Free

Langley Sportsplex

Image: Langley Sportsplex

Skate with Santa!
Where: 20165 91a Ave
When: December 17, 1 to 3 pm
Price: Free

Port Moody Arena

Where: 300 Ioco Rd
When: December 19, 1 to 2:30 pm
Price: Free

Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex

Where: 2150 Wilson Ave
When: December 22, 1:30 to 3:45
Price: Toonie

Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Bill Copeland Sports Centre/Facebook

Where: 3676 Kensington Avenue
When: December 23, 12:30 to 3 pm
Price: Toonie

Pitt Meadows Arena

It’s going to be Winter Wonderland themed.
Where: 11435 Bonson Road
When: December 22 and 23 – find times online
Price: Toonie

Chilliwack Twin Rinks Arena

There will also be games and prizes!
Where: 5725 Tyson Road
When: December 24, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Price: Loonie

Britannia Rink

Where: 1661 Parker Street
When: Skate for free on Boxing Day from 1 to 3:30 pm
Price: Free

Richmond Olympic Oval

Richmond Olympic Oval Ice Rink/Shutterstock

Where: 6111 River Road
When: January 1 from 11 am to 3 pm
Price: Bring non-perishable items and skate for free

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Brenna is a small town transplant and a Senior Writer for Vancouver is Awesome. She was previously the Content Writer at Vancity Buzz and Content Editor at Daily Hive. She has a BA in Communications from Royal Roads University, a Print Journalism diploma from Langara, and a Broadcast Journalism diploma from BCIT. Brenna's passionate about blogging, travelling, and social media.