Skating Rinks

Skating is a very popular winter activity in Quebec. Our municipal skating rinks allow residents to stay active and enjoy the outdoors during the winter.

However, 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.

To find out if an ice rink is open or not, check the Info-Rinks tab on our website. Updates are posted every morning; however, if conditions change significantly during the day, a second update may be published later.



Outdoor Skating Rinks

Centre Harpell : 60 rue Saint-Pierre

Schedule: Closed for the season

Chalet Peter-Williamson: 300 Rue Cypihot

Schedule: Closed for the season


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.


Indoor Skating Rink

Address: 21111 Lakeshore Rd. (Macdonald Campus)

Schedule: Saturday, 7 pm starting October 5, 2019

Cost :

With the Carte loisirs: Free
Without the Carte loisirs: Children: $ 2.50 - Adults: $ 3.50
McGill students and employees: Free (proof requested)

Helmet is mandatory for children under 13 years old


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.