Skate, Skate, Skate. Getting out and lacing up the skates is a fun way to get outdoors (or indoors, if that’s your thing). From free skating, to events where you can take advantage of free skate rentals and even listen to live music while you’re on the ice, there are plenty of ways to get outside, and get active, while you lace up those skates, in Edmonton.
Where to Skate for Date Night
Hawrelak Park | Outdoor
The ice is fine at Hawrelak Park, and you’ve got a view of the Ice Castle, an indoor spot to swap your skates, and warm up when you’re finished on the ice, and a skate rental shop.
Victoria Park Iceway | Outdoor
Visit at dusk to experience the magical lights of the Iceway. Open from 10-10 daily, the IceWay is connected to picnic shelters and warming huts for a enjoyable skating experience in the River Valley.
City Hall | Outdoor
Sunday afternoons during the winter are made more exciting with Swing & Skate at City Hall. There’s live music, entertainment and a lively Sunday date skating outdoors. Get there early, and you can take advantage of free skate rentals.
Downtown Community Arena | Indoor
Not only is it free to check it out during the different programming types, like fitness skate or adults only skate – there is also free skate and helmet rentals at the rink.
Where to Rent Skates
If you don’t have skates to lace up, there are plenty of places that you can rent skates – and even places where you can use skates, free of charge (like Swing & Skate at City Hall).
Skates rentals can be found at Totem Outfitters, at Hawrelak Park and at the local indoor rinks.
Where to Warm up when You’re Finished Skating
There are a handful of places to warm up when you’ve finished skating. Consider some of the best places to have hot cocoa in the city, like the peppermint hot cocoa at Let Eat Snow, or the Ganache hot chocolate at Block 1912. Want to warm up over cake? Head over to Rebel if it’s brunchtime and grab a slice of cake, or Baileys and Coffee, without the coffee.