While the four-leaf clover-shaped Beaver Lake pond is closed indefinitely, a 2,500 square-meter refrigerated rink next to the Beaver Lake Pavilion makes for a dependable stand-in. Located on top of the mountain on the manicured grounds of Mount Royal Park, the large rink is typically open every day from December to March, with musical events planned throughout the season. Warm up inside the pavilion where skates are available to rent and a Café des Amis serves hot drinks and snacks.
UPDATE, November 24 2020: As we all wait for some snow and ice to officially stay on the ground, we've made sure to check in with our guide to ice skating in Montreal and keep the guide up to date. Note that we are, in fact, allowed to head outdoors for some icy fun this winter season so long as it's outdoors.
Come winter, it's time to take stock of more than 260 outdoor rinks and a decent selection of indoor venues that surround you: No city is more prepared to go ice skating than Montreal. Whether you’re looking for a patinoire to play the good ol’ hockey game, a track for skating laps, or a surface to stick a salchow, we've got you covered. Next to some choice Montreal skiing options, ice skating is definitely one of the best things to do in Montreal in winter—right after stuffing your face at sugar shacks near Montreal or dog sledding near Montreal. Just remember that before you bundle up and head outside, be sure to check ice conditions by dialing 311 to get city updates on ice conditions.
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