Just minutes west of Edmonton, you’ll find some of the best places for a family skate outside, a drop-in game of shinny or free arena skating. Here’s just some of the places we’re looking forward to practicing our backwards cross-overs and fearsome hockey stops in the Tri-Region.
Image: The skating oval in Central Park from Spruce Grove on Facebook.
Outdoor rinks in Stony
Stony Plain has five outdoor rinks for free skating and casual shinny every day of the week during the winter (weather dependent) – check the outdoor rink schedules here. Look forward to the Centennial Memorial and Forest Green rinks to open again – you can get the very latest rink news anytime from the town’s 24-hour information line: 780.963.8607. The pond at Rotary Park is another popular place for skating and the Glenn Hall Arena has free public skating on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 4 – 5pm and on Friday evenings 7 – 8pm.
Mommy meet-up in Wabamun
Make a mom and tots date at the upgraded Wabamun Arena, less than an hour west of Edmonton – the perfect amount of time for a kiddie car nap. Public skating runs Monday nights from 5 – 6pm and Fridays 5 – 6:15pm. For the little ones, five and under, the arena offers a special slow skate on Fridays from 4 – 5pm. Admission is just $2 – which leaves lots of toonies left for hot chocolate afterwards at the concession.
Outdoor skating in Spruce
The skating oval at Spruce Grove’s Central Park is a beautiful place for a family skate in the winter! When the holiday lights are still up, the oval is even more wonderful! The concession is open Tues to Fri 4 – 8pm and Sat 1 – 8pm. Jubilee Park at the east end of Grove Dr. – as well as Westview Leisure Ice, a skating pad in Woodside Park are both great places to skate .
Skate, play and swim all day
The huge Tri-leisure Centre in Spruce has two full-sized indoor rinks with public skating on Mon/Wed/Fri mornings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They also have open shinny and beginner stick and puck classes. While you’re here, drop in the gym for badminton, basketball, volleyball, soccer or pickleball. Or play around in the gigantic aquatic centre – with a diving board, water play area, waterslide and hot tub (for mom).