Living on the West Coast most of my life (and when I wasn’t, I was living in a much warmer climate), I’ve never experienced the really cold winters and the outdoor skating rink that usually comes along with it. But that’s about to change this winter, as the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the City of Victoria will be bringing the first ever outdoor skating rink to Downtown Victoria this winter!
If you’re wondering, like I was, where they could set up an outdoor skating rink in Downtown Victoria, it will be located on the lower level of Centennial Square next to the McPherson Playhouse. That space is large enough to hold a rink 56 feet long by 36 feet wide. There will be no fake ice “look-alike” at this rink, as there will be equipment and piping underneath the ice sheet keeping it cold enough to survive a Victoria winter.
If you’re really looking forward to being able to do some outdoor ice skating in Downtown Victoria, it is scheduled to open next month,
November 26, alongside the annual Centennial Square Light-Up December 3rd due to the Occupy Victoria protest, and will remain open every day until January 2, 2012. If you don’t have any skates like me, rentals will be available on site for just $5/pair. The cost to skate (not including rentals) will be only $2.00! On grand opening day, December 3, you’ll be able to skate from noon until 8pm, absolutely FREE (skate rental fee still applicable).
I know we’ll definitely be checking this skating rink out once it is open. Be warned though, I’ve only ever skated once in my life, so if you see me out there, keep your distance! Rink hours are as follows:
Are you going to go out and skate outdoors this winter?
Outdoor Skating Rink