Are you planning to take the family to Whistler, BC this winter? I’ve just returned with my family and can say that we fell in love with Whistler during the winter. I was so impressed with all the holiday lights in the village and the snow on the mountains.
One of my family’s favourite activities while in Whistler was the skating rink in the heart of the village at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Every winter the city of Whistler transforms the Olympic Plaza stage into a FREE skating rink for everyone to enjoy. The skating rink is divided in three sections. One section is under cover, one section is for mini games of hockey and one section is out on the lawn of the Olympic Plaza. My kids loved the rink, especially the ramps to go up to and down from the top rink.
The skating rink is open daily and has no entry fee. If you don’t have your own skates you can rent skates for $5. Double blades (for little ones) and shoe grips are available free of charge. Helmets are also available at no extra charge. There are plenty push bars available for kids learning to skate.
There is always great music playing while you are skating and clean washrooms available right on site. If you need to warm up with a coffee or need a bite to eat you are just steps away from several coffee shops and restaurants.
We were at the skating rink during peek times but found there was plenty of room for everyone.
My family loved the skating rink so much that we returned a second time to enjoy it while on our Whistler winter vacation. My kids are still talking about it and can’t wait to go back.
Getting to the skating rink at the Olympic Plaza is very easy. I recommend parking in Lot 4 (Whistler village’s free parking lot). The skating rink is across the street from this lot.
To learn more about the skating rink at Whistler Olympic Plaza check out the Tourism Whistler website. Hours of operation are 11am – 9pm. The ice rink is closed for maintenance from 2pm – 3pm and from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.