As winter in the Niagara region brings with it snow, ice and freezing temperatures, it is the best time to go ice skating! Since Family Day is right around the corner, it’s a great occasion to enjoy some skating time with your family. It’s fun all the way at the indoor and outdoor skating rinks in the region. So grab your coats and jackets, and go skating with your family. You don’t need to restrict the fun to just Family Day as most skating rinks are open till March. Do remember that outdoor skating is weather dependent. Stay safe with helmets for children and avoid skating too fast!
Indoor Skating Rinks
Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena/Main Arena, Welland
If you are looking to ice skate in Welland, head to the Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena that has high quality ice surfaces for public skating. In fact, at the Main Arena on Family Day, you can get free admission if you donate a non-perishable food item. So bring your skates along and have fun with your family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Ice Arena, Niagara Falls
Besides ice hockey and skating lessons, the Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Ice Arena is also open for public skating. So, get on the ice and skate with your family. If you feel hungry, you can grab some snacks at the snack bar.
The Leisureplex Complex, and Crystal Ridge Arena, Fort Erie
The Jaycee Arena at the Leisureplex Complex in Fort Erie is a great place to go skating with your loved ones. Also, the Crystal Ridge Arena has a nice rink with space to sit or stand on one side of the rink. Both arenas are open for a Family Day Free Skate. Make the most of it!
Outdoor Skating Rinks
Wayne Gretzky Estates, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Enjoy the fun of outdoor skating in winter at the rink situated at Wayne Gretzky Estates. Usually the estate draws in people for its winery and distillery. But with the outdoor skating rink, there is yet another reason to visit the estate. While skate rentals are available, you can also bring your own skates. It is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. so go there for some family time on February 19.
While you can certainly enjoy a tour of this historic fort, come winter and this is the place to go for outdoor skating! The best part is that skating is free. Isn’t that cool? You will have to pay to rent skates but you can also bring your own skates. It’s a whole lot of fun to ice skate amidst a historic setting.
Ravine Vineyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Another winery with a skating rink, the scenic Ravine Vineyard is a wonderful place to go skating with your family. The skating rink overlooks the vineyard and is open only when the temperature is below zero degrees.