Winter is almost here, and what better way to embrace the frosty magic than by lacing up your skates and hitting the ice? Parc Jean-Drapeau, just minutes from the heart of Montréal, is transforming into a winter wonderland, beckoning all skating enthusiasts to indulge in some chilly thrills.

Picture this: a dazzling ice trail winding through the park, beckoning you to step into a world where exercise meets exhilaration. It’s an active journey, meticulously maintained and refrigerated to ensure a memorable glide, especially after a sprinkle of snow.

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Photo via Parc Jean Drapeau

As you glide through the crisp winter air, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the the Saint Lawrence River and setting sun, painting the sky behind Montréal’s iconic skyscrapers.

And there’s more! Adjacent to the skaters’ trail, a natural skating rink awaits, offering a vast, rectangular expanse of unadulterated ice joy. While it may not be refrigerated, fear not, the ice will be maintained throughout the winter season.

The ice rinks will be accessible as of 10 AM on December 23, 2023, weather permitting. The trail is free to skate. but if you need skates they can be rented for $15.

So, whether you’re a solo skater seeking solitude or a family in search of icy adventures, Parc Jean-Drapeau is the ultimate destination for winter revelry. Bundle up, lace up, and let the frozen festivities begin!

Skaters’ trail

When: Opens December 23rd
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Cost: Free/Varies