Address: 8900 48 Ave. N.W.
Rink type: pond (lagoon)
Season: Weather dependent – typically Mid-december through February – Check here for rink conditions
Rentals: skates, stabilizers, helmets, skate sharpening. (helmets rentals are free of charge)
Food Services: Casual Fine Dining at Seasons of Bowness Park as well as a small take out cafe
Rules: No hockey nets or pucks. Stabilizer bars and strollers allowed. Helmets recommended.
I hadn’t appreciated how different skating at Bowness Park would be from a typical community rink until we went this year. I have now become a huge fan and I highly recommend you give it a try with your families too.
On the plaza they have seating, rubber mats that won’t wreck up your skates and several firepits. Watch out getting down onto the ice it can be slippery and hard to get your footing.
The lagoon itself is huge with lots of room to move around.
The best part though is being able to skate beyond the lagoon along the inlet.
It’s a very different experience than skating on an indoor rink. Not only is it visually more interesting, but the ice is less smooth and even.
Despite the more difficult conditions, my daughter (4.5) managed while using a stablizer bar and I found pushing our littlest in a stroller to be fine.
The lagoon also has a small island on the North side that you can skate around if the conditions are right. While we were there you could go in the one side but I found the angle to be a bit intimidating.
Our whole family had a great time and we can’t wait to go again.