6 free outdoor rinks in Montreal to chase away the winter blues

So in hopes of turning things around, I went on a mission to explore some of Montreal’s lesser-known ice rinks, all of which are less than a 15-minute walk from a metro station.


6 hidden ice rinks in Montreal within walking distance from a metro station

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Martin Luther King Park

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Address: 3220 Ave. Appleton, Montreal, QC

Metro: 15 minutes walk from Plamondon (orange line)

The skating rink at Martin Luther King Park is an ideal place for anyone who lives in Côte-des-Neiges or the surrounding neighborhoods. The rink was perfectly cleaned and completely empty on Thursday afternoon, so you can have a good time solo if that’s what you’re looking for.

It’s right next to Côte-des-Neiges Road which is full of all sorts of unique restaurants to try when you work up an appetite after skating. Even though it’s near a busy road, you can barely hear the cars.

Within minutes of being here, this rink has easily become one of my favorite places in the city.

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Mackenzie King Park

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Address: 4905 Ave. Saint-Kevin, Montreal, QC

Metro: 2 minutes walk from Côte-Sainte-Catherine (orange line)

I was unable to test the Mackenzie-King Park ice rink during my adventure because it was being cleaned. Hey, at least we know we’re on it, right? The park itself is also a beautiful place to walk during the winter. A major asset, you can see Saint-Joseph’s Oratory in the distance.

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Jean-Brilliant Park

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Address: 5252 Ave. Decelles, Montreal, QC

Metro: 4 minutes walk from Côte-des-Neiges (blue line)

This park also offers a small view of the emblematic Saint Joseph’s Oratory. There are two rinks: a circular one for skating tricks and another that seems dedicated to hockey.

Personally, I like having options because you have the choice between a calm environment or playing the favorite sport of Canadians. It’s next to a pedestrian street, which means very little noise pollution from cars.

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Jean Amyot Park

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Address: 6110 Marseille Street, Montreal, QC

Metro: 7 minutes walk from Cadillac (green line)

I love that Parc Jean-Amyot is in a residential area and secluded enough from all the busy streets to make you forget you’re in town. There are wooden barriers set up on part of the rink to allow for hockey games and next to it there is space for people who only want to skate to relax. Again, a win-win for everyone.

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Maisonneuve Park

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Address: 4601 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal, QC

Metro: 13 minutes on foot from Pie-IX (Green line)

I had already heard of the Parc Maisonneuve skating rink, but I never had the chance to try it out for myself. Now that I’ve done it, I can say I’ll happily go back every winter. Of all the rinks on this list, this was definitely one of my favorites. But if you are looking for some quiet and solitude time, I wouldn’t suggest this place.

Although it’s not very hectic on a Thursday afternoon, the rink has a large skating rink which allows plenty of visitors and there is a small chalet-like building next to it which plays music outside. So, I would say this is a great place for people looking to spend their day with a group of friends.

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Walter Stewart Park

Alanna Moore | MTL Blog

Address: 2455 Larivière Street, Montreal, QC

Metro: 6 minutes walk from Frontenac metro (green line)

If you live in the Ville-Marie or Hochelaga area, this hidden gem of a skating rink is an absolute must for skating. It is away from the roads and is opposite the magnificent St-Eusebe-De-Verceil church. That means good views in a quiet setting. I was there during the afternoon and had the rink completely to myself for a good 20 minutes.

Like some of the other rinks on this list, there were two sections: one probably more for hockey and another for people who just want to skate. I’ll admit the ice wasn’t the smoothest, but I’d trade any day to have to skate over a few bumps for a solo skating session.

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