The Best Ice Skating Rinks and Trails

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on September 20, 2023
Ice Skating Rinks at place D'Youville
Place D'Youville, Audet Photo

Skating in the Québec City region holds special appeal, whether you can barely stand on skates or you’re a skating acrobat! Take full advantage of winter with this Nordic activity with friends, family, or that special someone. Don't miss the best part about ice skating: warming up with a hot chocolate! Here is our selection of the most beautiful outdoor skating rinks, forest trails and indoor skating rinks in the Québec region.

Ice Skating in Town

Porte Saint-Jean illuminated and skating at the Place D'Youville ice rink.
Place D'Youville, Francis Gagnon

Place D'Youville skating rink

  • Setting: Skate in the heart of the action at Place D’Youville! Glide across a refrigerated rink amid the ambiance of Old Québec, just across the ramparts. 

  • When: From mi-November to mid-March

  • Where to warm up with a hot drink nearby: Café-boulangerie Paillard

Ice Rink on the Plains of Abraham
Plains of Abraham, Ville de Québec

Plains of Abraham skating rink

Other ice rinks in the city

  • Pointe-aux-Lièvres: A 1.5 kilometre trail lit in the evening and offering a panoramic view of the Upper Town.
  • Domaine Maizerets: Skating rink lit in the evening located on an historic site.

Forest Skating Trails Around Québec City

Fill your lungs with fresh air and skate in the forest amid exceptional country landscapes while marveling at the surrounding beauty!

Village Vacances Valcartier

  • Setting: Ice Skating trail with lighting and sound systems winding more than a kilometre through Village Vacances Valcartier, the largest winter playground in North America.
  • When: From mid-December to end of March
  • Where to warm up with a hot drink nearby: At one of the restaurants on premises 

Other Ice Skating Trails

  • Lac-Beauport: A 3-kilometre rink on a lake located near Le Relais ski resort (no rental available).  230, chemin du Tour-du-Lac, Lac-Beauport.
  • Cities of Shannon and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier both maintain nice ice skating trails through the forest.
    - Sports Chalet, 73 chemin de Gosford, Shannon
    - Parc du Grand Héron, 4 rue Louis Jolliet, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

Indoor Skating Rinks

 

Olympic ice rink of Centre de glaces
Centre de glaces, René Masson

Centre de glaces Intact Assurance

Québec City is now home to a new sports complex dedicated to skating in all its forms. The Centre de glaces Intact Assurance has lots of timeslots for the general public, so locals and visitors can get out on the ice. You can go skating on the Olympic oval or running on the indoor track, all while taking in the view through the high windows that run all around the building.

Carousel and ice rink at the Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale.
Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale

Méga Parc des Galeries de la Capitale's Ice Track

The largest indoor amusement park in Québec is also home to a 750-foot long skating trail all around the Méga Parc. With the rides, the many boutiques and the Imax cinema, there is something to keep the whole family occupied for hours!

Please note that skating rinks are open depending on weather conditions. We recommend calling ahead to confirm.

The selected skating rinks offer skate rental on-site, unless otherwise indicated.

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