Canada Vancouver Vancouver Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Vancouver Guide to Robson Square in Vancouver, BC Quick Guide to Robson Square Events, Activities & History By Dana Lynch Dana Lynch Dana Lynch is a travel expert specializing in the Pacific Northwest who was a lead blogger for Tourism Vancouver and a writer for CNN's Insider Guide. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Erin Medlicott Fact checked by Erin Medlicott on 08/18/19 LinkedIn Twitter New York University Rutgers University Erin Medlicott is a fact checker and researcher with a background in lifestyle and finance. Prior to her work at TripSavvy, she did financial research for the American Express Departures Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal. She earned a TripSavvy's fact-checking on 08/18/19 Share Pin Email Dana Lynch Robson Square is Vancouver's de facto town square and one of the city's most important landmarks. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is ground zero for intra-city outdoor activities (including free ice skating in winter and free dancing in summer), plays host to a parade of events throughout the year, and is the spot for downtown people watching, picnicking on street food, or just taking in the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver life. Getting to Robson Square Vancouver Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. It forms the apex for downtown shopping, functioning as the cross-point for walking from the department stores (The Bay Downtown, Holt Renfrew) and Pacific Centre Mall to Vancouver's most famous shopping destination, Robson Street Shopping. Underground parking near Robson Square is available, but it's easiest to access by public transit; it's just one block from the Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station. Map to Robson Square Vancouver Ross Durant Photography/Getty Images Robson Square Vancouver Events & Activities Though Robson Square is home to a number of city businesses--including UBC Robson Square and the Provincial Law Courts--its public spaces are what makes it famous. Its major feature and attraction is the Robson Square Ice Rink, which is covered by a steel-and-glass dome (so that the rink can be used even in rain). A floor covering the ice rink transforms the space into a dance floor / multipurpose venue during the summer months. Free Ice Skating at Robson Square - December - February Free Ballroom Dancing at Robson Square - July & August Free Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square - July & August Robson Square also hosts various community celebrations and events throughout the year, including New Year's Eve parties, Christmas celebrations, free outdoor concerts during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and free summer movies. Unfortunately, there is not an official Robson Square website to aggregate all Robson Square events. The Square is operated by the BC Ministry of Citizens' Services, but--though they do post some information about the Robson Square Ice Rink--they don't address other events. The best way to find out what's happening at Robson Square now is to follow Vancouver events sites (like mine), which chronicle Robson Square events as they occur. Or: You can just go there and check it out for yourself. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Robson Square Vancouver History Robson Square's public facilities were developed between 1978 - 1983; the Robson Square Ice Rink operated until its initial closing in 2004. In 2009, as part of the lead-up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Robson Square underwent a massive reconstruction, during which the Ice Rink was renovated and resurfaced. The Robson Square Ice Rink reopened in December 2009 and the Square became an epi-centre for Vancouver Olympics parties and events. Since its re-opening, Robson Square has again become the heart of downtown Vancouver and, today, plays a role in many of the city's most important events. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Your Trip to Vancouver: The Complete Guide Insider Guide to Pacific Centre Mall in Downtown Vancouver Christmas Fun for Free in Vancouver 9 Best Things to Do in Vancouver in Winter Best Things to Do in Vancouver This Spring Top 10 Places to Shop in Vancouver The Best Ice Rinks for Year-Round Skating in Vancouver, BC Everything You Need to Know for Your Visit to UBC in Vancouver, BC Top Things to Do in Downtown Vancouver, Canada Top 10 Places to See Art and Culture in Vancouver, BC Inside Metropolis at Metrotown, B.C.'s Largest Shopping Centre The Top 10 Neighborhoods to Visit in Vancouver Things to Do on Christmas Day in Vancouver Your Guide to the Vancouver Art Scene Visitor's Guide to Vancouver Chinatown What Is It Like to Live in Vancouver's Fairview Neighborhood?