Skating Montreal's Beaver Lake: 2017-2018 Season

Outdoor Ice Skating at Mont Royal's Lac aux Castors

People ice-skating on Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors), Parc du Mont Royal.
People ice-skating on Beaver Lake in Montreal. Brian D. Cruickshank/Getty Images

Skating Montreal's Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors): 2017-2018 Season

One of Montreal's best outdoor skating rinks, Beaver Lake's outdoor skating destination in Mount Royal Park is a veritable hit with both locals and visitors, one of the most popular outdoor rinks across the city.

Beaver Lake, better known as Lac aux Castors by locals, is somewhat of a centerpiece atop the popular central city park, a choice spot to bring kids, a date, and the whole family. 

The skating area is a total surface of 2,500 square metres (26,909 square feet), which includes a refrigerated skating rink section resistant to sudden winter thaws which can ravage natural ice surfaces, maintaining an even skating surface in spite of unexpected weather conditions.

Speedier skaters are advised to drop by during quieter times, on weekdays and later in the evening lest they risk disappointment with the lack of maneuvering possible on the popular rink during peak times which include weekends and winter holidays.

Skating Season: December to March

Outdoor skating season in Montreal usually runs mid-December to mid-March but in the case of Beaver Lake, it can start as early as the first weekend of December and run until mid-March.

Location: Beaver Lake Pavilion, Mount Royal Park, 2000 Chemin Remembrance, Montreal, Quebec H3H 1X2

Neighborhood: Plateau Mont-Royal, Outremont, and Côte-des-Neiges neighborhoods surround the park

Getting There: Mont-Royal Metro & Bus 11

Rink Hours*: early December is usually Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the season is generally from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. On December 24 and December 31, 2017 the rental office closes at 5 p.m. and stays closed December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018. Note that these dates and hours represent rental office opening hours. Check ice conditions before heading out. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

Admission: admission is always free, though rentals cost extra.

Services*: services include ice skate rentals (regular skates are $9 for 2 hours; two-blade skates ARE $4 for 2 hours; learn-to-skate walker is $4 for 2 hours; skate rentals require money deposits which are returned when rentals are returned in good working order), locker lock rentals ($3.25 with $5 deposit), child helmet rentals ($2 for two hours), carrier sleds for babies ($5 for 2 hours with $5 deposit), and a skate sharpening service ($7). All rentals require a piece of I.D. with picture, given back upon rental return.

The rental office is located in the Beaver Lake Pavilion.

Lockers? Food? Lockers for storing personal belongings are available onsite. Either bring your own lock or rent a lock on the spot. Vending machines as well as a café open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week are on location in the Beaver Lake Pavilion. 

More INFO: (514) 843-8240 or (514) 280-8989 or visit the Friends of Mount Royal website.

*Note that dates, opening hours and rental fees are subject to change without notice.