Skating Montreal's Old Port Bonsecours Basin: 2017-2018 Season
Right along the Old Port, near Old Montreal's picturesque de la Commune Street and Marché Bonsecours, is the Bonsecours Basin outdoor skating rink. Also called the Natrel Skating Rink, it ranks high in flash and visual value, a choice destination to bring a date, friends from out of town as well as the whole family as well as an ideal skating locale for speed demons outside of peak hours.
Skaters intent on whizzing at top speed are best advised to drop by weekdays when crowds are lighter. Note that prices are higher than at other outdoor skating rinks in Montreal.
Skating Season: December to March
Montreal's outdoor skating season is usually in gear from mid-December to mid-March, depending on the rink. In the case of Bonsecours Basin, the season starts December 9, 2017 and runs through March 11, 2018. But as always, the season is contingent on weather conditions and tends to vary every year in spite of official season dates. So do yourself a favor and check out the Bonsecours Basin ice conditions online and call (514) 496-PORT before showing up to make sure the rink and rental office are open.
Just checked only to find out conditions are terrible? No worries. Consider dropping by this indoor rink. It's two metro stops or about a 15- to 20-minute walk away from the Bonsecours Basin and it just happens to be my favorite indoor skating rink in Montreal.
Theme Nights in 2017-2018
The skating rink features themed nights several nights a week. Themes for the 2017-2018 season will be revealed as we close in on the season. Last year's highlights included:
- Workout on Ice Tuesdays (with a trainer giving skating pointers on site from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Comfort on Ice Wednesdays (outdoor fireplaces, hot chocolate, and free marshmallows are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- DJ on Ice Thursdays (beats from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
- ballroom matinees on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon
Bonsecours Basin 2017-2018: Old Montreal Skating Admission and Rentals
Location: Quays of the Old Port (map)
Neighborhood: Old Montreal
Getting There: Champ-de-Mars Metro
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Holiday Schedule: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day from December 24, 2017 to January 8, 2017; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on December 31, 2017 through January 1, 2018 (TBC)
Admission: $6.95 adult, senior & student; $4.60 kids ages 6 to 12; free for kids under 6; $18 family pass (2 adults with 2 kids ages 4 to 17 or 1 adult with 3 kids ages 4 to 17); $35 season pass; $75 family season pass (2 adults with 2 kids ages 6 to 17 or 1 adult with 3 kids ages 6 to 17, $17 for each extra child)
Services: ice skate rental ($10), locker rental ($4), helmet rental ($4), children's harness rental ($2), skate coach rental ($4), skate sharpening service ($7).
Blade protectors, tape, skate laces, gloves and socks are also sold on location. Rental prices do not include admission. Rental prices may change without notice.
INFO: (514) 496-PORT or Old Port website
Any Other Attractions Near the Bonsecours Basin?
You're less than a five-minute stroll away from Marché Bonsecours going east, west will lead you to the Montreal Science Centre IMAX and Pointe-à-Callière Museum and almost in front of the Bonsecours Basin but heading westwards is a BeaverTails counter. Thought I'd mention that just in case that skate left you craving a sugar and dough overload. (It happens). Oh, and if it's not too cold and you're up for a ten-minute walk, head northwest. You might just spot the most beautiful church in North America.
And one last thing. Getting late and want some dinner and a spot of live jazz? Have I got the place for you.
Note that admission rates, rental rates and hours of operation may change without notice.