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Skating in Montreal at the Bonsecours Basin

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Bonsecours Basin in Old Montreal

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Bonsecours Basin
Right on the Old Port, near Old Montreal's picturesque de la Commune Street, the Bonsecours Basin outdoor skating rink ranks high in flash and visual value and is a great place to bring a date, friends from out of town as well as the whole family. Not exactly the ideal skating locale for speed demons but a great spot for Sunday strollers and sightseers. Music played daily. Prices a little higher than at other outdoor rinks in Montreal.

Skating Season: December to March
Outdoor skating season -- usually in gear mid-December to mid-March but in the case of Bonsecours Basin, the season runs November 30, 2013 through March 9, 2014 -- is, of course, contingent on weather conditions and tends to vary every year. 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.

Musical Evenings in 2013-2014
The skating rink plays music as of 7 p.m. every night of the week. For the 2013-2014 season, evening music themes are:

  • Classical Mondays
  • World Music Tuesdays
  • Urban Sounds Wednesdays
  • Romantic Thursdays
  • Retro Fridays (80s and 90s)
  • Rhythm Saturdays
  • French Music Sundays

Ballroom Matinees in 2013-2014
Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon feature ballroom music.

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 21, 2013 to January 5, 2014; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., December 31, 2013 through January 1st, 2014
Admission: $6 adult, senior & student; $4 kids ages 6 to 12; free for kids under 6; $15 family pass (2 adults with 2 kids ages 6 to 17 or 1 adult with 3 kids ages 6 to 17); $29 season pass; $58 family season pass (2 adults with 2 kids ages 6 to 17 or 1 adult with 3 kids ages 6 to 17, $11 for each extra child)
Services: ice skate rental ($8), locker lock rental ($4), helmet rental ($4), children's harness rental ($2), stroller rental ($6), skate sharpening service ($7), toe-pick removal ($4). Blade protectors, tape and skate laces also sold on location. Rentals require $50 deposit or credit card or driver's license, all given back upon rental return. Rental prices do not include admission.
INFO: (514) 496-PORT or Quays of the Old Port Website

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