• At 12,000 square feet it’s the largest Skate Plaza in the region.
  • Covered ice surface so you can skate all winter.
  • Skate Plaza capacity is 300.
  • Skate Plaza uses new technology – a CO2 chiller that feeds into the LEC District Energy System.
  • 13kms of piping under the plaza surface creates the ice.
  • Heat from the ice system feeds into the Lonsdale Energy system to heat surrounding buildings.
  • The curved lines under the ice reflect the lines of ship hulls that used to be cut on site.
  • The adjacent 8,000 sq.ft is a summertime water spray area

The Shipyards Skate Plaza

The Shipyard Commons outdoor skate plaza is the City’s newest public amenity and the region's largest outdoor skating rink. The rink is located on the waterfront at The Shipyards, and set against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

During seasonal operations, the skate plaza offers daily skating, skate rentals, as well as free helmets and skate aides. Those with their own skates, skate for free. The skate plaza is currently closed for the season.

In the area surrounding the Shipyards Commons you'll find lots of shops and restaurants all. In the summer months, the area is transformed into a splash park.


For Your Safety

  • Be courteous to fellow skaters
  • Maintain an appropriate speed for your skill level
  • No climbing or sitting on mounds
  • No figure skating or ice hockey 
  • No food or drink permitted on the ice

Important Safety Information

For Your Safety

  • Be courteous to fellow skaters
  • Maintain an appropriate speed for your skill level
  • No climbing or sitting on mounds
  • No figure skating or ice hockey 
  • No food or drink permitted on the ice

2009 - Council endorsed a vision for the City’s waterfront: 'To create a highly accessible and dynamic waterfront that also supports significant port industry, for the benefit of current and future generations.'

2013 - The City engaged with key stakeholders, businesses and residents to create the Central Waterfront Development Plan. It included a vision for The Shipyards as an active and vibrant gathering place offering year-round activities and programming, supported by a surrounding commercial development. 

2015 - Council endorsed site planning principles to clarify their vision for the area and guide future development. 

2016 -  The City partnered with Quay Management Corp to develop and deliver this unique waterfront destination including a public skating rink and water play area. Extensive site remediation work began.

2019 - The final phase of construction was completed in July 2019. 

The area now includes 85,000 sq ft of commercial and community amenity space, featuring restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, as well as the skate plaza in the winter and splash park in the summer.

How the City’s Skate Plaza Came To Be

2009 - Council endorsed a vision for the City’s waterfront: 'To create a highly accessible and dynamic waterfront that also supports significant port industry, for the benefit of current and future generations.'

2013 - The City engaged with key stakeholders, businesses and residents to create the Central Waterfront Development Plan. It included a vision for The Shipyards as an active and vibrant gathering place offering year-round activities and programming, supported by a surrounding commercial development. 

2015 - Council endorsed site planning principles to clarify their vision for the area and guide future development. 

2016 -  The City partnered with Quay Management Corp to develop and deliver this unique waterfront destination including a public skating rink and water play area. Extensive site remediation work began.

2019 - The final phase of construction was completed in July 2019. 

The area now includes 85,000 sq ft of commercial and community amenity space, featuring restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, as well as the skate plaza in the winter and splash park in the summer.




Contact Info

City Skate Plaza
Tel: 604-982-8383
Email: theshipyards@cnv.org

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