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Ministry of Citizens' Services

Robson Square

The skating rink at Robson Square will be open every day from Nov. 15th, 2013 to the end of February 2014. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with longer hours on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Skating at Robson Square is a fun, affordable and healthy activity for families and friends to do together and last winter over 82,000 people visited the plaza for ice skating, concerts and other special events.

The Robson Square skating rink has been a huge success over the past few years and is a great resource for the community. Last year, more than 56,500 people skated on the rink and more than 5,050 students participated in the school skate program.

There are many family-friendly activities planned at Robson Square this winter. As well, Robson Square is hosting the popular schools program again this year. The rink can be booked for school groups, grades 4 to 7, who would like organize a class trip on a school day for an hour of skating.

To book a class trip to Robson Square please contact George Lenko at (604) 646-3557 or RSQIceRink@pacegroup.com. Please indicate your top three date and time choices, the number of children attending and their grades.

Skating is free with your own skates, or rentals are available for a small fee. A concession stand with snacks and warm drinks is also available at the rink. Come down, lace up your skates and enjoy the rink.

Calendar of Events 2013-2014 Season

Robson Square will be filled with family friendly activities all winter, including photos with Santa, 12 days of Christmas Countdown, New Year's Eve celebrations, Family Day, and Valentine's Day.

Photos with Santa after the parade (Dec. 1, 2013)
Robson Square is participating in the 10th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 1 by hosting "Photos with Santa" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: www.rogerssantaclausparade.com

12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 13 - 24, 2013)
There will be carollers, live music and entertainment every evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with a skate in winter wonderland.

Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2013)
The skating rink will be open for people to enjoy from noon to 5 p.m.

New Year's Eve (Dec. 31, 2013)
Once again, the Province will host a family friendly 2014 New Year's celebration. New Year's Eve will be an evening filled with live entertainment, free glow sticks, and noisemakers for kids. The ice rink will be open until 11 p.m.

New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2014)
On Sunday, Jan. 1, 2014, the rink will be open regular hours for skating, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Family Day (Feb. 10, 2014)
To celebrate Family Day, Robson Square will have free skate rentals all day.

About Robson Square

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is a provincial landmark that includes the Provincial Law Courts, UBC Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Asia Pacific Centre. The facility is the Province’s largest building with 1.2 million square feet extending over three city blocks. The internationally recognized facility was designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson.

The Province received international kudos during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for the use of the space - for the international media centre, as a gathering place for business leaders and for the thousands of people who enjoyed the ice rink, zip line, free entertainment and concerts.

From 2004 to 2011, the Province worked to revitalize and extend the life of Robson Square. The complex had begun showing signs of aging and required exterior renewal. The Robson Square Renewal Project was a $41 million, multi-year project to ensure the vibrancy of the landmark space continues well into the future.

Our vision is to ensure Robson Square remains a vibrant community gathering place for years to come.

 

 

In 2009, the Robson Square Domes project received a B.C. Steel Design Award in the architectural category for outstanding steel structure from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. The two dark Plexiglas domes in the middle of the square were removed and replaced with larger, more open domes to protect and improve coverage of the ice rink and lower plaza. The clear, oval shaped glass provides better visibility between the plaza and Robson Street.

 

 

During summer 2011, there was a Robson Square Artisan Market open every Saturday, featuring an ever-changing collection of artisans, craftspeople and performers.

 

 

Outdoor skating at Robson Square was the thing to do during winter 2010-2011 in Vancouver, with over 8,300 visitors per week.