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Ministry of Citizens' Services

Robson Square

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.

There are many family-friendly activities at Robson Square year round. 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.

Summer 2014 - Events

Ballroom Dance: “Robson Square Summer Dance Series” every Friday night June 27 – August 29, 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Organized by DanceSport BC   

Since 1991, DanceSport BC has put on a social ballroom dance event every Friday during the summer months. With more than 500 attendees a night, people of all ages gather for a fun-fill night of dancing. Whether you are a dance professional or have two left feet; on your 100th date or your first; with a group of old friends or getting to know a new city, these dances are for you.
Salsa Dance: “Sunday Afternoon Salsa” every Sunday afternoon, June 29 – August 24, 3:00pm – 7:30pm. Organized by Salsa Vancouver 
7th Annual Sunday Afternoon Salsa dance series at Robson Square. A free, community festival open to the public and for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Includes beginner dance lessons, performances, and social dancing.

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.






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