Sure, skating outdoors in the winter is fun — as long as you’re bundled up adequately. But if you’re the type to opt for hibernation when the first snowfall comes around, a new rink is coming to Union Station in December that will make winter a lot more fun! For the past few years, the area has been home to a free outdoor rink, but now they’re switching gears to a retro roller skating rink. And the best part: it’s indoors!
Beginning on Dec. 1 and running until Feb. 4, the experience offers 5,500 square feet of skating surface and a skating trail that leading into the carriageway tunnel that’s animated with lights for all the retro vibes. Along with the free rink comes free skate rentals and even free skating lessons, so that first-timers can still enjoy the rink — and there’s plenty of protective gear, including helmets, knee pads and elbow pads, for you to rent so that you can slip and fall worry-free.
If you’re an expert roller skater, you can bring your own skates, though everyone is required to sign a digital waiver before stepping on the rink.
Patrons of previous years’ Union Station ice rink might recall some special themed events, and this year, the roller skating rink will be hosting the same fun nights. Every Saturday night from 7-11 p.m., enjoy Beats & Boogie, a 19+ skate session featuring a live DJ and drinks available for purchase. And on Fridays, enjoy Union Beats Skate Nights from 5-9 p.m., where you can rock and roll as a live DJ spins rink side.
The rink opens at 11 a.m. every day of the week and closes at 8 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 p.m. on Saturdays. You can find the rink on the middle level of Union Station at the TD West Carriageway.