We are enjoying excellent conditions for winter activities here in Kamloops!
In this post, we focus on ice skating, which is an excellent family activity that can help with improving your overall level of fitness. Not only is this aerobic exercise great for your cardiovascular system, but it is also an excellent activity for developing good balance and coordination.
We ventured out to the outdoor rinks around town to check out the ice conditions and see what facilities they have to offer.
Pineview Valley Community Ice Rink
Located on Hugh Allan Drive in Pineview Valley Park, against a beautiful backdrop of snow-covered trees. Equipped with lighting for evening skating and includes a covered bench to rest or change into your skates. A large, visible schedule is posted for ice time while parking is located alongside of Hugh Allan Drive.
Juniper Ice Rink – Juniper Park
Located just off of Qu’Appelle drive. Large, double rink equipped with lighting and situated right next to a parking lot. Benches around the edge and bleachers at the parking level.
Located behind the Dallas Barnhartvale Baptist Church at 495 Todd Rd. Equipped with lighting and parking available either at the church or alongside the road. Ice looked really smooth!
Heffley – Len Haughton Park
Take the Heffley exit off the Yellowhead highway and keep going on Old Highway 5. Turn left on Marriot, then left onto Lister Rd. Keep going, rink will be on the right-hand side. Large rink with a dedicated parking lot and lighting system. Awesome ice, too!
Centennial Park – Ralph Clearwaters Sports Complex (Westsyde)
Take Westsyde Road and turn right onto Franklin Road. Go to the end of the road and drive into Centennial Park. Take a right and continue until you reach the parking area for the Ralph Clearwaters Sports Complex. Large ice rink with dedicated parking lot, lighting system and covered area with benches for changing footwear.
So get out there with your family and head to one of these outdoor rinks for some fresh air and exercise! The conditions are fantastic – the ambient air is not too cold, while the ice is just perfect!
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!