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Olympic Plaza


Olympic Plaza is a beautiful destination place for downtown Calgary workers during lunch hour. The plaza was built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games and has the only refridgerated outdoor ice surface in the city.

Olympic Plaza

Location: 228 8 Ave. S.E.

Area: 1.2 hectares

Park hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Dec. 31, 2019 extended hours, 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

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While visiting Olympic Plaza, please remember that the following is not permitted:

Park features

  • Reflecting pond (May - October, drained late June to mid-July for maintenance)
  • Ice skating (mid-November to mid-March)
  • Skate rentals available: operated by Skate Hut, visit their website​ for hours and prices.
  • Famous Five sculpture
  • Large seating area
  • Stage
  • Waterfalls
  • Washroom (year round)
  • Seasonal concession (independently operated)
  • Olympic bricks, sold to the public to commemorate the 1988 Olympics, maps of individual brick locations are available at the Information Kiosk in City Hall

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • Open mid November to mid March - check status 
  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily
    • No skating Feb. 24 - 28 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. due to an event.
  • Skating is free of charge
  • Skate rental available - rental information
  • Hockey sticks, toboggans, sleds & strollers are not permitted on the ice
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged

About the park

Olympic Plaza was built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary as the site of the medal presentation ceremonies and now hosts many special events & festivals throughout the year. It is also a wonderful place to sit and enjoy your lunch during the noon hour.​​​​​​​