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Over the holidays we got a chance to explore the joys of skating in Montreal at the mechanically-cooled rink at Lac aux Castors on top of Mount Royal. This was one of my top urban skating experiences to date with a beautiful setting, gorgeous classical music and a warm and stylish chalet. With windows all around and even a balcony with Adirondack chairs, the design of the chalet allows parents to keep an eye on their children. There is skate rental, hat and glove purchase and a really nice snack bar which even serves beer! In the changing room downstairs, benches are made of a series of boxes where boots can be stored — a clever solution to the problem of space. The Montrealers are always so clever when it comes to design. Though Toronto has many more rinks, none are as cool and stylish as this. Bravo Montreal!
Their season is odd -- what do they not understand about the angle of the sun? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-outdoor-rinks-weather-1.3360575