Calgary Flames Foundation donated an NHL-sized outdoor rink to Fernie that opened in Fernie December 21, 2017.
Scroll through images above to see Grand Opening event images on a snowy winter evening.
The Outdoor Skating/Hockey Rink opens on December 17, 2018.
The rink has a daily 'Open Skate' session from 7-9pm, with additional public skating at various times. See the official schedule for full details. The ice-surface is free for the public to use and is open daily, weather dependent, from daylight until 10pm.
Fernie Lions Club Member Chuck Shoesmith says the project got rolling after the Calgary Flames Foundation heard of the Fernie Memorial Arena ammonia leak tragedy and donated an outdoor skating rink package to the City of Fernie, complete with a 200-by-85 foot set of boards. The Fernie Lions Club coordinated the offer and found local businesses to donate supplies and skilled labour to the project. A group of volunteers stepped forward to build the pad for the outdoor rink, which is located adjacent to the Fernie Aquatic Centre. The Calgary Flames Foundation donation included boards, penalty boxes, player benches and a timekeeper box. The City has agreed to cover maintenance and operational costs.
Community and not-for-profit rentals will be charged at $25 per hour, while commercial/non-local rentals will be $50 per hour. Please contact our Fernie Community Services Department at 250.423.2245. All bookings must be made with 48 hours notice.