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 Rink is now closed for 2018 due to warming temperatures. See you next year!
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.
There is also a smaller outdoor ice surface at the Fernie Court House for public leisure use, free, floodlit and open all hours. (No hockey sticks or pucks on the smaller ice surface).
A COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER:
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 co-ordinated 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 time keeper box. The City has agreed to cover maintenance and operational costs.
FERNIE MEMORIAL ARENA:
The Fernie Memorial Arena remains closed until further notice. For more information call the City of Fernie at 250-423-6817