Frequently Asked Questions
Ooh, old school roller skates! Where did you get them?
RollerGirl.ca is hands-down the best place to get roller skates and gear in BC. Maybe even Canada. They have everything any quad roller skater needs: beginner to expert, derby to bowls, and everything in between. Their customer service is unparalled, and equally as good in store (look for the hot pink building on E. 11th Ave just west of Main St.) or online.
Where is the closest roller rink in Vancouver?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a dedicated roller rink in the Lower Mainland. The last remaining roller sports facility, Surrey’s Central City Arena (aka “Stardust”), is mostly a roller hockey rink, and it’s on the slate to be demolished to make way for – you guessed it – condos. They are open for the time being though, and they host public skating on Saturday nights 8:00-9:30pm. They also do private group rentals occasionally. Check the link above for more info.
The closest real roller rink is Lynden Skateway in Lynden, WA, just across the border from Abbotsford. In fact, there are a number of great rinks in the Pacific Northwest: Pattison’s West, Skagit Skate, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate and Southgate Roller Rink are all pretty quick trip down the 1-5. (Yes, you read that right. Greater Seattle has 4 rinks. Vancouver – still none.) Lloyd’s Recreation in Calgary (closing Feb. 2018, R.I.P.) and Pattisons North in Spokane are also both outstanding.
Well, where the heck can I skate, then?
Ya, tough question. Roller skating in Vancouver is pretty season-dependent. When the weather is good, there are lots of places to skate! Outdoors, all you need is a large, flat, smooth area. Tennis courts, freshly paved parking lots, lacrosse boxes, smooth paved pathways are all fun to skate on. (Don’t forget your gear, though!) Also, many curling clubs and skating rinks take their ice out in the spring and summer, and can be available for rent to groups. Once the weather changes, we are pretty much out of luck because of said ice situation, and many other City of Vancouver spaces currently don’t allow roller skates on their floors. Don’t worry – we’re working on the CoV people.