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 anywhere in BC. The last remaining roller sports facility, Surrey’s Central City Arena (fka “Stardust”), was torn down in May 2018. #RIP
The closest real roller rink is Lynden Skateway in Lynden, WA, just across the border from Aldergrove. In fact, there are a number of great rinks in the Western Washington: Pattison’s West, Skagit Skate, Skate Tiffany’s, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate and Southgate Roller Rink are all pretty quick trip down the 1-5. (Yes, you read that right. NW Washington has 5 rinks. Vancouver – still none.) If you want to travel a little farther, Pattisons North in Spokane and Oaks Park in Porland, OR (the oldest rink in the US!) are also outstanding.
Well, where the heck can I skate in Vancouver?
With us! We try our best to put together regular roller skating events all over the Lower Mainland. We currently aim for once a month, but finding affordable venues that allow roller skates on the floor is a huge challenge in Vancouver. (If you happen to have an empty warehouse lying around, let us know!)
Yes, we do skate outside, but in Vancouver it’s very seasonal. 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. The Stanley Park Seawall is our #1 choice for intermediate to advanced skaters to get outside and skate. (Don’t forget your saftey gear!)