Saturday, November 16, 2013

CBC's 'Battle of the Blades' Season 4 Finale, Vancouver's Robson Square Ice Rink opens

After hours at the Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Winter Olympics
Photo by Sue Frause

The finale of the fourth season of CBC's Battle of the Blades is Sunday night, November 17, 2013. The popular show premiered two months ago after a two-year hiaturs, and features eight couples competing at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. 

The couples are comprised of former NHL hockey players paired with female figure skating professionals. Ron MacLean is the show's host, and the judges include Kurt Browning, Jamie Sale and P.J. Stock.

In addition to voting by the judges, viewer voting is done online (telephone and texting were eliminated this season). Each unregistered visitor gets one vote, while registered visitors may earn additional votes by filling out a profile and participating in other activities on the website.
If you're headed to Vancouver, BC this holiday season -- pack your ice skates. The Robson Square Ice Rink opened on November 15, 2013 and will run through February 28, 2014.

It's free to skate, and if you don't have your own blades, they'll rent you a pair. Cost is $4. Keep in mind that helmets are mandatory for children 12 and under (helmets are also available to rent). Cash only for both rentals and the concession stand. Here are the regular hours; during the holidays they will vary, check the website for special hours: 

  • Sunday-Thursday | 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday-Saturday |  9 AM to 11 PM

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