Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery is pleased to announce the official opening of the Great One’s rink, right here in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. It just wouldn’t be Wayne Gretzky’s without a backyard skating rink! Guests are invited to bring their skates, or rent a pair, and spend the afternoon in wine (and whisky) country. After a skate, warm up on The Whisky Bar Patio with a whisky-inspired hot beverage or cocktail, a glass of wine and Chef Frank Dodd’s winter menu.
Don’t worry, the patio has heaters, too. Skating admission is $5 per person and skate rentals are available in limited quantities for $10, plus taxes.
The rink will be open from December to March, weather permitting.
The Winery & Distillery (and skating rink) will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25th ) and New Year’s Day (January 1st). The rink will operate daily from 12 noon to 6 pm, occasionally closed due to private bookings.
Visit waynegretzkyestates.com for hours of operation and
skating rink rules.
Note that hockey sticks, pucks, balls or nets are not permitted during public skating hours, and helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and younger.
The rink spans 5,000 sq. ft. and doubles as a reflecting pond during the summer months. A loonie,placed by The Great One himself, is located in the concrete at center ice. Custom Ice Inc., based in Burlington, installed the 40,000 linear feet of Glycol tubes under the concrete floor in order to
create and maintain the ice rink. A 35 ton chiller will cool the antifreeze that circulates through the pipes. A fluid temperature of -10°C is needed to maintain ice at outdoor temperatures of -5°C. The system should be able to maintain ice up to 7°C.
Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery Wayne Gretzky wines celebrate excellence in winemaking across the country. Whether they’re made in the Okanagan or Niagara, they’re produced from the finest grapes and developed by some of the greatest winemakers in the country. The same soils that produce great grapes also grow grains that are used to produce the brand new Wayne Gretzky No 99 ‘Red Cask’ Canadian Whisky; whisky that is finished in red wine casks from the Gretzky winery.