Centre de glaces Intact Assurance is now open!
Quebec City, August 28, 2021 - The City of Québec inaugurated the Centre de glaces Intact Assurance in the middle of the opening festivities. On this occasion, citizens were able to discover the quality of the sports facilities, appreciate the impressive sculpture installed near the main entrance and take a swing on the Olympic-sized rink.
“The long-awaited opening of the Intact Insurance Ice Centre is finally here," said Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City. It will allow everyone to train and have fun in a modern and safe environment, in addition to promoting our region on the international sports scene. I am very happy today that my first commitment as mayor is finally taking shape. I would like to thank the government partners for their enthusiastic support, as well as the Management Corporation for its excellent work and Intact Insurance for agreeing to join this great project."
"The Corporation de gestion du Centre de glaces de Québec salutes the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, an indispensable instigator of this project since the beginning, the City of Québec and all its employees who have delivered a building that perfectly meets the needs of skaters and athletes. Our mission is to ensure the programming of the venue and we already have a busy schedule with our many partners. We are looking to the future and are confident that we will maximize opportunities for all Intact Insurance Ice Centre clients, whether they are from the agglomeration, the province, the country or the international community," said Denis Servais, Chairman of the Board.
Skating preview for visitors
The public was obviously eager to take to the Olympic-sized rink, as all seats were quickly reserved. Most of the time slots for visiting the equipment were also filled. The quality of the ice surface of the l'anneau Gaétan-Boucher meets the highest international standards. Its manufacture required expertise to guarantee the best possible slide for speed skaters. The attention to detail to obtain an ice surface of exactly one inch high is essential. Also, only demineralized water was used.
A work of art in constant metamorphosis
In front of the main entrance of the Centre de glaces Intact Assurance , a huge deconstructed metal sphere reflects the movements of visitors. Entitled Speed Factor, and the blue sky is upside down, the artwork was created by Quebec City artist Marc-Antoine Côté. Depending on the time of day or the seasons, the sculpture is in constant change. In addition to the reflection of the building, one can see the blue of the sky, the green of the grass or the white of the snow. By moving around it, the spectators themselves create colorful and vivid images: their reflection can reach both the infinitely large and the infinitely small, and even reverse depending on the angle of view. The work thus becomes a playful object, a source of fascination. It was realized thanks to the Politique d'intégration des arts à l'architecture et à l'environnement of gouvernement du Québec.
Free activities begin in September
Starting in September, citizens will be able to enjoy the new facilities. The time slots for free activities, for residents of the Quebec City agglomeration, will gradually open until the Thanksgiving vacation, before reaching a minimum of 21 hours per week, including 14 during peak hours on the ice rink. Citizens of the agglomeration can create their annual pass for free by visiting the following link. The sub ion is at a modest cost for non-residents. Time slots will also be made available for sports clubs. In addition, several sports activities such as hockey, ringette, figure skating and speed skating for the fall-winter 2021-2022 season will be held there.