Drop in to a skating rink near you. Visit Skating, Figure Skating and Hockey Lessons for information on registered programs.

Most indoor rinks (arenas) open for fall/winter and close in late March to late April. Outdoor artificial ice rinks typically open in late November and close for the season in March.

Everyone on the ice must wear skates.

Check the map or the outdoor rink status page to see if an outdoor artificial ice rink is open. Depending on the weather, rinks may be closed.

After any heavy snowfall, the artificial ice rinks will close due to cleanup. The City operates more than 50 outdoor rink locations in a typical season and crews work as quickly as they can to clean the ice and re-open the rink after a snowfall.

Sometimes on warm days, the City has to close some rinks temporarily until the weather cools down. This is due to the size and type of a rink’s refrigeration system and its ability to keep ice hard and smooth when temperatures rise above zero degrees Celsius. To check if a rink is open on a warm day, check the rink status or call 311.

Rinks are maintained by being flooded on a regular basis but schedules are adjusted daily to accommodate inclement weather, staffing issues, equipment breakdowns, permits/programs and heavy traffic conditions.

For Indoor Rinks (Arenas) and Outdoor Artificial Ice Rinks:

  • All drop-in programs are free.
  • Schedules and hours of operation vary.
  • Change rooms and lockers are available at most locations. Participants are encouraged to arrive fully dressed for their skate.

Skate Lending Library

In partnership with Desjardins Financial Group, City staff will be offering a free Skate Lending Library at select locations across the city where you can borrow:

  • skates
  • helmets
  • and skating aids

The program is free for all and no reservations are needed.

Rentals

Skate rentals are available at Nathan Phillips Square:

  • November 26, 2022 to March 19, 2023
  • Monday to Sunday,
  • 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Fees may apply

Most programs require skaters to wear a helmet. Visit the Helmet Requirements section for specific information.

Figure Skating

Designated drop-in skate for figure skaters six years and older. No private or commercial training is permitted. Participants must be mindful of their speed due to the ice being shared by multiple levels of skaters. Pair skating is not permitted.

Leisure Skate

Open skate for all ages. Shinny hockey, figure skating and speed-skating are not permitted during leisure skate.

Programs are supervised unless otherwise noted. Leisure skate types include:

  • Unsupervised: All ages. No supervision.
  • Older Adult. 60 years and older.
  • Adult. 18 years and older.
  • Youth. 13 to 24 years.
  • Child with Caregiver. Six to 12 years and their caregivers.
  • Early Years with Caregiver. Five years and under and their caregivers.
  • Family. For participants with disabilities and their family members, caregivers and/or personal care attendants.

Ringette (Pilot Program)

The City is introducing a ringette pilot program at seven locations this year. Ringette is similar to hockey but is played with a rubber ring and straight stick. The sport encourages sharing amongst team mates, as two passes need to be made before scoring on the net.

Residents six years and older are welcome to try this non-contact activity at one of these locations:

Search for your nearest location using the map and review the schedule. No registration is required.

Shinny

Shinny is an informal game of hockey played on ice. Full equipment is not required but it is recommended that participants wear their own hockey gloves and a neck guard.

Players must bring their own skates, sticks and pucks.

Other rules:

  • No goalies
  • No body contact
  • Keep the puck on the ice
  • No slap shots
  • Only one puck is allowed on the ice during a game

Programs are supervised unless otherwise noted. Shinny types include:

  • Unsupervised. All ages. No supervision.
  • Older Adult. 60 years and older.
  • Adult. 18 years and older.
  • Women. 18 years and older.
  • Youth. 13 to 24 years.
  • Youth (Girls). 13 to 24 years.
  • Child. Six to 12 years.
  • Child with Caregiver. Six to 12 years.
  • Child (Girls). Six to 12 years.
  • Child with Caregiver (Girls). Six to 12 years.
  • Early Years with Caregiver. Five years and under and their caregivers.

Speed Skating: Long Blade

For 18 years and older, this is a designated skate for long blade speed skating. All skaters must wear long blade skates. Shinny hockey or figure skating not permitted during this time.

Skate Activity Age Helmet Requirement
Figure Skating Six years Required. CSA-approved helmet that covers the back and sides of the head.

Recommended: CSA-approved hockey helmet.

Figure Skating Seven years and older Recommended. CSA-approved hockey helmet.
Leisure Skate Six years and under Required. CSA-approved helmet that covers the back and sides of the head.

Recommended: CSA-approved hockey helmet.

Leisure Skate Seven years and older Recommended. CSA-approved hockey helmet.
Ringette Six years and older Required. CSA-approved hockey helmet with visor or full cage.
Shinny 18 years and younger Required. CSA-approved hockey helmet with visor or full cage.
Shinny 19 years and older Required. CSA-approved hockey helmet.

Recommended: CSA-approved hockey helmet with visor or full cage helmet.

Speed Skating: Long Blade 18 years and older Recommended. CSA-approved helmet.

 

Sledges are available through Adapted and Inclusive Services. Visit the skating section of Accessible Recreation Facilities and Equipment to learn more and request access.

Skate aids are available at locations on a first come first serve basis, based on availability. Check with on-site staff if you require a skate aid.

Wheelchairs, both manual and powered, are allowed on the ice during leisure skate. Check with on-site staff on accessing the ice.

Strollers are allowed on the ice during supervised public and leisure skate times at rinks. Once at the rink, contact City staff for guidance before accessing the ice. Children are required to be properly secured in the stroller before entering the rink. Strollers should not be used as a skate aid.

Help us keep the ice clean and safe. If you are using a wheelchair, sledge, stroller or approved skate aid, please ensure they do not track salt or dirt onto the ice surface.

About 30 to 40 natural ice rinks in parkland are built by community volunteers each year. Availability and ice conditions can vary throughout the winter based on weather, snowfall and volunteer maintenance. Use at your own risk. We encourage all skaters to wear a helmet for safety.

Grenadier Pond and Other Open Bodies of Water

Skating on lagoons, the inner harbour and other open bodies of water is not allowed. Temperature changes, salt run-off and other factors can make the ice dangerous.