As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, as of January 5, 2022, all indoor registered and drop-in programs are cancelled. Refunds will be issued.

Outdoor ice rinks are open. Outdoor registered and drop-in skating programs are ongoing. Washrooms and showers are available at select recreation centres.

Stay up-to-date on all changes to City services.

Some recreation programs require proof of full vaccination in order to participate. Find out who this affects and what is required on COVID-19: Proof of Vaccination.

Visit Skating for information on outdoor rinks.

Grenadier Pond and Other Open Bodies of Water

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

Natural Ice Rinks

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 and volunteer maintenance. Use at your own risk. We encourage all skaters to wear a helmet for safety.

Sledges and skate aids are available. Visit the skating section of Accessible Recreation Facilities and Equipment to learn more and request access.

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.

Safety and Helmets

  • Children aged six and under must wear a CSA-approved helmet that covers the back and sides of the head.
  • A CSA-approved hockey helmet is strongly recommended for children aged four to six.
  • Everyone on the ice must wear skates.
  • Please don’t figure skate, race or skate backward.

Pick-up/drop-in hockey and shinny and registered programs/lessons have their own set of rules.

Rink Status and Maintenance

Check the outdoor rink status to see if your rink is open. Depending on the weather, rinks may be closed.

After any heavy snowfall, the rinks will close due to clean up. The City operates more than 50 outdoor rinks 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, its physical location (north/south or east/west facing) and how much it is used. All of this factors into the ability to keep ice hard and smooth when temperatures rise above 0 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.