Whether you want to learn to skate or pick up some hockey skills, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Programs run throughout the year. Find out how to register for recreation programs.

Helmet Requirement

The CSA logo. There is a stylized S and A surrounded by the C.
Look for the CSA logo when shopping for a helmet.

All participants – including early years, children, youth, adults and/or older adults – who participate in all levels of learn to skate, hockey, shinny hockey, figure skate, power skate or goalie programs are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.

Faceguards are mandatory for participants in early years instructional programs and children and youth in hockey programs. Caregivers who are required to accompany their child(ren) on ice are also required to wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet.

Learn to Skate programs are available for everyone. Our five-tiered curriculum encourages learning at any level at a comfortable pace.

Prerequisites

For each program, the description will list any prerequisites. Proof may be requested before starting a program.

Equipment

Mandatory

  • sharpened skates
  • CSA approved hockey helmet with all helmet straps
  • full face guard for participants under five years of age

Recommended

  • mouth guards
  • neck guards
  • warm clothing, including gloves or mittens.
  • winter coats
  • snow pants or water-resistant pants

Hockey Skills programs are a great way to enhance skills from Learn to Skate lessons.

Prerequisites

Hockey Skills programs are not Learn to Skate programs. Participants require the ability to skate with speed and have the ability to stop, stand and turn.

Equipment

Preschool, Child and Youth Hockey Programs

Mandatory
  • CSA approved hockey helmet with full face guard
  • neck guard
  • gloves
  • hockey stick
  • skates
Recommended
  • full equipment

Adult Hockey Programs

Mandatory
  • CSA approved hockey helmet
  • neck guard
  • hockey stick
  • skates
Recommended
  • full equipment

Power Skating Programs

Mandatory
  • CSA approved hockey helmet
    • participants under 13 years of age must have a full face guard
  • hockey gloves
  • hockey stick
  • skates
Recommended
  • neck guard
  • full equipment
  • full face guard for participants 13 years and up

Goalie Skills Program

Mandatory
  • full goalie equipment

The City offers beginner Figure Skating lessons to children and youth at several locations. Participants are introduced to the various elements of figure skating including spins, jumps, footwork, dance and music choreography.

Prerequisites

Participants must have completed the Learn to Skate Level 4 or have equivalent skating experience.

Equipment

Mandatory

  • CSA approved hockey helmet or CSA approved Figure Skate helmet

Proper fitting lace-up single blade skates are required. A guideline for buying skates is to look for skates one size smaller than shoe size. New skates aren’t sharpened and will need sharpening before the first class.

Wear warm comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, like water-resistant pants, non-bulky jackets and warm gloves.

Items not allowed on the ice:

  • bike helmets
  • bobskates
  • broken helmets
  • double bladed skates
  • speed skates
  • shoes
  • shorts
  • utility helmets

The sport of Sledge Hockey was designed for people with physical disabilities, typically below the waist, to play the game of ice hockey. This program is for participants who have special needs and no or limited Sledge Hockey experience.

For more information, see Accessible Recreation or call the Adapted & Integrated Unit at 416-397-4923.

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