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Skating

Public skating

Schedules

The City of Ottawa offers a searchable public skating schedule. Personalize your search and find a public skating schedule that works for you.

Schedules and fees may be subject to change.

Admissions

Please note that our public skating is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Pre-purchasing a ticket does not guarantee your admission.

Schedules and fees are subject to change.

Recreation complexes with arenas

Recreation complexes with arenas will continue to accept cash, debit/ credit, memberships, and/ or pre-purchased tickets:

Stand-alone arenas

Stand-alone arenas will be able to accept cash in the form of exact change only, pre-purchased tickets and/ or membership for the 2017/18 skating season:

Cash

Stand-alone arenas will accept cash in the form of exact change only. This option allows clients to attend public skating without purchasing a ticket or membership in advance, from a Recreation centre or a Client Service Centre. Make sure to have the exact amount of cash with you, the skate attendant cannot make change.

Fees

Public Skating Ticket Fees

  • Free - Children (2 & under)
  • $1.75 - Children (3-4 yrs)
  • $2.75 - Children over 5, Students, Youth, Adults and Seniors
  • $7.25 - Children and Parent(s) (2 adults and dependent children)

Specialty Skating Ticket Fees

Specialty skating tickets may be redeemed for shiny hockey, pick up hockey, figure skating or speed skating

  • $2.75 - Children & Youth
  • $6.25 - Adults & Seniors

Memberships

  • A general skating membership gives you access to all general public skating sessions.
  • A specialized skating membership gives you access to all specialized skating sessions.
General skating sessions (Public, Family, Adult, 50+)
Age Group 1 year 6 months 3 months 1 Month
Children 3 to 4 years $ 52.75 $ 35.25 $ 19.50 $ 9.75

Child 5+,
Youth, Students, Adults and
Seniors

$ 119.25 $ 66 $ 36.25 $ 19
Children and Parents $ 307.25 $ 183 $ 107.50 $ 57.50
Specialized skating sessions
Activity Age Group 6 months 3 months 1 month
Shinny Hockey Child 5+,
Youth, Students
$ 66 $ 36.25 $ 19
Pick-up Hockey Adults and Seniors $ 153 $ 83.50 $ 42.25

More information on purchasing memberships can be found here: Ottawa.ca/en/buy-membership

General skating sessions

Public skating

Public skating is designated as a leisure skating session for patrons of all ages. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice during this session. It is mandatory that all skaters ten years of age and under as well as any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated. CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants over 12 months. Stroller participants, who are between 0 and 12 months of age, must be safely secured in their stroller.

Family skating

Family skating is a leisure skating session designated for parents, seniors and younger children. All preschoolers, newborn to five years old and children six to 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 and over during this session. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice during this session. Children and youth without parents will be referred to Public Skating sessions. It is mandatory that all skaters ten years of age and under as well as any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated. CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants over 12 months. Stroller participants, who are between 0 and 12 months of age, must be safely secured in their stroller.

Adult skating

Adult skating is a leisure skating session for adults 19 to 64 and seniors 65 years and older. It is mandatory that any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated.

Seniors skating

Seniors skating is a leisure skating session for adults 50 years and older. It is mandatory that any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated.

Unsupervised skate

Unsupervised skate sessions are designated non-prime, skating sessions, typically offered at rural arenas at no charge. On-ice supervision is not available. A responsible adult 18 years of age must accompany children under 16 years of age. It is mandatory that all skaters ten years of age and under as well as any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated. CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants over 12 months. Stroller participants, who are between 0 and 12 months of age, must be safely secured in their stroller.

Specialized skating sessions

Pick-up hockey – Adults 18+ / Adults 35+

Pick-up hockey – Adults 18+ / Adults 35+ is a drop-in session for adults 18+ and for adults 35 years and older. It is mandatory that all participants wear full hockey equipment including a certified multi-impact helmet. However, it is highly recommended that participants wear a full-face mask. These sessions are offered on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 20 players and 2 goalies per session.

Shinny hockey

Shinny hockey is a drop-in session for children (ages 6 to 12) and youth (ages 13 to 17). It is mandatory that all participants wear a certified multi-impact helmet with full facemask. Gloves, neck protector and stick are also mandatory for shinny hockey sessions. These sessions are offered on a first come first serve basis with a maximum of 24 players and 4 goalies per session for Child Shinny and 20players and 2 goalies for youth Shinny.

Figure skating

Figure skating is for recreational figure skaters who wish to practice individual skating skills, freestyle and stroking elements. No instruction provided. It is mandatory that all skaters ten years of age and under as well as any new or weak skaters of any age wear a certified multi-impact helmet during all skating sessions.

Rules of Conduct (indoor public skating)

Glide Your Way to Fun and Fitness!

Patrons are asked to obey the following rules to ensure a safe and pleasant skating experience:

Respect staff at all times. When the whistle sounds, listen to and follow staff instructions. Report all accidents or injuries to staff immediately.It is mandatory that all skaters ten years of age and under as well as any new or weak skaters of any age wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions. Skaters with medical conditions requiring a modified or specialized helmet will be accommodated.It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a CSA approved helmet during skating sessions.Only persons wearing skates are permitted on the ice surface.Skate at a sensible and safe speed in the same direction as other skaters. The middle of the ice surface is reserved for children and less confident skaters.Pucks or sticks are reserved for Pick Up and Shinny hockey sessions and are not permitted during skating sessions.During supervised skating sessions, children age 7 and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person age 16 or older. During unsupervised skating sessions, skaters age 15 and under must be accompanied by a skater age 16 or older. Users of City facilities are personally responsible for ensuring that they are fit to participate in physical activities.  Anyone with a condition affecting his/her ability to participate must take appropriate safety precautions to ensure his/her own safety and is encouraged to be accompanied by an adult who is knowledgeable about their condition.

The following activities are not permitted on the ice at any time; such behaviour could result in immediate removal from the facility.

Carrying children (including baby carriers).The use of headsets, cell phones or hand-held electronic devices.Food and drinks. Rough play, speed and figure skating and multiplayer games (i.e. tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour.

Wheelchairs, Strollers and Skating Aids

Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid during Family and Public skating sessions.Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted during Family and Public skating sessions, with the accompaniment of a responsible person age 16 or older with skates on. CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants over 12 months.Stroller participants, who are between 0 and 12 months of age, must be safely secured in their stroller.Wheels must be cleaned of sand and salt prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.Wheelchair and stroller users are asked to use the perimeter of the ice closest to the boards.

Pick Up Hockey Sessions:

It is mandatory that adults age 18 and older wear full hockey equipment including a CSA approved helmet. However, it is highly recommended that participants wear a full-face mask.

Shinny Hockey Sessions:

It is mandatory that children and youth under the age of 18 wear a CSA approved helmet with full-face mask, gloves and neck protector.Only pucks provided by City of Ottawa are permitted.Staff will determine teams based on equal skill, referee the activity and encourage team play.

To ensure the safety of all patrons:

The time allocated for Public skating sessions may be reduced in order to accommodate ice maintenance.Staff are responsible for safe skating conditions and will make the final decision, relative to safety considerations.

Public Skating Information: ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2854

Outdoor rinks

Join in the winter fun at one of the City of Ottawa’s 250+ outdoor rinks!

If you have any issues or concerns please contact the Seasonal Recreation desk at 613-580-2590 or at seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca

Lansdowne Park skating court

Lansdowne Park, east of Aberdeen Pavilion
450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Ottawa
  • Weather permitting, the Lansdowne Skating Court is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.  
  • The heated changing facility is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. Bring your own skates - no skate rental services available.
  • Parking: On-street parking available nearby. A commercial parking lot is available on site, accessible from both the Bank Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive entrances.

Sens Rink of Dreams

Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West

Enjoy skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated Sens Rink of Dreams!

  • The Sens Rink of Dreams is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm, weather-permitting.
  • The heated changing facility is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.   
  • To make your visit enjoyable, review the rink’s rules of conduct . 
  • Afterwards, grab a delicious, local favourite: Beavertails, and take a tour inside City Hall to visit the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Karsh-Masson Gallery.  Galleries are free of charge.

About the Sens Rink of Dreams

  • The Construction of the Rink of Dreams was funded by the Sens Foundation, Hockey Canada and the City of Ottawa along with local partners and construction companies
  • The 12,500 square foot oval ice surface is one of the largest outdoor rinks in the City
  • The rink features LED lighting, a heated change hut and picnic tables and benches
  •  It operates annually from November to March seven days a week and serves as a community space during the spring and summer months
  •  The City works closely with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other organizers to complement the many festivals and events in the downtown core
  • The ribbon was cut on opening night: January 25, 2012.

Ben Franklin Place skating rink

Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Skating rink and the heated change facility.
  • Open daily from 11 am to 8 pm, weather permitting.  
  • New Year's Eve - closed at 10 pm.  

Volunteer opportunities at outdoor rinks

Make a difference in your community! Join hundreds of volunteers who devote their time to provide access to winter activities for all.

We are looking for community members to operate or support neighbourhood outdoor rinks. Grants are available to assist you in this endeavour.

Ways to get involved:

  • Apply to operate an outdoor rink
  • Assist with the maintenance of the ice surface
  • Volunteer a few hours a week to supervise the rinks and field house
  • Help to run weekly children's programs
  • Help organize a winter carnival at your rink

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a community outdoor rink operator or volunteer, please call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or e-mail us at seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Permits and guidelines

How to book an outdoor rink:

In order to reserve  ice time at an outdoor rink, please review the permit guidelines and complete the permit request form. Rink operators will contact you  to confirm your booking.

When requesting a permit please understand that the outdoor rink season is weather dependent. Changes in weather may impact the ability to honour your booking. Traditionally, the outdoor rink season runs from mid to late December until mid-February.

Bookings must be submitted 5 working days in advance of the requested date(s).

Outdoor rinks are operated by local community volunteers through a purchase of service agreement with the City of Ottawa. Operators devote their time and energy to maintain your local outdoor rink on behalf of the community. The use of these rink surfaces is offered free of charge to residents. In order to ensure that a good relationship is maintained between the community operator and your group, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

Permit guidelines

  • The City of Ottawa recommends a minimum of 12 skaters be present throughout your allotted time of use.
  • Permits are issued for specific dates and times, and they are non-transferable.
  • Rinks may be closed due to inclement weather during the time specified on the permit. To find out if the rink is open, the permit holder should contact the rink operator.
  • Please refrain from skating during mild weather as this is a safety hazard and will damage the ice.
  • A permit may be cancelled if participants do not show up for their allotted time period on two consecutive occasions.  Please inform your rink operator in advance if you intend to miss your scheduled time of use.
  • Your rink attendant may ask to see a copy of your permit, please bring a copy to the rink.
  • Permit holders must follow the direction of the rink attendant and/or the representative of the City of Ottawa.
  • Only a responsible adult is to have access to the field house or change station (if applicable). Keys are not to be duplicated. The key holder is responsible for the changing facility and supervision during the permit time (see #13 below for more information).
  • Children under 10 must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • All users must scrape and clear the ice at the end of their permitted time. It may be necessary to scrape/clear the ice prior to your rental time.. Please ensure the scrapers/shovels are returned to the facility.
  • It is highly recommended that all users wear a CSA approved helmet while using the rink.
  • To assist community operators with ice maintenance, please ensure snow banks around un-boarded ice surfaces are left intact and that snow is completely shovelled over the boards at boarded rinks.
  • All rinks are closed after 11 pm in compliance with the “Noise By-Law”. Lights are turned off  at this time (through a timer or manually).
  • When leaving the site, please ensure that: 
    • All scrapers and shovels are returned to the facility.
    • The windows are closed and locked.
    • The lights are turned off.
    • The doors are secured and locked.
    • The facility is clean.

For school permits only

  • Students must be under adult supervision at all times, on the ice surface and in the facility.
  • Please record daily attendance on provided forms and forward by fax or e-mail at the end of February. Fax (613-580-2591) or e-mail to Carmen.Renaud@ottawa.ca the total attendance for the season.

Thank you for your cooperation. Happy skating!

Rules of conduct (outdoor rinks)

All visitors to the outdoor rinks are asked to abide by the following rules of conduct.

Patrons using the rink do so at their own risk and voluntarily assume all risk associated with any sport or event. The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries

Rules of Conduct

  • Please follow all direction from rink attendants and City of Ottawa staff
  • Follow all instruction from staff at supervised sites. Report all accidents, injuries, misconduct and foul-language to staff immediately.
  • It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a CSA approved helmet while on the ice.
  • Respect the rink skating schedule as posted.
  • Stay off the rink during inclement or mild weather.
  • Children age 7 and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person aged 16 or older.
  • Users of City facilities are personally responsible for ensuring they are fit to participate in physical activities. Anyone with a condition affecting his/her ability to participate must take appropriate safety precautions to ensure his/her own safety and is encouraged to be accompanied by an adult who is knowledgeable about their condition.

Prohibited Activities

The following behaviour are not permitted and could result in immediate removal from the park:

  • Carrying children while on the ice surface (including baby carriers).
  • Smoking or loitering on the ice or near the facility.
  • Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.
  • Accessing the park and rink between 11 pm and 6 am.
  • The sale and distribution of any products or services anywhere in the park, unless authorized by the City.
  • Alcohol or drug use anywhere on City property.
  • Rough play, speed and figure skating, and multiplayer games (i.e. tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour.

Wheelchairs, Strollers and Skating Aids

  • Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted during skating sessions, with the accompaniment of a responsible person age 16 or older with skates on.
  • CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.
  • Wheels must be cleaned of sand and salt prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.

Hockey and Ringette 

Hockey or ringette may only be played on boarded rinks or at sites where a separate non-boarded surface has been established specifically for hockey and ringette.

  • It is highly recommended that all participants wear a CSA approved helmet with full-face mask, hockey gloves and a neck protector.
  • Use of hockey sticks, pucks and balls are not permitted on ice surfaces adjacent to boarded surfaces.
  • Keep pucks down on the boarded rink surface to prevent injury to spectators and players.

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Locations and supervised hours

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa outdoor rink locations. The number of rinks listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on an outdoor rink will display more information about that location.

Outdoor rink information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Recreational skating school

The Recreational Skating School offers a variety of learning opportunities for every preference and skating level.

Additional programs include: I Love to Skate, Autism Pilot and special arrangements with schools and businesses.

  • The school offers classes at nine locations: Bernard-Grandmâitre Arena, Brewer Arena, J.A. Dulude Arena, Jim Durrell Complex, McNabb Arena, Barbara Ann Scott Arena (Pinecrest R.C.), Tom Brown Arena, Sandy Hill Arena and Jack Charron Arena.
  • Classes are offered every day of the week and all ages are welcome (2 years and up).
  • Private lessons (one-on-one instruction by a certified instructor for 25 or 50 minutes) are available.
  • Skills covered will depend on participant’s level.
  • For private lesson registration information please call 613-580-2424 ext. 41460.  
  • CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all skaters.

Register now if you want to learn, improve or master the skill of skating. Register online or call 613-580-2596 for more information.

Descriptions

Recreational skating school
Age Group Class Length
(min)
Description
2 to 4 years Frosty Blades 25

Get acquainted with the ice, standing and shuffling. An adult on skates with some skating experience must accompany the toddler for each lesson. Once passed, register in snowgliders or just you and me.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters, including the adult. A full face mask is highly recommended.

3 to 4 years Just You N’ Me  50

Learn to skate for the non-skater. An adult on skates with some skating experience must accompany the child for the first three lessons. Once passed, register in kindergliders. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters, including the adult. A full face mask is highly recommended.

4 to 5 years Snowgliders  25

Learn to skate for children who are new to ice. Children should be comfortable without parental involvement. Once passed, register in kindergliders, junior intro to ice or junior gliders. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters. A full face mask is highly recommended.

4 to 5 years Kindergliders  50

Learn to skate program for children with some skating experience. Work through 5 levels and receive a badge based on ability. Learn forward skating and stopping skills. Once passed all 5 levels, register in junior gliders. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters. A full face mask is highly recommended.

6 to 12 years Junior Intro to Ice  50

Learn to skate for children who are new to ice or have limited skating experience. Learn correct forward skating and stopping skills. Once passed, register in Junior Gliders. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters. A full face mask is highly recommended.

6 to 12 years Junior Gliders 50

For children who can skate forward and beyond. Levels 1-5. Skills may include backwards skating, one foot gliding, and two foot turns. Once passed all 5 levels, register in senior gliders.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters. A full face mask is highly recommended.

8 to 12 years Senior Gliders  50 For skaters that have passed all 5 levels of the Junior Gliders program. Skills may include backwards crosscuts, one foot turns and waltz jumps. Once passed all 4 levels, register in mastergliders.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.
8 to 14 years Child Mastergliders 50

For young skaters who have completed the Senior Gliders program. Work towards figure skating goals including edgework, spirals, and one foot spins.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

15 to 17 years Teen Beginner 50

For teens who can skate forward and beyond. Skills include backward skating, one foot gliding and two foot turns. Once passed all 5 levels, register in intermediate.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

15 to 17 years Teen Intermediate 50

Emphasis placed on increased technical skills (e.g. backwards crosscuts and one foot turns).  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

15 to 17 years Teen Mastergliders 50

For young skaters who have completed the Senior Gliders program. Work towards figure skating goals including edgework, spirals, and one foot spins.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

18+ years Adult Intro to Ice 50

A learn to skate program for adults who are new to ice or have limited skating experience. Learn how to fall and get up safely, skate forward and stop. Once passed, register in adult beginner. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

18+ years Adult Beginners 50

For adults who can skate forward and beyond. Skills include backward skating, one foot gliding and two foot turns. Once passed all 5 levels, register in adult intermediate.  A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

18+ years Adult Intermediate 50

Emphasis placed on increased technical skills (e.g. backwards crosscuts and one foot turns. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

2 to 14 years and 15+ years Semi Private Lessons 25 Two on one instruction by a certified instructor. Skills to be taught dependent on the client's level. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.
2 to 14 years and 15+ years Private Lessons 25

One on one instruction by a certified instructor. Skills to be taught dependent on the client's level. A CSA approved hockey helmet is mandatory for all skaters.

Last minute ice

 You can now find and buy last-minute ice time online at your convenience. Last-minute ice is a period which you can buy one to fifteen days in advance at a discounted rate. At this time, anyone wishing to purchase ice the same day, please contact us directly by e-mail with the message SAME DAY ICE in the subject line.

Last minute ice is final sale. You can find information, including rates, on the Rental information page, under arenas.

Arena information

How to rent ice

Casual bookings are done on a first-come-first-served basis once the seasonal allocation process is completed. Rates, availability, and more information can be found on the Rental information page.

Staff is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by phone at 613-580-2595 or by e-mail at sports@ottawa.ca.

Arena locations

Arena locations can be found on the Recreation facilities page.

Trick or Swim or Skate

Trick or Swim or Skate

Give the ghosts and goblins at your door a treat this Halloween that they are sure to love! During the month of October, the City of Ottawa is offering Trick or Swim or Skate tickets as a healthy and fun alternative to the traditional candy overload.

Kids ages three to 15 can redeem their ticket from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 during regularly scheduled public or family swims and skates at City pools and select arenas.

Tickets are not valid for wave swims.

Tickets are on sale starting October 1, 2017 and are affordably priced at only $10 for 10 tickets.

Participating locations

Tickets are available for purchase at the following locations: