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Outdoor rinks

Refrigerated ice surfaces

The City has four refrigerated ice surfaces:

Each rink operates on it’s own schedule, typically between November and April. Their operating season is weather-dependant, so please check back here for updates.

no skating

Ben Franklin Place skating rink

Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink is closed

Outdoor rink locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's outdoor rinks. The number of rinks listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. 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. Click on a rink for more information about that location. Outdoor rink information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Outdoor skating rink rules

Please follow the rules to ensure a safe and pleasant skating experience.

  • Use the rink at your own risk. You voluntarily assume all risk associated with any sport or event. The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for any related risks or injuries.
  • Follow all direction from rink attendants and City staff.
  • 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 posted schedule.
  • Stay off the rink during inclement or mild weather.
  • Children seven years and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years or older.
  • You are personally responsible to ensure you are fit to participate in physical activities.
  • Anyone with a condition affecting their ability to participate must take appropriate safety precautions to ensure their safety and are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult who understands their condition.

The following activities are not permitted at outdoor rinks. These activities could result in you being asked to leave the facility.

  • Carrying children on the ice (including baby carriers).
  • Smoking or loitering on the ice or near the facility.
  • Bringing food or drinks on the ice.
  • Accessing the park or rink between 11 pm and 6 am.
  • Selling or distributing products or services anywhere in the park, unless authorized by the City.
  • Using alcohol or drugs on City property.
  • Rough play, speed and figure skating, and multiplayer games (such as 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, when accompanied by a responsible person 16 years or older wearing skates.
  • Babies must be secured in their strollers.
  • CSA-approved helmets are required for people in wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Clean sand and salt off wheels before getting on the ice.

Hockey and ringette

  • Hockey and ringette can only be played on boarded rinks or at sites where a separate non-boarded surface has been built specifically for those sports.
  • It is highly recommended that all participants wear a CSA-approved helmet with full-face masks, hockey gloves and neck protectors.
  • Hockey sticks, pucks and balls are not permitted on ice surfaces next to boarded surfaces.
  • Keep pucks down on the boarded rink surface to prevent injuries to spectators and players.

Volunteer at an outdoor rink

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.

How to get involved

  • Operate an outdoor rink
  • Assist with the maintenance of the ice surface
  • Supervise the rinks and field house
  • Run weekly children's programs
  • Organize a winter carnival at your rink

For more information or to become a community outdoor rink operator or volunteer, please call 613-580-2590 or email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Book an outdoor rink

Outdoor rinks are free to use. The permit request form will be available online in the coming weeks, when the weather is suitable for establishing ice.

Ottawa’s outdoor rink season depends on the weather. Changes in it may affect your booking. Traditionally, the outdoor rink season runs from mid- to late-December until mid-February.

Outdoor rinks are operated by local community volunteers through a service agreement with the City. Operators devote their time and energy to maintain local outdoor rinks on behalf of the community.

Permit guidelines

  • The City recommends a minimum of 12 skaters be present throughout your allotted time.
  • Permits are issued for specific dates and times. They are not transferable.
  • Rinks may be closed due to inclement weather during the time specified on the permit. To find out if the rink is open, contact the rink operator.
  • Please refrain from skating during mild weather. 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 on two consecutive occasions. Please contact your rink operator if you will miss your scheduled time.
  • Bring a copy of your permit to the rink.
  • Follow the direction of the rink attendant and/or the City representative.
  • Only a responsible adult can have access to the field house or change station (if applicable). Keys cannot be duplicated. The key holder is responsible for the changing facility and supervision during the permit time.
  • Children 10 years and under must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Scrape and clear the ice at the end of your booking. You may need to scrape or clear the ice before your rental time.
  • It is highly recommended that all users wear a CSA-approved helmet while using the rink.
  • Leave snow banks around un-boarded ice surfaces intact and ensure snow is completely shovelled over the boards at boarded rinks.
  • All rinks close at 11 pm. Lights are turned off at this time.
  • When leaving the location, please ensure that:
    • All scrapers and shovels are returned to the facility.
    • Windows are closed and locked.
    • Lights are turned off.
    • Doors are secured and locked.
    • The facility is clean.

Guidelines for school permits

  • Students must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Please record daily attendance on the forms provided and send the total attendance for the season at the end of February by fax to 613-580-2591 or email to seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.