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Outdoor rinks

Capacity limits

Effective December 26, 2021: Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has issued a Letter of Instruction limiting the number of people at outdoor recreational facilities, such as ice rinks. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum capacity is 25 people at one time or fewer in order to maintain a two metre distance.  At sledding hills and on trails for skating, walking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the 25-person limit applies at points of potential congestion such as entrances, parking lots, changing areas, outdoor rental counters and trailheads.

Two-metre physical distancing rules apply. Indoor change rooms and clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public. Masking rules apply.

Please be considerate and limit your stay if others are waiting.

Refrigerated ice surfaces

COVID-19 safety measures

  • Masks are required when lacing up your skates.
  • Masks are not mandatory while skating but are highly recommended. 
  • Skaters who are not from the same household must keep two metres apart on and off the ice.

Reservations

The City has four refrigerated ice surfaces. 

Spots will be available for reservation as of January 8 at 6 pm at the links below. 

At Ben Franklin Place, Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink, and Lansdowne Skating Court, reservations are only required during peak times. 

Please note: 

  • Reservations are required for admittance as of January 10 for refrigerated ice surfaces.
  • Reservations can be made up to two days in advance with new spots opening at 6 pm daily.
  • Those who have made a reservation must show a copy of their confirmation email upon entry, either on a mobile device or on a printed-out paper.
  • Skate sessions are 45 minutes long.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your reservation begins.
  • If you arrive later than 5 minutes after your scheduled start time, your spot may be given to another individual.
  • We ask that you please fill out this form to cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend.

Each rink operates on its own schedule, typically between November and April. Their operating season is weather dependent, so please check back for updates.

Capacity limits

Effective December 24, 2021: The four City outdoor refrigerated rinks each have their own capacity limits. 

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink (Canterbury)

Capacity

  • public skating - 54
  • ice sports - 20

Reserve at Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink (Canterbury) during peak times

  • Monday to Friday, 4 to 10 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm

More information

Lansdowne Park skating court

Capacity - 30

Reserve at Lansdowne Park skating court during peak times

  • Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm

More information

Rink of Dreams (City Hall)

Capacity - 58

Reserve at Rink of Dreams (City Hall)

  • Daily, 11 am to 11 pm

More information

Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink (101 Centrepointe Drive)

Capacity - 60

Schedule:

  • Daily, 7 am to 9 pm (weather permitting)

Reserve at Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink (101 Centrepointe Drive)

  • Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm

Please obey the following rules to ensure a safe and pleasant skating experience:

  • Follow the capacity limits posted on-site and do not go on the ice when the rink is at capacity.
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from others not in your household, at all times.
  • Masking is highly recommended at all times.
  • Masks are required when lacing up your skates.
  • Indoor change rooms and indoor clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public.
  • Follow instructions from City of Ottawa staff at all times when the rink is supervised.
  • Report all accidents, injuries, misconduct, and foul-language to staff immediately.
  • Children 10 years and under are required to wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. We recommend that all skaters (especially new skaters) wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. Bicycle, ski and snowsport helmets are not permitted.It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a certified multi-impact helmet while on the ice.
  • Children aged 10 and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years of age or older.
  • Respect the rink skating schedule as posted.
  • Stay off the rink during inclement weather or when staff are clearing snow or watering the ice surface.
  • 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.

The following activities are not permitted. Such behaviour could result in immediate removal from the rink:

  • The use of hockey sticks, pucks and balls are not permitted on the ice surface.
  • 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.
  • Skating or any other activities in the park between 11 pm and 5 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. hockey, tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour.

Wheelchairs, Strollers and Skating Aids:

  • Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid.
  • Certified multi-impact helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.
  • Sand and salt must be removed from wheels prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.

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.

In the event of an emergency, immediately contact staff. If staff are not available call 9-1-1.

Ben Franklin Place skating rink

Ben Franklin Place skating rink is open

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 rink lighting

In order to continue growing as an environmentally-conscious leader, the City of Ottawa is in the process of upgrading its parks to more environmentally-conscious infrastructure. This includes a push-button light system, which helps conserve hydro when the park is not in use. When using your local rink, please push the labelled button for the park lights, and enjoy!

Outdoor skating rink rules

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

  • Follow the capacity limits posted on-site and do not go on the ice when the rink is at capacity.
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from others not in your household, at all times.
  • Masking is highly recommended at all times.
  • Indoor change rooms and indoor clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public.
  • No hockey sticks, pucks or other team sports are permitted on unboarded rinks.
  • Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 12 skaters on puddle rinks.
  • 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.

  • Hockey and other team sports are not permitted on unboarded surfaces.
  • Carrying children on the ice (including baby carriers).
  • Dogs are not permitted on outdoor rinks. Salt from paws damage the ice surface.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Book an outdoor rink

Outdoor rinks are free to use. Submit a permit request form five to fifteen business days before the requested date(s). A rink operator will contact you to confirm your booking.

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 email to seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.