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Outdoor rinks

Refrigerated ice surfaces

Beginning April 3, outdoor rinks will be closed for the season.

Outdoor rink locations

The outdoor rink season ends on February 28, 2021. Community rinks operated by volunteers may not be maintained beyond this date. We look forward to inviting you to skate again during the 2021/2022 season!

Due to COVID-19 the following safety measures will be implemented:

  • There is a 25-person capacity limit in effect at all outdoor community rinks beginning January 8 at 5 pm. Please limit your time during busy periods. By-law and Regulatory Services has deployed a dedicated team of officers to proactively monitor these areas.  
  • No hockey sticks, pucks or other team sports are permitted on puddle rinks.
  • Skaters must maintain a two-metre distance from people outside their household.
  • Masks are mandatory within 15 metres (50 ft) distance of the edge of the ice surface. 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.
  • Participants entering indoor spaces must review a COVID-19 health screening acknowledgement and provide contact tracing information.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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

Thank you for your interest in booking an outdoor rink! The rink season has ended for 2020/2021. The form will be reposted next winter, when we are ready to open the rinks for the 2021/2022 season!

Ottawa’s outdoor rink season depends on the weather. Changes in it may affect your booking.

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.