People of all ages can enjoy skating in Ottawa. City arenas have sessions designed for the young and the young at heart. Feel like putting those blades on and taking a glide? Browse our public skating schedules to find a time and place that works for you. Schedules and fees are subject to change.
General skating sessions
- Public skating: Leisure session for people of all ages. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice.
- Family skating: Leisure session for parents, seniors and children. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years and older. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice.
- Adult skating: Leisure session for adults 19 years and older.
- Seniors skating: Leisure session for adults 50 years and older.
Specialized skating sessions
Pick up hockey for adults 18 years and older and adults 35 years and older
- First-come, first-served with a maximum of 20 players and two goalies per session.
- It is mandatory for all players to wear full hockey equipment, including a CSA-approved multi-impact helmet. A full-face mask is recommended.
- Drop-in session for children (age six to 12) and youth (age 13 to 17).
- It is mandatory for all players to wear a CSA-approved multi-impact helmet with full-face mask. Gloves, neck protectors and hockey sticks are also mandatory.
- Only pucks provided by the City are permitted.
- Staff will determine teams based on skills, referee the activity and encourage team play.
- Child shinny hockey: First-come, first-served with a maximum of 24 players and four goalies per session.
- Youth shinny hockey: First-come, first-served with a maximum 20 players and two goalies per session.
- Practice your skating skills in a freestyle fashion. No instruction provided.
- All skaters under the age of 10, as well as new or weak skaters of any age, must wear a CSA-approved helmet.
- Practice your individual technique. No instruction provided.
- No mats along the boards.
- High-speed drills are not allowed.
- Speed skates, a CSA-approved helmet and cut-resistant gloves are mandatory. Neck protectors, knee pads and shin guards are highly recommended.
- First-come, first-served with a maximum of 25 skaters per session.