Skating

All city facilities are currently closed. Visit our COVID-19 webpage to find out how in-person services listed on this page may be affected.

Waterloo has eight indoor ice pads at four different facilities. Most are available for rent throughout the year.

All have free parking and accept cash, debit and credit. Check our cancellations page to make sure the ice pads are operating as usual.

There are also a number of outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods and public spaces across the city.


On this page

  1. Skating schedule
  2. March Break schedule
  3. Free skates
  4. Special skates
  5. Power skating clinics
  6. Fees, rules and equipment

 

 

Ice skating schedule starting January 6 to March 29, 2020

Public skates 

Skating program for all ages. Skating aids permitted at discretion of facility staff. No strollers permitted on ice. Children seven and under must be with skating adult. 

Day

Time and location

Tuesday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Adult skates

Adult skate is for ages 18 years and older and is not monitored. No sticks or pucks permitted.
Day

Time and location

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Parent and child skate

Parent and child skate is for parents and children (13 and under) and is not monitored. Sticks and pucks are not permitted. A skating adult must be present. At least one adult must be present per four children.

Day

Time and location

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Adult shinny

Adult shinny is for participants 18 years and older, and it is not monitored. Full CSA-approved hockey equipment is recommended. Nets are available for use. Maximum 22 skaters and four goalies.

Additional shinny options are available on the PickupHub website.

Day

Time and location

Monday
Wednesday
Friday

Parent and child shinny

Parent and child shinny is for kids 13 years of age and under and is not monitored. Sticks and pucks are permitted and nets are available. A skating adult must be present. Maximum of 36 skaters.

Additional shinny options are available on the PickupHub website.

Day

Time and location

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

55+ shinny

Shinny hockey for 55+ looking for a slower paced, non-contact game. Full CSA-approved hockey equipment recommended. Maximum 22 skaters and 3 goalies 

Day

Time and location

Wednesday

 

PickupHub shinny (pre-registration required)

Shinny hockey for 18+. Full CSA-approved hockey equipment recommended. Pre-register on the PickupHub website to reserve your spot.

 

 

March Break schedule Monday March 16 to Sunday March 22

Public skates 

 

Day

Time and location

March 17
March 20
March 21
March 22

Adult skates


Day

Time and location

March 16
March 17
March 18
March 19
March 20
March 21

Parent and child skate

 

Day

Time and location

March 16
March 17
March 18
March 19
March 20

Adult shinny

Additional shinny options are available on the PickupHub website.

Day

Time and location

March 16
March 18
March 20

Parent and child shinny

Additional shinny options are available on the PickupHub website.

Day

Time and location

March 16
March 17
March 18
March 19
March 20

55+ Shinny

Day

Time and location

March 18
 

 

Free skates

Thanks to our sponsors, Kuppers + Greene Orthodontics for these complimentary skates are provided at no charge to customers.

Date  Time Location
February 9 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre


Special skates

Family Day skate - February 15

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre.

Regular admission rates apply.

Public skate - February 17

Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Regular admission rates apply.

 

Power skating clinics

We partner with the Twin City Hockey Skating School to deliver two week power skating clinics for kids (5-14) in mid to late August. Clinics run during the evening Mondays to Fridays at RIM Park by a certified Can Power Skate instructor. Any questions related to power skating can be directed to powerskating@waterloo.ca 

2020 power skating clinics 

Clinic Week Time Age Sessions Cost
Pre Power August 24 - 28 6 - 6:50 p.m. 5 - 6 5 $89.13
Pre Power August 31 - September 4 6 - 6:50 p.m. 5 - 6  5 $89.13
Power 1 August 24 - September 4 6:30 - 7:20 p.m. 7 - 9 10 $178.26
Power 2  August 24 - September 4 7 - 7:50 p.m. 9 - 11 10 $208.70
Power 3 August 24 - September 4 7:30 - 8:20 p.m. 12 - 14  10 $235.67
Power 3  August 24 - September 4 8 - 8:50 p.m. 12 - 14 10 $235.67

Fees, rules and equipment

Skating fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs using our FitPass. FitPasses can be purchased at skating facilities or online using ActiveWaterloo.

 Age category

Single

10 visits

Child and youth (3 to 17)

$4.70

$42.30

Adult (18 to 54)

$6.30

$56.70

Family* (up to four people)

$14.20

$127.80

Additional family member

$2.40

 

Parent and child**

$6.30

$56.70

Seniors (55+)

$4.70

$42.30

Roller skate rental

$3.50

 

* Family admission includes two adults and two children - a maximum of four people. Additional family members are $2.40 per person. Parents must be with children when using the pass. Maximum three extra children. **During the school year, children must be 13 or younger. In July and August, children must be eight or younger.

Shinny fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs using our FitPass. FitPasses can be purchased at skating facilities or online using ActiveWaterloo.

 Age category

Single

10 visits

Adult (18 to 54)

$10.50

$94.50

Seniors (55+)

$7.90

$71.10

Parent and child*

$10.50

$94.50

Youth (9 to 17)

$7.90

$71.10

Goalies

Free

Free

*During the school year, children must be 13 or younger. In July and August, children must be eight or younger. Fee includes one adult and one child. $2.40/extra child. Maximum three extra children

Skate rentals

Our facilities do not offer ice skate rentals. Local businesses have a number of rental options.

We rent roller skates for roller skating activities.

Skating aids

We have wheelchair skates (skis that attach to a wheelchair) available at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and WMRC. We recommend calling ahead to the facility reserve them.

We don’t rent or provide other skate aids (such as push bars) at our facilities. They are permitted at the Facility operators discretion if you bring your own.

Skating rules

Be considerate of others by continually moving along the boards and keeping speed under control. Strollers are only permitted on ice during parent and child skates at the facility operators' discretion.

No food or drinks permitted on the ice and skates must be worn at all times. You cannot carry children while skating or pull sleighs. You cannot skate at excessive speeds or cut in and out of people while skating. Playing tag or rough play like pushing or pulling is not allowed.

We strongly recommend that CSA-approved safety equipment (including head, eye and facial protection) be worn by on-ice participants during all skating programs.