Skating

Register for drop-in skating on ActiveWaterloo.

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. How to register online for skating
  2. Skating schedule
  3. Free skates
  4. Power skating clinics
  5. Fees, rules and equipment

How to register online for skating

  • book a skate time on ActiveWaterloo
  • online booking opens 72 hours in advance
  • register for adult/youth shinny and stick and pick on PickupHub or Youth PickupHub

Skating schedule

Book a skate time on ActiveWaterloo

The winter schedule is effective January 2 to March 31. All programs are at RIM Park unless indicated.

Adult shinny

  • Monday to Friday - 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • Sunday - 9:30 to 10:50 p.m.

Adult skate

  • Monday - 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Tuesday - noon to 12:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
  • Thursday - 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • Friday - noon to 12:50 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8:40 to 9:30 p.m.

Parent and child shinny

  • Tuesday, Thursday - 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Parent and child skate

  • Wednesday - 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

Adult stick and puck

  • Sunday - 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.

Public skate

  • Saturday - 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.
  • Sunday - 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.

Free skates

Thank you to our sponsors, Kuppers + Greene Orthodontics for these complimentary public skates that are provided at no charge to the community. Register in advance, up to 72 hours prior to the skate. 

Date  Time Location
Sunday, February 12 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. RIM Park
Sunday, March 12 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. RIM Park

Power skating clinics

The City of Waterloo operates the annual Power Skating program in August. Registration on ActiveWaterloo beginning March 8. Please review the details of each level as changes may occur to age groupings and skill expectations. 

Questions related to power skating can be sent to powerskating@waterloo.ca.


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. Prices include HST.

 Age category

Single

10 visit pass

25 visit pass

Child and youth (3 to 17)

$4.85

$43.32

$101.09

Adult (18 to 54)

$6.45

$57.87

$135.02

Family* (up to four people)

$14.50

$130.18

$303.74

Additional family member

$2.45

   

Parent and child skate

$6.45

$57.87

$135.02

Parent and child shinny**

$10.75

   

Seniors (55+)

$4.85

$43.32

$101.09

*Family admission includes two adults and two children - a maximum of four people. Additional family members are $2.45 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.

Skate rentals

The Eastside Branch of the Waterloo Public Library is located at RIM Park and offers a skate borrowing program.

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.