Skating

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. Free skates
  3. Special skates
  4. Fees, rules and equipment

 

Ice skating schedule starting September 3 to December 20

Note that between August 30 and September 2 all city facilities are installing new ice for the fall season. No city skating programming will be running over the long weekend.

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.

 

Free skates

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

Date  Time Location
October 13 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre
November 10 noon to 12:50 p.m. Albert McCormick Community Centre
December 8 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre
January 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. Albert McCormick Community Centre
February 9 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre
March 8 noon to 12:50 p.m. Albert McCormick Community Centre

Special skates

The City of Waterloo invites all skaters to an evening Halloween Public Skate party. 
Live DJ and giveaways included. Safe skating costumes are encouraged.
October 26 from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre.

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. Parents must be with children when using the pass. $2.40/extra child. 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.