Skating and shinny programs

Note, there are changes to our regular schedule due to special events on the following dates:
– November 18-20
– December 4
– December 9-11
– February 10-12
– March 24-26
Updated schedules are available in Rec Enroll.

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The City of Guelph offers lots of opportunities for skaters of all ages to take part in skating activities throughout the fall/winter season. Skates are mandatory for drop-in skates and skate lessons.

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Our skating programs include:

  • Public Skating: Everyone is welcome! This skate is a great way to socialize and skate with family and friends. Skate Aids are not permitted at this skate. Children 9 years and younger, must be supervised on ice, by a parent/guardian who is at least 12 years of age with sufficient skating ability. The City of Guelph and Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. recommend wearing helmets for your safety.
  • Family Skate: Skate at this quieter ice time geared towards families with children aged 8 and under. Adult and child must each register. Skate aids are allowed at this skate.
  • Shinny programs: Drop-in, pick up hockey. Full equipment and helmets are mandatory. Space is limited to 22 players and 2 goalies. Please bring a light and dark jersey for play.
  • Sensory-friendly Skate: Come enjoy a sensory-friendly skate, in an adapted skating environment for children, youth, and adults of all abilities. Dimmed lighting, no music, a smaller group of skaters, no buzzers or whistles. Wheelchairs, skate aids, sledges, and other mobility devices are welcome on the ice. Accompanying adults or support persons skate free of charge. The City of Guelph and Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. recommend wearing helmets for your safety.
  • Stick & Puck Skate (ages 8+): During Stick and Puck drop in, you can work on your own to develop hockey (or ringette) skills at your own pace, in a drop in setting. Work on stick handling, shooting and skating skills. No scrimmages/games, slap shots or body contact allowed. CSA approved helmets are required for all participants – full equipment recommended.

Skating and shinny admissions can be purchased 72 hours in advance on a per visit or monthly basis. Check out our recreation and fitness passes information.

Public Skating rules and guidelines

Safe skating is fun skating. Public Skating rules and guidelines for all ages:


  • Respect and follow direction from Skate Patrol
  • Report any injuries or accidents to Skate Patrol
  • Maintain reasonable control of your speed, course, and direction
  • Children nine years and younger must be supervised by a parents/guardian must who is at least 12 years of age
  • CSA approved helmets are recommended during all skate programs
  • Customers with a disability are permitted to use assistive devices while accessing City of Guelph programs.

Do not

  • Bring pucks, sticks, strollers, skating aids, sleighs, toys, food, drink, headphones, or cell phones onto the ice surface.
  • Behave in a rough, aggressive, or inappropriate manner
  • Carry children or other items onto the ice

Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR)

We offer a subsidy program to help adults and seniors on a limited income stay active with the Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) program. The program helps subsidize the cost for recreation programs, swim passes, or other memberships. People who qualify can receive a discount on registration fees.

Learn to Skate programs

Learn basic skating skills in a fun, recreational environment. Skating skills are taught through both large and small group games, relays and activities. CSA skating or hockey approved helmets are mandatory. Participants will not be allowed on the ice without a proper helmet.

For children’s programs, progress reports are given out at the end of each session.

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CSA Approved helmets for skating or hockey are mandatory for this program. Bicycle helmets are not allowed. Your child will not be allowed on the ice without a proper fitting CSA approved hockey or skating helmet.

Skating apparel

Warm pants and a winter jacket are recommended to stay warm and comfortable while skating in the arenas. Even though it’s warm outside, it’s very cold in the arena.

Skaters may wear gloves or mitts.

Long scarves should not be worn on the ice as they can be dangerous.


Most inexpensive beginner outfits come with the blades mounted and are available from local department stores. The quality varies considerably with this line of skate, so the different brands should be examined with care. It is important to ensure the skate is the correct size and supports the ankles well. As well, newly purchased skates must be sharpened before you are able to skate on them.

Lace-up skates are best in order to fully support the ankle and foot bed. Please avoid the full plastic shelled skates, as they do not provide adequate support for the ankle.