Updated December 24, 2020
Updated info on ice skating in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville.
This winter you will find us rink-side tying up our skates and zooming around the outdoor skating rinks. Here is where all of the outdoor ice skating rinks are so you can join us!
While Public Health is continuing to encourage residents to avoid unnecessary trips outside the home and to limit close contact with those they don’t live with, it’s still important to find ways to keep up with physical health and mental wellbeing.
Outdoor ice Skating in Burlington
Ice skating in Burlington at Rotary Centennial Pond will be open for skating, but pre-registration is required. You can register here. The rink will be limited to 25 skaters on the ice, and all must register in advance. You’ll need a Burlington Parks and Rec account to book your skate time. Outdoor ice skating in Burlington at Rotary Pond is free.
Outdoor ice Skating in Hamilton
Winter is here and drop-in outdoor ice skating in Hamilton is back. Effective December 26, 2020, City of Hamilton ice rinks will begin extended hours of operation and are staffed between 10 am and 10 pm daily. Staff are on-site at City-operated outdoor rinks to maintain the ice and monitor COVID-19 safety measures. Outdoor ice rinks are weather dependent, during extended periods of above 0-degree temperatures, ice conditions may require closure. Closure notifications will be posted both online and at the park. All scheduled ice sessions are cancelled during closures. Tickets become available 7 days in advance. Skaters with reservations are to arrive no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled session time or tickets will be forfeit due to the popularity of these skates.
Outdoor public ice skating in Hamilton is offered at the following locations:
- Bernie Morelli – Serafini Family Outdoor Ice
- Dundas Driving Park
- Freelton Community Park
- Waterdown Memorial Park
Click on your preferred skating rink above to make a reservation. Reservations are limited to Hamilton residents. Skating at these rinks is free.
Hamilton Community Skating Rinks
Hamilton has numerous community ice skating rinks that are operated by volunteers (weather permitting). Here are the parks where they are approved. (source)
Outdoor ice Skating in Oakville
Outdoor skating times at Trafalgar Park Community Centre can be booked using Active Oakville, our online drop-in program finder and registration system. During the shutdown, cash payments will not be accepted. Spaces are limited and available first-come, first-served. Please be courteous and cancel your booking if you are unable to attend. Not all facilities or amenities, including helmet and skate rentals, are available at this time. If you can’t find your favourite program, check back regularly. Activities are being added as safety measures can be put in place. Capacity restrictions are subject to change. Skates can be pre-booked up to one week in advance at active.oakville.ca. Spaces are very limited to comply with safety guidelines and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check for the next week of scheduled activities every Monday.
Visit the Outdoor Ice Rinks page for a list of community rinks that do not require pre-booking.
Oakville also has a variety of outdoor rinks that do not require pre-registration. You can find the complete list and their open/close status here.
Where to Get Your Skates Sharpened in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville
Before you hit the ice, make sure your skates are sharpened! Here are a few spots sharpening skates.
SportChek in Burlington Centre – contact them directly for availability.
Fast & Sharp – Mobile Skate Sharpening Service in Burlington. $10 for hockey and goalie skates. No figure skates at this time. Drop off and pick up currently.
Gillian’s Skate Ship in Burlington – $7 to sharpen skates, contactless pickup and drop off available.
Tydan Blades in Dundas – $10 to sharpen, contact for info.