October is just around the corner

Time to lace up and hit the ice!

Love to skate? Ice skating is a great workout, providing low impact cardio that’s easy on the joints. There are lots of public skating locations in Ottawa and now they’re just a click away. Try the City’s handy search tool to find one near you.


Safety First

Being safe and having fun go hand in hand at City arenas and skating rinks. The fist step to safety is a well fitted helmet.

Did you know that Children aged 10 and under, as well as beginner skaters at all ages, are required to wear a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved helmet while attending City of Ottawa indoor public skate sessions? All skaters are encouraged to wear a CSA approved helmet while skating.

Some tips for choosing a helmet:

  • Buy a helmet that fits now, not one to grow into.
  • Never buy a used helmet.
  • Make sure your helmet has been tested for safety (Helmet will have a CSA sticker inside).

To learn more about the City of Ottawa’s helmet safety requirements, go to the City of Ottawa Skating site or call the Public Skating Information line at 613-580-2666

Learn to Skate

Scared of falling on your bum and feeling the fool? Dream of gracefully looping around the rink? The City of Ottawa offers Recreational Skating School to get an introduction to skating and of course there’s figure skating, speed skating or power skating courses too. They even offer private lessons with plans designed for every level of skating, ages 2 and up. Call 613-580-2596 for information or register to learn, improve or master the ability to skate.

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