Skating

London has 11 indoor ice pads and two outdoor ice pads.  Registration is required for these programs and is available at Play Your Way online or by calling 519-661-5575. 

Indoor skating

London has 11 indoor ice pads. Most are available for rent throughout the year.

All rinks have free parking. Check the cancellations page to make sure the ice pads are operating as usual.

Learn more about the City's indoor rinks

Winter rentals are available from September to the end of March for recreational skating, skating lessons, figure skating, ringette and hockey.

Summer use of the concrete floor surfaces may include ball hockey, lacrosse and other team sports.  Dry pad rentals are available from April to August at a number of arenas. 

Most arenas feature snack bars, offering a limited selection of hot and cold food and beverage items.  Earl Nichols Recreation Centre, Bostwick Community Centre, Stronach Community Recreation Centre, Medway Community Centre, Kinsmen Recreation Centre and Lambeth Community Centre arenas have multipurpose activity rooms that are suitable for small receptions and tournament meeting areas.  All arenas are equipped with a sound system.

Staff at individual arenas are not able to book ice time or receive payment for any rentals.  Please call 519-661-5575 during regular business hours to discuss ice hours and book a rental.

Indoor rink locations

Indoor rinks are located at the following community centres and arenas:

Skating lessons

The City of London offers a variety of learn to skate opportunities.

Adult lessons

It's never too late to skate! This program teaches basic skating fundamentals while enhancing a healthy and active lifestyle.  Participants advance at their own pace in a relaxed atmosphere with a fully certified coach.

*CSA approved helmets are mandatory. Visit our registration page for information related to financial assistance.

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Children/youth lessons

London's Community Service Department offers a wonderful children’s ‘Learn to Skate’ program, which is designed to offer children 4 years of age and older the opportunity to learn to skate in a fun learning environment.  This program will give your child the opportunity to learn through interactive learning strategies that will teach basic skating techniques.  Lesson length is 45 minutes.  There are three levels with the skate program.

*CSA approved helmets are mandatory. Please indicate your child’s badge level on the registration form. Visit the registration page for information related to financial assistance.

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Parent/tot skate lessons

Free to adults (18 or older) to spend quality time with pre-schoolers, 5 and under, in a safe, quiet environment.

A preschool program designed to teach young skaters from 3 to 5 years of age how to skate without the assistance of a parent or caregiver.  This interactive program will teach your young tot to skate by participating in creative themed activities while focusing on fun and continuous movement.  Colouring sheets and incentive stickers are awarded each week for skater's efforts.  Parents must be present.

*CSA approved helmets for both child and adult are mandatory.  Class is limited to 15 participants. Visit our registration page for information related to financial assistance.

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Public skating

The City of London offers a variety of public skating opportunities. Children 5 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet for all public skating programs and a full-face cage is recommended. Youth under 12 must be supervised by an adult 18 or over at all times. Skates are required for all programs. One sledge is available at all arenas for public use.

Skating programs will be limited to 25 skaters on each rink to allow for physical distancing. Participants can register for a program up to six days in advance of the program date. Participants must register and pay in order to attend. Walk ups will not be permitted to attend as you must pre-register. While masks or face coverings are not required while on the ice, they must be worn throughout the building. Skaters and spectators must also maintain two-metre physical distancing from others outside of their household. Dressing rooms will be open, but skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed to skate. Access to the arena and dressing rooms will be allowed 15 minutes prior to skate times. Use of the player benches is restricted to the skaters only – while maintaining physical distancing.

Proof of Vaccination for anyone 18 and over is required. Fully vaccinated individuals will need their current vaccination receipt alongside a valid piece of identification, such as a driver’s license, to be able to enter the arena. Each participant registered for a public skating session is required to complete the City of London Health Assessment prior to entering the arena. Please print off the assessment form and bring it with you to the arena for your session.

COVID-19 Health Assessment Form

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Adult stick and puck (15 years and older)

Adults can bring their stick and puck to improve their shot and stickhandling. 

This is an unstructured ice time. No private programs are permitted. Organized hockey games, slap shots and structured practices are not permitted. No aggressive play is permitted.

All participants are required to wear a full-caged CSA approved helmet. The maximum number of participants on the ice is 30 people.

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Schedule

Mondays

  • Nichols Arena from 12 to 12:50 p.m.

Fridays

  • Carling Arena from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.
Children/youth stick and puck (5 – 15 years old)

Parents can come out with their children to practice stickhandling and improve their shots.  An adult must accompany children on the ice. 

This is an unstructured ice time. No private programs are permitted. Organized hockey games, slap shots and structured practices are not permitted. No aggressive play is permitted.

All participants are required to wear a full-caged CSA approved helmet.

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Schedule

Fridays

  • Carling Arena from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Family skate

Excellent opportunity for families to have fun and exercise together.  Children and youth must be accompanied by adults and vice versa. Skating assists, including strollers and pylons, that are deemed safe are permitted.

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Parent/tot skating

Free for adults (18 or older) to spend quality time with pre-schoolers, 5 and under, in a safe, quiet environment. CSA approved, full caged helmet required. This program has no ice cruisers.

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Schedule

Mondays

  • Kinsmen Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Nichols Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Lambeth Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Carling Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

Tuesdays

  • Medway Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

Wednesdays

  • Carling Arena from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Kinsmen Arena from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Argyle Arena from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Oakridge Arena from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Thursdays

  • Bostwick Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Fridays

  • Lambeth Arena from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

Saturdays

  • Stronach Arena from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Parent/tot shinny

Free to adults (18 or older) to spend quality time with preschooler (5 and under) in a safe, quiet environment.  Bring your own sticks and pucks and work on hockey skills.  CSA approved, full caged helmet required for everyone. Skate assists are not permitted.

REGISTER

Schedule

Mondays

  • Carling Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

Tuesdays

  • Lambeth Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Medway Arena from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Wednesdays

  • Kinsmen Arena from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Argyle Arena from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Public skating

CSA approved helmets are recommended. 

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Schedule

Fridays 

  • Kinsmen Arena from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:45 p.m.
  • Argyle Arena from 8 to 8:45 p.m. and 9 to 9:45 p.m.
  • Carling Arena from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 to 10:15 p.m.
  • Oakridge Arena from 8 to 8:45 p.m. and 9 to 10:45 p.m.

Saturdays

  • Nichols Arena from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Medway Arena from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Stronach Arena from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Carling Arena from 8 to 8:45 p.m. and 9 to 9:45 p.m.

Sundays

  • Argyle arena from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Carling Arena from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and 4 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Medway Arena from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Oakridge Arena from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Free public skating

CSA approved helmets are recommended. 

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Schedule

Wednesdays:

  • Argyle Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Carling Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Nichols Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Kinsmen Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Lambeth Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Medway Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Stronach Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Oakridge Arena from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Sundays:

  • Lambeth Arena from 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Roller inline skating

Available at North London Optimist Community Centre.

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Senior skate

Adults aged 55 and up are invited to enjoy music and exercise while they skate. There will be a flood of the ice halfway through the skate. Skating around the ice is the only activity permitted. No routines or skating as partners.

Please remember that there are skaters of all abilities. Beginner skaters are asked to move to the centre of the ice surface with more experienced skaters closer to the boards. Please judge your skating speed based on the number of people on the ice.

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Schedule:

Mondays

  • Argyle Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Nichols Arena from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays

  • Carling Arena from 10 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Kinsmen Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Argyle Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

Wednesdays

  • Carling Arena from 10 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Nichols Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Oakridge Arena from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursdays

  • Bostwick Arena from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Kinsmen Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Stronach Arena from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

Fridays

  • Carling Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Lambeth Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Medway Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Senior free style skating

This skate is for adults aged 55 and over who are interested in performing basic figure skating moves including but not limited to backwards skating, turns and ice dancing as well as hockey skating moves including but not limited to backwards skating and tight turns. There will be a flood of the ice half way through the skate.

All areas of the ice are available to everyone. Please be aware of the other skaters and give appropriate clearance for spins and other figure skating activities.

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Schedule:

Tuesdays

  • Carling Arena from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Kinsmen Arena from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Wednesdays

  • Nichols Arena from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

Thursdays

  • Kinsmen Arena from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Bostwick Arena from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Sledge stick and puck

Participants with and without mobility challenges can use their sticks and pucks on the ice while seated in an accessibility/mobility device called a "sledge". CSA approved, full caged helmets and hockey gloves are required, and participants must provide their own sledge.

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Schedule:

Sundays

  • Carling Arena from 1 to 1:50 p.m.

Last Minute Ice Bookings

The City of London offers discounted last minute ice bookings. Last minute ice is considered ice available one to four days in advance, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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All current COVID-19 protocols are in place. Proof of vaccination is required for anyone 18 and over that is participating. Western Fair is not included in available locations. Last minute ice bookings will not apply to statutory holidays unless the facility is already scheduled to be open.

Last minute ice bookings are for a minimum of 1 hour increments. Last minute ice is booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. These bookings not and cannot be used to replace regular bookings. Bookings cannot be cancelled to book last minute ice. These bookings are final and are non-refundable.

A rental contract provided by the City of London must be signed and proof of insurance required prior to the booking. Please visit our recreation rentals page for more information.

The City of London reserves the right to cancel last minute ice bookings when it is considered to be used for profit or gain or is being abused to replace or in the place of regular ice bookings. Time will not be added to an existing contract.

The City of London reserves the right to cancel or amend the implementation of Last Minute Ice at any time at its discretion.

Last minute ice rental rates (HST will be added)

$137.00 for prime time and $107 for non-prime time. Payment is required at the time of booking.

How to book last minute ice:

Last minute ice can be booked through Play Your Way online as well as be calling customer Service at 519-661-5575. Arena staff are unable to book last minute ice.

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Fees, rules and equipment

Skating fees and passes

Skating fees (taxes included)

Adult (18-54) $4.50
Children (12 and under) $3.50
Youth (13-17) $3.75
Family (with up to ​​​​2 adults) $8.25
Seniors (55+) $3.75
Female shinny, introductory hockey and adult shinny hockey $8.25 each
PT skating shinny hockey Free
Youth stick and puck $8.25/family
Adult stick and puck $4.50/person

Skating passes (taxes included)

Adult $35.03
Children $24.86
Youth $27.41
Family $54.81
Senior  $27.69

For those unable to meet recreation program costs, financial assistance may be available.  Call 519-661-5575 for more information.

Skate rentals and sharpening hours

These facilities are independently owned and operated. 

Argyle Arena

Sharpening's cost $6.00. Sharpening hours follow as:

  • Wednesday, Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Carling Arena

Sharpening's cost $5.00. Sharpening hours follow as:

  • Monday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Earl Nichols Arena

Sharpening's and rental's cost $6.00. Sharpening hours follow as:

  • Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Farquharson Arena

There is no skate sharpening available. 

Kinsmen Arena

Sharpening's cost $6.00. Sharpening hours follow as:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 12:00 pm. to 5:00 p.m.  
Lambeth Arena

There is no skate sharpening available. 

Medway Arena

There is no skate sharpening available. 

Oakridge Arena

There is no skate sharpening available. 

Silverwood Arena

There is no skate sharpening available. 

Stronach Arena

Sharpening's cost $5.00. Sharpening hours follow as:

  • Monday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Victoria Park

Weather permitted, sharpening's cost $6.00 and rental's cost $7.00. Hours follow as:

  • Monday to Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Public skating regulations

To ensure a safe enjoyable environment for public skating all users are required to observe the following rules:

General Rules

  • Do not proceed on the ice until the zamboni is off the ice and the gates are closed.
  • The following are prohibited from the ice rink:
  • Animals
  • Food and Beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Profanity

Safety

  • Children 5 years of age and under must wear CSA approved helmet (3 months and younger do not require a helmet if in a stroller).
  • We strongly recommend that all users wear CSA head protection.
  • Maintain a safe controlled speed.
  • Beginner skaters only in the centre circle (or as marked).
  • Skating aids, strollers or buggies may be allowed when deemed safe by the cashier or cruiser.
  • No chairs or umbrella strollers are permitted.

For reasons of safety, the following are not permitted during general public skate sessions:

  • Games (crack the whip, tag, horseplay)
  • Snowball or glove throwing
  • Hockey/ringette sticks, pucks or balls
  • Skating backwards
  • Holding children in arms while skating
  • Jumps, spins or other figure skating routines
  • Sitting on the rink boards
  • Persons not wearing skates

Assumption of risk

Skaters and spectators are deemed to have knowledge of and assume the inherent risks including, but not limited to:

  1. Injuries from collisions or contact with other individuals on the ice surface
  2. Injuries from falls

The ice surface maximum skating capacity is 160 participants.

Outdoor rinks

The City maintains two outdoor rinks for residents to enjoy free skating over the winter season. Outdoor rinks are located at Victoria Park and the Covent Garden Market. Outdoor ice skating is typically available between early-December to mid-March, weather permitting.

The City also maintains the Storybook Gardens skating trail. Please visit Storybook Gardens’ website for more information.

Victoria Park skating hours

The outdoor skating season at Victoria Park has ended due to warm weather.

Covent Garden Market skating hours

The outdoor skating season at Covent Garden Market has ended due to warm weather.

Last modified:Wednesday, October 06, 2021