Preparations underway to open outdoor skating rinks and Storybook Gardens skating trail

The City of London’s three outdoor skating amenities are being iced up for public skating this winter season.

City staff are working to open the Storybook Gardens skating trail and the Victoria Park rink on Saturday, December 4, and the Rotary Square ice rink at Covent Garden Market on Saturday, December 11, weather permitting.

“Londoners continue to receive the vaccine and continue to follow public health guidelines, making this announcement another indicator of the payoff for everyone’s diligence and hard work,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Our concern for safety is still top-of-mind, but we’re so happy to bring another holiday staple back for Londoners to enjoy.”

Anyone planning to visit outdoor skating rinks is asked to follow all health precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes maintaining six feet of physical distance from anyone who isn’t part of your household, wearing a mask or face covering and staying home if you feel unwell.

If you arrive at an outdoor skating rink that is too busy or crowded, we ask that you wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time.

Victoria Park Free Ice Skating

Free outdoor ice skating at Victoria Park will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., weather permitting, and closed daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ice resurfacing.

To check the status of Victoria Park’s outdoor rinks, please call 519-661-4529.

Storybook Gardens Skate Trail

Storybook Gardens’ outdoor winter skating trail winds through the beautiful park grounds, offering a unique skating experience in the city.

The skating trail is open Tuesday through Sunday this winter, weather permitting.

For information on admission fees and time slots, extended and holiday hours, and skate aid and sledge availability, please visit Storybook Gardens’ website.

Rotary Square ice rink at Covent Garden Market

Starting Saturday, December 11, free ice skating at the Rotary Square ice rink at Covent Garden Market will be available:

  • Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more outdoor public skating details, please visit

Outdoor skating at Victoria Park
Last modified:Wednesday, December 08, 2021