Skating on ponds, creeks or streams is not permitted
Skating is not allowed on all other ponds and creeks for the health and safety of the public. Please never skate, walk or toboggan on these ponds.
Why are stormwater management ponds unsafe for winter recreation?
- These ponds collect water runoff from the roads. The runoff can contain salt and other materials that impact the water's ability to freeze.
- Pipes constantly move water in and out of stormwater ponds, which can make water levels change frequently.
- The water below the ice is constantly flowing.
- The weather can change quickly here in Southern Ontario. Temperature, sun, wind and precipitation can all change quickly, causing weak spots in the ice.
Visit the Stormwater Management Ponds page for information on the purpose of stormwater management ponds.
To report a safety concern, call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601. If you see someone fall through ice, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Outdoor ice rink at Trafalgar Park
The outdoor skating rink at Trafalgar Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, weather permitting, from mid-December to March.
We hope to be able to offer drop-in skating on the Town of Oakville's only refrigerated outdoor ice rink starting (or before) December 13, 2021. Please check back later, follow us on social media, or subscribe to the Recreation and Culture newsletter for updates.
Schedules for outdoor skating at Trafalgar Park will be available in Active Oakville but registration is not required:
- Admission is free and first-come, first-served as space allows.
- Capacity limits apply and are subject to change.
- Cancellations will be posted on site. Please contact the facility directly for the most up-to-date information.
Standard public skating admission requirements apply, including:
- No game play or scrimmages allowed.
- The use of sticks and pucks are permitted during designated times only.
- Failure to follow the rules may result in ejection.
Please play safely. We welcome skaters of all ages and abilities. Helmets are strongly recommended.
Unrefrigerated outdoor ice rinks
The town maintains several outdoor neighbourhood skating rinks at town parks for your winter enjoyment. These are unsupervised, use at your own risk, recreational rinks. CSA approved hockey helmets are recommended.
After a snow event, ice rink snow clearing will commence within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall.
To protect the ice surfaces of our rinks, please do not use the ice on days where the temperature is mild. When the temperature rises above freezing, the ice can get quite soft and can be damaged by use.
If your neighbourhood wants to establish a rink other than those listed below, it is the residents’ responsibility to maintain the rink. Open the neighbourhood ice rink request form (pdf).
Get active safely on Oakville’s outdoor ice rinks
Please follow all posted guidelines for outdoor rink use.
- Stay at least two metres (six feet) from other users not from the same household.
- Masks are strongly recommended when engaging in outdoor activities.
- If you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who is ill, do not use the outdoor rink.
- Team sports must not be practised or played (no games or scrimmages). No nets/or shooting targets.
- Outdoor ice rink amenities are not sanitized. Users should wash and sanitize their hands before and after use.
- Outdoor rinks are unsupervised. Use at your own risk.
- Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times.
- Be courteous and share the space with others. Skates are limited to 45 minutes during peak times to ensure all have a chance to skate. Capacity is limited to 75 people.
- Please return at a later time of the outdoor rink is busy or full.
- Inspect ice surface and area prior to use.
- CSA hockey helmets are strongly recommended.
- Please leave glass bottles and containers at home. Users are encouraged to bring reusable or biodegradable containers to the park rather than plastic. If using plastic, please use the appropriate recycling container on site or take it home with you to dispose of in your blue bin.
How do we stop the spread of COVID-19 at outdoor ice rinks?
Public health officials remind you to:
- Stay at least two metres (six feet) from other users who are not from the same household.
- Please return at a later time if the outdoor rink is busy or full.
- Stay home if you are unwell. Take the COVID-19 screening test before visiting a rink.
- Wear a non-medical face mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Help children follow public health guidelines.
For more information related to COVID-19 public health measures, please visit our COVID-19 Information page.
Outdoor ice rink locations
Closed for the season
- Bloomfield Park - 2531 Westoak Trails Boulevard
- Clearview Park - 1260 Sir David Drive
- Coronation Park - 1426 Lakeshore Road West (new in 2021)
- Fowley Park - 95 Fowley Drive (new in 2021)
- George Savage Park - 3200 George Savage Avenue (new in 2021)
- Glenashton Park - 1051 Glenashton Drive
- Glen Abbey basketball court - 1415 Third Line (new in 2021)
- Kinoak Arena lot - 363 Warminster Drive (new in 2021)
- Langtry Park - 2186 Brays Lane
- Millbank Park - 166 Glenashton Drive
- Nautical Park - 355 Nautical Boulevard
- Old Abbey Lane Park - 1110 Old Abbey Lane
- Sixteen Hollow Park - 2140 Westoak Trails Boulevard
- Sixteen Mile Sports Complex - 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard (new in 2021)
- Trafalgar Park - 133 Rebecca Street
- Wallace Park - 245 Reynolds Street
- Windrush Park - 1225 Windrush Drive