Public Skating and Shinny Programs

Select ice pads are open for recreational skates.

As we move from the Yellow-Protect level to the Red-Control level in response to rising COVID-19 cases, Town of Oakville recreation facilities remain open with new health and safety measures.

The Town of Oakville continues its commitment to health and safety with altered programs and services, and is in regular contact with public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With Premier Ford’s announcement on Friday, November 13, we moved into the Red-Control level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

The following changes will be in effect at all town-operated recreation facilities beginning Monday, November 16:

  • Access to recreation facilities is limited to 90 minutes.
  • Team sport programming such as hockey has been suspended.
  • Spectators are not permitted.

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.

Regular skating admission policies apply. Additional requirements must be met to participate in a pay-as-you-go recreational skate. Visit our Programs FAQs page for details.

Please check your confirmation details carefully, including the location you have selected.

How do I pre-book a skate?

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.

Scanning membership cards is not required at this time. Admission must be pre-paid online. In-person drop-ins, cash payments and complimentary passes are not accepted at this time. Valentine’s Day tickets will be accepted for two months after non-registered pay-as-you-go programming returns.

Details about PINs for online bookings and registration, withdrawals, etc. can be found on the Registration Information page. If you need additional support or alternative registration options, please call 905-815-2000 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Click on the headings that follow our schedules for more information about admission requirements and more.

Skate schedules

Admission and capacity restrictions apply. Schedules are subject to change.

We're pleased to offer the following FREE skates for youth. Visit the Youth Services page for more information about our free swims, and more!

Free Youth Skates

Trafalgar Park

Monday

  • 3-4:20 p.m.
    (starts November 2)

River Oaks

Monday

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    (starts November 2)

Glen Abbey

Fridays

  • 3-4:30 p.m.
    (starts November 6)

Sixteen Mile

Fridays

  • 4-5:30 p.m.
    (starts November 6)

Glen Abbey

Recreational Skate

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 3-4:30 p.m.
    (starts October 27)

Wednesday

  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    (starts October 28)
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
    (starts November 4)

Recreational Skate 18+

Thursdays

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
    (starts November 12)

River Oaks

We are only able to offer the Youth skate at this time.

Sixteen Mile

Recreational Skate

Saturday:

  • 1:30-3 p.m.

Sunday:

  • 4-5:30 p.m.
    (starts November 1)
  • 6-7:30 p.m.

Trafalgar Park

Recreational Skate 18+

Tuesday and Thursday:

  • 9:30-11 a.m.
    (starts October 27)

Recreational Skate 50+

Thursday:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.
    (October 22 only)

This information was updated on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:04 AM

Admission must be pre-paid online. To help manage capacity restrictions, in-person drop-ins, cash payments and complimentary passes are not accepted at this time. Valentine’s Day tickets will be accepted for two months after non-registered pay-as-you-go programming returns.

Memberships

We are offering special one-month rates for Adults, Seniors, Youth and Students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, November 23, people will be able to buy these monthly memberships directly at our community centres.

Memberships can also be purchased by credit card by contacting a Support Services team member at 905-815-2000, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At this time, memberships are only available on a monthly basis and can be renewed two weeks prior to their expiry.

General Activity

Fees:

  • $20.19 + tax for adults
  • $16.15 + tax for youth and seniors

Includes:

  • Recreational swims
  • Recreational skates
  • Drop-in sports
  • Walking tracks

Fitness

Fees:

  • $36.74 + tax for adults
  • $29.39 + tax for seniors
  • $23.88 + tax for students

Includes:

  • Fitness centre access
  • Fitness classes
  • Courts
  • Recreational swims
  • Recreational skates
  • Drop-in sports
  • Walking tracks

Full Fitness

Fees:

  • $44.08 + tax for adults
  • $35.27 + tax for seniors
  • $28.65 + tax for students

Includes:

  • Fitness centre access
  • Fitness classes
  • Courts
  • Recreational swims and Waterfit
  • Recreational skates
  • Drop-in sports
  • Walking tracks
  • Shinny hockey, and
  • Rock climbing

Admission standards and capacity restrictions apply.

Skate patrol staff enforce these rules and ensure a safe skating environment for everyone. Failure to respect these rules and follow instruction from the skate patrol may result in ejection.

Please report any accidents or injuries to the skate patrol or arena staff immediately.

Only persons wearing skates are permitted on the ice surface.

No food or drinks are allowed on the ice surface.

Helmets are strongly recommended or mandatory for all programs. Details follow.

Children should be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Coaching is not permitted during any recreational skates or shinny hockey.

Skaters and players must stay off the ice until the Zamboni (ice resurfacer) has returned to the garage with the doors fully closed.

Outdoor skating opportunities are available at Trafalgar Park weather permitting. Sticks and pucks are only allowed at designated times.

Recreational Skates

All skaters must skate in the same direction.

No pucks, hockey sticks, chairs, strollers, or other equipment are allowed on the ice surface except for skate aids approved by the Town of Oakville, which must stay in the roped-off area.

Please note: Wheelchairs are allowed on the ice if a responsible person age 16 or older with skates on accompanies the participant.

Not allowed during public skates:

  • General horseplay, fighting, or deliberate interference with other skaters.
  • Figure skating; skating backwards, erratically or at excessive speeds.
  • Tag or games.

Shinny Programs

  • No slap shots, wrist shots or any form of aggressive play is allowed.
  • All players must wear CSA-approved helmets.
  • All children must wear full hockey equipment. Full equipment including CSA-approved helmet with full mask are also mandatory for Shinny Hockey: Age 14 to 17.
  • Half-mask and full equipment are strongly recommended for adults.

Shinny Hockey

Self-organized, non-contact hockey.

Adult and Child Shinny Hockey Age: 7 to 10 is a chance for caregivers (18+) to teach children hockey skills. Maximum of two (2) children per caregiver.

Stick and Puck

Adult and Child Stick and Puck: 8 years and under is a chance for caregivers (18+) to practice hockey skills with children in a safe and recreational environment. Maximum two (2) children per caregiver.

The Recreation and Culture department strives to make our programs and services accessible and inclusive to all members of our community including those with intellectual or physical disabilities; attention and behaviour difficulties; vision and hearing impairments; learning disabilities; allergies and medical conditions.

For more information, visit our Inclusion and Support Services page.

Admission for support persons

Persons requiring that a support person accompanies them in order to participate in Recreation and Culture drop-in programs can apply for an Express Pass. Express Passes are provided at no-charge, provide free entry for the support person and streamlines the program check-in experience.

Support workers will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival at the facility but Express Pass holders do not need to register the support worker attending public swims or skates with them.

For more information, please speak to a Customer Service Representative at your local recreation and culture facility.

Medical conditions

Individuals with seizure disorders or other serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible who can provide immediate assistance if needed.