Natural Ice Rinks

In many communities, volunteers come together to create natural ice rinks on parkland. About 30 to 40 natural ice rinks are typically built each year, with another record-breaking 55+ sites listed for 2016. These community-run rinks offer a great back-to-nature skating experience. Availability and ice conditions can vary throughout the winter based on weather and volunteer maintenance. These rinks are available to the general public at their own risk. We encourage all skaters to wear a helmet for their personal safety.


See the map of the 2016 approved natural ice rink locations.

Natural ice rinks are made with support from Parks staff, who approve suitable sites and provide access to water, hoses, shovels and instruction on how to build and maintain a rink. Boards up to 10" in height are sometimes supplied and installed by the volunteers.

If you are interested in starting a natural ice rink in your location park you can click here to apply and look here for an Ice Preparation Instruction Sheet.

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