Ottawa residents can now reserve a spot at any one of 11 Indoor public skating arenas starting December 1

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The weather outside may be getting frightful in Ottawa but there are numerous Indoor public skating options that soon will be available by reservation at eleven City arenas, starting Tuesday, December 1. Additional arenas will be opened for the Holiday skating season.

There are new rules in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 including the two-metre rule for both skaters and spectators.

The following Ottawa area arenas will be available for reserved skating:

  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex – Goulbourn
  • Fred Barrett Arena
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Manotick Community Centre and Mike O’Neil Arena
  • Navan Memorial Centre
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Sandy Hill Arena
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • W. Erskine Johnston Arena
  • Walter Baker Sports Centre

The City says skating schedules from December 1 to 18 are available online at Since skating capacity will be limited to 25 skaters on each rink, you can reserve your 50-minute skate time up to two days in advance.

The payment options for the admission fees vary at each arena,  so check for more information.

Children under age 10 must be accompanied on-ice by an adult or guardian

Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or as a spectator. There is a maximum of one spectator per participant, with a capacity of 25 spectators total. Use of the player benches are restricted to the skaters only.

Skaters and spectators must also maintain two-metre physical distancing from people outside of their household. While masks are not required on the ice, they must be worn throughout the building. Changerooms will be open but skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed to skate. Access to the arena and changerooms will be allowed 15 minutes prior to and after the skate. Remember, a CSA-certified hockey helmet is required for children aged 10 and under.

Additional arenas will open for the holiday public skating schedule to run from December 19 to January 5. The selected arena locations follow the hub model to concentrate service resumption at key facilities that are geographically distributed across the city and better suited to maintain public health protocols.

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