Skating

Skating in Vancouver

Vancouver has eight indoor skating rinks so you can enjoy figure skating, hockey skating, power skating, and speed skating.

Join a class, join a team, train for a competition, or just skate around an ice rink for fun.

Skating lessons

You must register in lessons designated for your age group and need to complete each level, or show equivalent competency, before advancing to the next level. If you are not registered in the correct level, the instructors reserve the right to place you in the appropriate level, space permitting.

If your lesson level is full, put your name on the wait list.

Note NOTE: Skate rental charges are not included in skating lesson fees.

Helmet policy for skating lessons

You must wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet or a snowboarding helmet if you are participating in a skating lesson. Cycling helmets are not permitted.

A limited number of hockey helmets are available free of charge if you are registered for a lesson at Park Board rinks.

We also recommend that you wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet for public skating.

Discounts on CSA-certified helmets

Show a current City of Vancouver skate lesson registration receipt and receive:

  • 15% off helmets at Cyclone Taylor and The Sports Exchange in Vancouver
  • 20% off a Bauer 2100 helmet at Scoff's Hockey Shop in Burnaby

Learn to Skate program levels

Preschoolers program levels

Level  Description 
No previous skating experience; may have trouble standing on the ice in skates  
Can stand up on ice in skates unassisted; can walk on the ice in skates  
Can skate across the ice and glide on two feet  
Can scull forwards and stop without assistance  
5+  Can glide on one foot forwards and skate backwards  

Children, Youth and Adults Program Levels

Level Description 
Limited or no experience; has little confidence on the ice  
Can skate across the width of the rink without assistance  
Can glide on one foot, forward scull with both feet and snowplow stop with both feet  
Can skate backwards, scull backwards with both feet and scull forwards with one foot  
Can glide backwards on both feet, do a hockey stop, and forward circle thrust  
Can do forward crossovers, backward circle thrusts, backward stops, can use outside edges 

Find a skating rink in Vancouver

Ice rinks in Vancouver

Ice rinks

Find information about our eight indoor ice rinks. We have year-round ice rinks and in the summer some have dry floor activities.

Public skate schedules