Going to ice rinks during COVID-19

COVID-19 Restart: ice rinks

September 13, 2021: Proof of vaccination is required to participate in some programs and events. Entry into recreation centres does not require proof of vaccination, but will be required for some programs and activities. Come prepared with your official proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID.

Learn about venues, programs, and events that require proof of vaccination (46 KB)


Ice rinks are open. Public skating sessions and skating lessons are available. Find an ice rink near you

September 7, 2021: Online registration for public skating sessions is not required. Skaters may drop in on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sessions such as Stick & Puck, Public Hockey, Drop-in Figure Skating, and Sledge Hockey (Para Hockey) will still require advanced online registration.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for those 12 years and older, even if you are vaccinated. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the front desk.

COVID-19 safety measures

In the interest of comfort and safety:

  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting rental skates and helmets
  • Skate and helmet rentals will not be available for stick and puck sessions or drop-in figure skating
  • Making masks mandatory indoors, except when participating in sports and fitness

General safety practices

Stay home if you are sick. By entering our facilities, you are declaring that you are in good health.

Take the BC Health self-assessment if you are unsure

Respect and follow staff directions, queuing procedures, and posted signage at all times.

Plan your visit

  • Public skating sessions are on a drop-in basis.
  • Contactless payment is preferred, but cash is accepted.
  • Masks are mandatory indoors, except when participating in sports and fitness. 

​​​​​​Register online for skating lessons and sessions

Online registration for public skating sessions is not required. Skaters may drop in on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Drop-in sessions such as Stick & Puck, Public Hockey, Drop-in Figure Skating, and Sledge Hockey will still require advanced online registration.

Registration opens three days in advance, and closes 30 minutes before the session starts. Flexipasses and 10-visit passes are accepted for online registration. If you are unable to attend a session for which you have registered, you must cancel in advance by accessing your vanrec.ca account.

Skaters 7 years and younger must be accompanied on the ice by a parent or guardian over the age of 16 years. Skate and helmet rentals are available for public skating sessions only.

Stick & Puck Public hockey Public figure skating

Para hockey

Skating Lessons

Skating lesson registration for all rinks starts on September 10 at 7pm. Lessons start the week of September 25.

Find out more information about skating lesson levels or register for a lesson