Recreational Public Skating

Recreational Public Skating

The Olympic Oval typically offers more than 50 recreational public skating sessions per month on our 400-meter oval ice. The Skate Shop rents hockey and speed skates for use within the Olympic Oval. Available sizes range from child's 8 to adult 12. The Skate Shop can also help with all your skate sharpening and servicing needs!

The first day of recreational public skating is Saturday, July 27, 2024.

 

Recreational public skating schedule — click here.

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Public Skating Schedule

Find out what times the Olympic Oval is open for recreational public skating.

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Refund Policy

Please note the Olympic Oval's policies for membership and drop-in refunds. 

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Waiver

Waiver of liability and assumption of risk.

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Monday Night Toonie Skate

The Oval's Monday Night Toonie Skate will be back starting on Monday, August 26, 2024.

Public Ice Skating

Admission

Adult (18-54)

$7.00

Family (2 Adults + Children under 18)

$18.50

Youth/Senior (6-17 and 55+)

$4.75

Special Needs (with assistant)

$5.00

Child/Pre-School (0-5)

$0.00

Equipment Rental

Equipment Rental

Hockey and Speed Skate Rentals (includes free helmet rental)

$7.25

Helmet Rental Only

$2.50

Public Ice Skating (Group)

Admission (per person)

Group Rate Youth/Senior (15 or more people ages 6-17 and 55+ years)

$3.75

Group Rate Adult (15 or more people ages 18-54 years)

$6.00

Season Pass Skate & Run with Parking

Pricing

Adult (18-54)

$189.25

Youth/Senior

$171.75

The benefits of recreational public skating

Skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs, which is important for joint flexibility. It also builds up the leg and abdominal muscles. Like any workout, skating is great for cardiovascular health – it gets blood pumping and the heart rate up. And it’s a lot of fun to glide around the ice; unlike with other types of exercise, you probably won’t even remember that you’re working out!


Joint and muscle health

Joint and muscle health Skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs, which is important for joint flexibility. It also builds up the leg and abdominal muscles. Like any workout, skating is great for cardiovascular health – it gets blood pumping and the heart rate up. And it’s a lot of fun to glide around the ice; unlike with other types of exercise, you probably won’t even remember that you’re working out!

Improved balance, coordination and weight management

Strengthening your muscles and improving your joint health leads to better balance. So does trying to stay standing on the ice. By learning to engage your muscles to stay standing, you’re not only toning them, but also improving your control over your body and your endurance.

According to Harvard Medical School, ice skating will burn up to 200 calories per hour, making it a great way to lose or maintain weight when combined with a healthy diet.

Stress management

Working out in general is a great way to relieve stress because physical activity releases endorphins in the brain. Learning to ice skate also boosts self-confidence and hones focus as you learn the many new moves skating offers, like crossovers, going backwards and spinning. Bringing friends to the rink or meeting new people during lessons is also a great way to relax and unwind after a long week at work.

Equipment needed

A properly fitted pair of skates is a must. If you’re not sure whether you’ll stick with skating, rental skates are a good choice. Rental skates are high quality, and you’ll be able to try a variety of sizes. Aside from skates, make sure you bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands during falls, dress in warm clothing you can move in and bring pads and a helmet if they make you feel more comfortable.

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Where to start

A basic skating class is the safest bet if you’ve never been on the ice before or haven’t skated since childhood. These classes teach important skills like how to stop and how to fall! Starting out by learning the right way is a lot more fun than struggling, clutching the rink wall and possibly getting hurt. The University of Calgary's Active Living offers amazing learn-to-skate classes.

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We had so much fun at the Oval. It was too cold to do anything outside so we decided to come with our friends and we had a blast. The vibe, music, and energy was awesome.

Malcolm Bell

Malcolm Bell

Public Skater