You’re Invited: Leisure Skate and Shinny Hockey Programs at Toronto’s Outdoor Rinks

January 10, 2010. Campbell Park in the Bloor-Lansdowne neighbourhood of Toronto has an outdoor ice rink that is mostly used for shinny (pick-up hockey). This is a short clip of a game:

FREE Outdoor Rinks

Enjoy the winter season by gliding around the different Toronto outdoor rinks in your area that offer leisure skating, so… lace up your skates!

Please click here to find the status information for your local rink (you can also click on the facility name for program information at each facility).

Also, to see a listing of drop-in programs at all facilities, please click here.

Drop-in Skating Fees

Leisure Skating Fees

Public Skate……………………………….FREE for all ages
Supervised Adult Only Skate………… $3 indoor supervised arenas, FREE at outdoor rinks
Family Skate……………………………….FREE for all ages

Note: When older adults attend adult only skate programs, they pay half the fee. Shinny hockey is free at all outdoor rinks.

Outdoor rink map button


 Leisure Skate Programs

Please check the individual site of your local arena/rink to learn more about leisure skate programs offered at that facility, as well as specific program information.

  • Public Skate (all ages); Skating time for children, youth, adults and older adults.
  • Parent/Caregiver & Tot Skate (adults & children under 6 yrs); Parents/caregiver and children skate together and practice skating skills in an enjoyable slower paced environment.
  • Family Skate (children & youth under 19); A program for families who want to skate together (an adult must accompany). This is an ideal program for children and youth who are learning to skate and need to skate in a slower pace environment or with the assistance of an adult.
  • Youth/Teen Skate (13-18 yrs); skating time for youth aged 13 to 18.
  • Adult Skate (19 yrs+); skating time for adults 19 years and up.
  • Older Adult Skate (60 yrs+); skating time for older adults.
  • Figure Skating (all ages); open ice for figure skaters to practice their routines with coaches.

Hockey & Shinny Programs

  • Shinny Hockey (Time is scheduled by a variety of ages or gender); Every shinny hockey game is a little bit different. The general rules are that the puck stays on the ice, there are no goalies and no body contact.  Bring a CSA approved hockey helmet, gloves, stick, and a puck, and join a pick-up game near you.
  • Pick-up Hockey; Pick up hockey differs from shinny hockey as players wear full equipment. The puck may be raised and goalies are invited to play; however body contact is still prohibited.

Women’s Hockey

Are you a woman who is interested in hockey but can’t find the right place to start training? Parks, Forestry & Recreation offers a women’s hockey school on Thursday nights at Mary McCormick arena and women’s shinny hockey at 14 locations around the City. For more information, call 311.

You're Invited: Leisure Skate and Shinny Hockey Programs at Toronto's Outdoor Rinks
You're Invited: Leisure Skate and Shinny Hockey Programs at Toronto's Outdoor Rinks

Women’s Shinny Hockey is a free, drop in program for women of all ages and abilities.

In shinny hockey, the puck is not raised off the ice, and no goalies are used.

Body contact is not permitted either. Players form teams and play informal games.

All players must provide their own hockey skates (no figures skates allowed), a CSA approved hockey helmet (mandatory), a hockey stick, and hockey gloves.

Strongly recommended is a full face mask on your helmet, a neck guard and a mouth guard.

Free Women’s Hockey Clinics will be offered at Monarch, Trinity, and Withrow at the regular program times listed below, on Dec. 5, 6 & 8, weather permitting.

Celebrate the start of the Women’s Hockey Season: Tuesday, December 13 at Monarch Park AIR (Artificial Ice Rink)

Join the Women of Winter for free hockey clinics, demonstrations, and hot chocolate starting at 7:30 pm.

All women welcome, all ages, all abilities!

Program Locations, days and times:

  • Prince of Wales Rink, 1 Third St.
    Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Westway Rink, 175 the Westway
    Thursday 12 – 1:30 pm
    Sunday 2 – 3pm
  • Dufferin Grove AIR, 1260 Dufferin St.
    Tuesday 9 pm – 11 pm
    Season: November 19 to March 11, weather permitting
  • Greenwood Park AIR,
    150 Greenwood Ave.
    Wednesday 8 pm – 10 pm
    Saturday 10 am – 12 noon
  • Hodgson AIR, 276 Davisville Ave.
    Sunday 7 pm – 8 pm
    Season: November 19 to March 11, weather permitting
  • Jimmie Simpson AIR, 870 Queen St. E.
    Monday 7:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E.
    Monday 6 pm – 8:15 pm – Women
    Wednesday 6 pm – 7 pm – Girls 9 to 14 years
    Season: November 19 to March 11, weather permitting
  • North Toronto Memorial CC AIR,
    200 Eglinton Ave. W.
    Thursday 6:30 pm – 8 pm – Girls
    Thursday 8 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Ramsden AIR, 1020 Yonge St.
    Tuesday 7 pm – 8:45 pm
    Thursday 9 pm – 10 pm
  • Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.
    Tuesday 8 pm – 10 pm
  • Rosedale AIR, 20 Schofield Ave.
    Wednesday 9 pm – 10 pm
  • Riverdale Park East AIR,
    550 Broadview Ave.
    Sunday 10 am – 12 noon
  • Trinity-Bellwoods AIR,
    790 Queen St. W.
    Monday 9:15 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Withrow Park AIR,
    725 Logan Ave.
    Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm

Now open Goodwill’s Hockey ReUse Equipment Bank at 350 Progress Ave, Scarborough (Brimley/401 area), Toronto, Ontario, where you can get sanitized gear at affordable prices: for more info, please visit .

City of Toronto Contact Info:

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call us. We are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

December 2, 2011

Time to lace up for Toronto’s outdoor rink program

Lace up your skates! Beginning tomorrow, December 3, Toronto’s outdoor rink program will be in full swing, offering a wide range of free leisure skate and shinny hockey programs for all ages.

Weather permitting, the City of Toronto’s outdoor rink program will operate until February 26, with an extended season at a number of locations until March 11.

Toronto’s 51 outdoor rinks are compressor-cooled, which makes it possible for them to operate in a range of weather conditions. Ice quality may vary according to the outside temperature and precipitation, and closures during the skating season are sometimes necessary – especially when there is heavy snowfall.

Don’t forget about head protection. All children under the age of six must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet on the ice. Helmets are also mandatory for people of all ages participating in supervised shinny hockey and learn-to-skate programs.

More information about Toronto’s outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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