Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs

(Updated on March 21, 2022)

Please review the following information carefully prior to visiting the Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey programs.

Thank you for supporting the Town of Aurora Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Facility Access & Self-Monitoring
  • All drop-in activities are “first come, first serve".
  • Patrons are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending a recreation program and to not enter a Town of Aurora facility if feeling unwell.
  • Staff will also self-monitor before they enter the facilities daily and report for duty, and will not enter the facilities if ill.
Face Masks are No Longer Mandatory at Town Facilities
  • Effective March 21, 2022, masks will no longer be mandatory for visitors or participants at all Town of Aurora facilities, in accordance with Provincial legislation. Visitors/participants may choose to continue to wear masks and are encouraged to do so, particularly in areas with large crowds or confined spaces. We are asking that anyone entering our facilities conduct a COVID-19 self- assessment and if you are experiencing symptoms to stay home.
Dressing Rooms
  • Dressing rooms are available for use with no capacity limits.
Cleaning and Sanitization
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be made available at the entrance and accessible throughout the facility.
  • Program Participants are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before and after using the facility and not touch their face. By using the indoor recreation facilities, the program participants voluntarily assume all risks, including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease such as COVID-19. 

Skating Activities

Public indoor recreational skating and stick & puck hockey is offered various times throughout the week, year round at numerous locations. Please refer to the current schedule for further details on times and location.

Skating Activities are available at the following locations (see schedule for details):

  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex (A.F.L.C.)
  • Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.)
  • Aurora Community Centre (A.C.C.)

Outdoor skating is also available weather dependent in the winter months (usually January to mid-March). For an updated list of outdoor rink locations and availability please see below.

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Prices

Admission Fees - Public Skating

$3 per skate, per person

$24.50 for 10 tickets

Admission Fees - Stick & Puck and Shinny Hockey

$6.45 per skate, per person

$52.50 for 10 tickets 

Note: Prices effective January 1, 2022.

Desjardins Days

Free Public Skate activities happen one day per month! See the Desjardins Days webpage for details.

Tips for Public Skating
  • Arrive early. Participants can now check in up to 30 minutes before the start of their skate to use the change room.
  • Participants are encouraged to come dressed ready to skate. Skate guards are a great way to put your kids' skates on beforehand, then leave the house and safely arrive dressed and ready to go.
  • If you choose to use the dressing rooms, be sure to collect your belongings and keep them in a bag so items don’t get lost before stepping on the ice.
  • Have fun!
Skating Activities - Spring 2022: April 1 to June 30

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Location: A.F.L.C.

All skating activities will take place at the A.F.L.C. (any exceptions will be shown in the charts below).

Public Skate
DayTime

Sunday

11:00am - 12:00pm

Wednesday

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Family Skate (12 & Under with Supervising Parents/Guardians)
DayTime

Saturday

1:00pm - 2:00pm*

*This program runs from May 14 to June 25, 2022.

Senior Skate
DayTime

Tuesday

10:30am - 11:30am

Thursday

10:30am - 11:30am

Parent & Child Stick & Puck/Skate (children 12 years and younger)
DayTime

Thursday

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Family Shinny Hockey (children 6 to 12 years and adults)
DayTime

Sunday

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Ladies Shinny
DayTime

Friday

11:15am - 12:45pm

Adult Shinny Hockey
DayTime

Monday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Tuesday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Wednesday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Thursday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Skating Activities - Summer 2022: July 2 to September 1

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Location: S.A.R.C.

All skating activities will take place at the S.A.R.C. (any exceptions will be shown in the charts below).

Public Skate - All Ages
DayTime

Sunday

11:00am - 12:00pm*

Wednesday

6:30pm - 7:30pm

*No skate on Sunday, July 10.

Family Skate - Ages 12 & Under (with Adult)
DayTime

Wednesday

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Youth Shinny Hockey - Ages 11 to 14 years (born 2008 to 2011)
DayTime

Monday

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Youth Shinny Hockey - Ages 15 to 17 years (born 2005 to 2007)
DayTime

Monday

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Adult Shinny Hockey
DayTime

Tuesday

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Thursday

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Skating Activities - Holiday Schedules

Note - Regularly scheduled times may be altered during Holiday seasons throughout the year.

Please visit our Holiday Schedules webpage for full details.

Outdoor Skating

Outdoor Skating - Updated on March 15, 2022.

All Outdoor skating rinks are now closed for the season and signs have been posted at all outdoor rink locations

Please find a list of outdoor rink locations below. No hockey, stick and puck or other sports are permitted, unless on one of the designated rinks at Machell Park or Stewart Burnett Park.

Helmets are recommended to be worn when using the rinks. Registration is not required to enjoy the rinks. 

Outdoor Rink Locations
  1. Town Park (1 Rink -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)

    Status update: Closed for the Season

  2. Ada Johnson Park (1 Rink -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)

    Status update: Closed for the Season

  3. Machell Park (2 Rinks -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)
    1 rink will be dedicated for pleasure skating
    1 rink will be dedicated for stick and puck (no nets)

    Status update: Closed for the Season

  4. Confederation Park 

    Status update: Closed for the season

  5. Stewart Burnett Park (2 Rinks - Ez-Rink with boards and liner)
    1 rink will be dedicated for pleasure skating
    1 rink will be dedicated for stick and puck (no nets)
    Status update: Closed for the Season

  6. James Lloyd Park (Old fashion rolled rink over basketball court)

    Status update: Closed for the Season
    Volunteer built and maintained only!

  7. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Park (Old fashion rolled rink)

    Status update: Closed for the Season
    Town built. Volunteer maintained only!

Note - All rinks, except James Lloyd Park, will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, weather and rink conditions permitting. James Lloyd Park will close at 10 p.m.

Registration is not required to use the rinks.

Please note: The rinks at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Park and James Lloyd Park are built by volunteer groups in the community. When weather conditions are suitable, the volunteer group will start building a rink at these locations. Information on their status will be updated on this page.

Outdoor Rink Closures

As the weather begins to get warmer, staff will continue to monitor rink conditions and may begin closing rinks for the season, on a location by location basis at any time.

Stormwater Ponds

REMINDER: We are asking residents to be extremely cautious around frozen ponds. Please do not walk, sled or skate on the local ponds. Skating on ponds is not permitted and extremely dangerous. In fact, many of the Town’s ponds are not regular ponds, but instead stormwater ponds - an important part of our Town’s drainage system. The ponds may look safe, but under the surface they have flowing water that results in a thinner ice surface with unpredictable conditions.

 

Rules of Use 
  • Use of outdoor rink time is for pleasure skating for Town of Aurora residents only.
  • No hockey, stick & puck play or other sports are permitted, unless on one of the designated rinks at Machell Park or Stewart Burnett Park.
  • Masks are recommended when using the rink.
  • Helmets are recommended when using the rinks.
  • There are no washroom facilities available.
  • Please maintain physical distancing

Note - All outdoor rinks are subject to closure without notice due to inclement weather, poor rink conditions.

Stick & Puck and Shinny Guidelines and Rules

Adult Shinny Hockey

Adult Shinny Hockey players must be 18 years or older to participate. The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora strongly recommends full equipment be worn including helmet and glove protection.

​Parent & Child Skate/Stick & Puck Hockey

This program allows parents/guardians and children (12 years and under) to learn to skate and work on basic hockey skills.

Hockey equipment such as sticks, pucks, pads, etc. are allowed on the ice surface. Children 6 and under must as accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora recommends wearing a helmet and glove protection while on the ice surface.