Skate Capacity During Public Skates
Skate drop-in capacity is based on the number of staff present on ice. Skate capacity may fluctuate based on staff levels. At this time, skate capacity may at times be lower and some programs may be cancelled due to staffing shortages. The Town will make every effort for skates to be at full capacity. We are diligently working to expand our staff roster so we can resume offering full-capacity programs as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.


Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs

(Updated on November 11, 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

$3.15 per skate, per person

$26.25 for 10 x tickets

$49.25 for 20 x tickets

$71.30 for 30 x tickets

Admission Fees - Shinny Hockey

$6.75 per skate, per person

$54.75 for 10 x tickets

Note: Prices effective February 1, 2023.

Desjardins Days

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

What to Expect at Public Skating
  • 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.
  • All patrons must skate in the same direction. All Public Skates may include a change in skating direction mid-way through the program. Staff will alert patrons of the change in direction by sounding the buzzer. The exceptions to this rule are the 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Public Skate on Sundays (only), Senior Skates and Adult Skates.
  • The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora recommend wearing a helmet and glove protection while on the ice surface.
  • Every 60 minutes of scheduled skate time includes a 10-minute flood.
  • Payment is required at the Customer Service desk before you may participate in a program.
  • Have fun!
Skating Activities - Winter 2023: January 7 to March 31

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
DayTime

Sunday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m*

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.^

Saturday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m^

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.^

*Note: This skate does not change direction mid-way through the skate. All other Public Skates may include a change in the skating direction halfway through the program.

^No Public Skates on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, 2023 due to a tournament in the facility.

Mayor and Council New Year's Levee - Free Public Skate
Saturday, January 21 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
S.A.R.C. - New Roads Toyota Arena

Senior Skate
DayTime

Tuesday

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Adult Skate
DayTime

Monday

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.*

*Note: This skate may not be supervised at all times. Please see the “Unsupervised Adult Skates” for more details.

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

Monday

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Thursday

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Monday

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

Located at the A.F.L.C.

DayTime

Sunday

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Ladies Shinny
DayTime

Wednesday

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.*

*No Ladies Shinny on Friday, January 27 and Friday, February 3, 2023.

Men's Shinny
DayTime

Tuesday

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Thursday

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Adult Shinny Hockey
DayTime

Monday

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.*

*No Adult Shinny on Friday, February 3, 2023 due to a tournament in the facility.
Holiday & P.A. Day Public Skates
DayTime

Monday, February 20

Family Day Skate

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 January 20, 2023

Starting Saturday, January 21, outdoor rinks at Machell Park and Ada Johnson Park will be open for skating.

Town staff are working hard to get additional rinks up and running. Helmets are recommended to be worn when using the rinks. 

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 Ada Johnson 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

  2. Ada Johnson 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: Open 

  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: Open

  4. Confederation Park
    1 rink for pleasure skating 

    Status update: Closed 

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

    Status update: Under Construction
    Volunteer built and maintained only!

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

    Status update: Under Construction
    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, Men's & Ladies Shinny Hockey

  • Adult, Men's and Ladies 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.
  • Admission must be purchased in person at the Customer Service Desk before players enter the changerooms.
  • Admission sales start 30 minutes before the scheduled start time on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • During admission, players will be required to show Photo ID and add their first and last name to the program roster each day, for the purpose of verifying attendance only.

​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.

Family & Youth Shinny Hockey

  • Must wear full equipment (including mouth guard, neck guard and helmet with cage).
  • No contact.
  • No age exceptions will be made.

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

Unsupervised Adult Skates
  • Adult Skates, taking place on Monday evenings, are open to participants ages 18 years and older.
  • Adult Skates are open to leisure skating activity. There is to be no hockey equipment or activity on the ice during this time.
  • Please note that these skates may not be staffed at all times.
  • The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora strongly recommends wearing a helmet and glove protection while on ice.
  • Participants may not enter the ice if the Zamboni doors are open.
  • If patrons require assistance during the skate, they should speak with Facility or Customer Service staff onsite.