Burlington residents have discovered that recreational skating can take the chill out of winter.   This past holiday season the City of Burlington saw an increase in recreational skating by over 25% over last year. Thanks, in part, to corporate sponsor Tim Hortons who provided over 67 hours of holiday skating in the City of Burlington and provided residents with the experience and benefits of recreational skating for FREE.

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Skating is a perfect remedy for cabin fever in the winter months and provides an energizing cardiovascular workout that increases endurance and strengthens muscles.  Did you know that assuming a body weight of 150 lbs, skating at 9 mph or less, burns approximately 374 calories per hour?  Skating is also an inexpensive activity that can provide hours of fun for the entire family. Of course, you will need skates and helmets, they are a must for children and highly recommended for adults.  Got them?  GREAT…. you are all ready to go! 


The City of Burlington offers indoor  recreational skating and “drop-in” shinny hockey for all ages in several of its indoor arenas.  If you prefer the outdoors, you can always enjoy free outdoor recreational skating at the Rotary Centennial Pond during the winter season.   Prefer a less “public” skating affair?  Consider organizing your own private skating party or event by renting some ice time.  Call the City of Burlington customer service number at 905-331-7465 or e-mail  to find out more about available ice times within the City.    If you don’t know how to skate – no worries – the City of Burlington offers “learn to skate” and other fun skating programs for all ages!   Check them out in the Live and Play Guide.   


If you enjoyed the Free Holiday Skating during the holiday’s you’ll want to check out the RBC – FREE Family Skate on Family Day – Monday February 17 at Appleby Ice Centre and meet Gold Medal Women’s Hockey Olympian –Becky Keller (Duke). She will be on site from 1:30-3pm handing out signed RBC pucks and RBC Play Hockey laces (while supplies last).  Let’s hope Becky brings at least one of those 4 Olympic medals she has won to check out.   Free skate times are from 12-1pm; 1-2pm; 2-3pm on pad 1.   Please note that capacity restrictions are in effect. 


To find out what skating activities are happening in any of the City arenas –visit the Skating Calendar at  or, call one of our customer service representatives at 905-331-7465 to learn more! 

Live and Play in Burlington by lacing em’ up this winter! 

If your organization is interested in providing a Free Community Skate or exploring other sponsorship or advertising opportunities – contact Lori Henderson at 905-335-6000 ext. 7814 or email

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