Where to Skate in HRM: Public Skates and Free Family Skates, Winter 2016/17

Family Skates and Public Skates in Halifax this Winter

Did you know that Halifax was home to British North America’s very first indoor skating rink, way back in 1863? It was in the Public Gardens! Click here to read that story from CBC Nova Scotia.

Continuing the tradition, there are plenty of Open Public Skates and Free Family Skates in Halifax this winter. Most public skate schedules begin late October and run until the end of March, with the exception of The Halifax Oval, which usually opens mid-December. This list includes all the kids and family skates we could find, plus some adult (18 and over) skates, so you can get some healthy “me-time”. Skating times are subject to change and do not include holiday or blackout dates, so please double-check before you go.

Halifax | Dartmouth | Bedford | Sackville | Tantallon


The Halifax Oval, Cogswell Street (902-490-2347)
The Halifax Oval offers FREE public skating throughout the day, every day. Helmets are mandatory for all ages. Skate, helmet and snowshoe rental available with a government issued ID. Check the Halifax Oval Calendar.

Scotiabank CentreCarmichael Street Entrance (902-421-8000)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:00 – 12:50pm, FREE Noon Skate (Adults only)

Devonshire Arena, 3395 Devonshire Ave (902-490-4633)
Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 pm, FREE Family Public Skate

Halifax Forum, Windsor Street (902-490-4621)
Monday, 10:30 – 12 noon, Civic Arena, Adult Skate
Tuesday:  12:00-1:30pm at the Forum, Adult Skate
Wednesday: 10:30- 12 noon, Civic Arena, FREE Adult Skate
Thursday: 12 noon- 1:30, Civic Arena, Adult Skate,
Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am Parent and Tot, Civic Arena, FREE
Friday: 10:00- 11:30 am, Seniors, Civic Arena, FREE

Centennial Arena27 Vimy Avenue (902-490-4926)
Monday: 9:00am – 10:30am, Pre-School Skate

Spryfield Lion’s Rink, 111 Drysdale Rd, (902-477-5466)
Phone facility for skate times


Dartmouth Sportsplex110 Wyse Rd (902 -464-2600)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:30-11:15 am, Open Skate
Friday, 6:30-7:45 pm, Open Skate
Sunday, 3:30-4:45 pm, Open Skate

Cole Harbour Place51 Forest Hills Parkway (902-464-5100)
Monday-Friday, 10:00-11:00 am, Midmorning Skate
Saturday, 2:30-4:00 pm, Open Skate

Bowles Arena,15 Ragus Rd (902-490-6100)
Sunday, from 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm, FREE Family Public Skate

Gray Arena, 15 Monique Ave (902-490-4551)
Sunday,  4:00 am – 4:45 pm, FREE Family Public Skate
Tuesday  10:00 am – 11:50 pm, FREE Parent & Tot Skate
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am – 11:50 am, FREE Adult Fitness Skate (18 yrs and older)


BMO Centre, 61 Gary Martin Dr (902-835-5454)
The BMO Centre has so many different public skates, that its hard to list them all here. Check their website for details.
Monday- Friday, 10:00 am- 10:50 am, Parent and Tot Skate (Children up to 5)
Monday, Wednesday, 3:15-4:05pm, Family Skate (Children under 10)
Friday, 3:00-3:50 pm, Family Skate (Children under 10)
Sunday 4:30-5:20 pm, Family Skate (Children under 10)
Holidays and PD Days: 11:00-11:50 pm, Parent and Youth (age 6-10) Skate

LeBrun Arena, 36 Holland Rd (902-490-4664)
Sunday, 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm, Free Family Skate
Monday, Wednesday 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm; Friday 3:00 pm to 4:50 pm, Free Open Skate
Tuesdays 11:00 am – 11:50 am, Free Adult Rec Skate (18 yrs and older)
Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00 am – 10:50 am, FREE Parent & Tot Skate
Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 am – 12:50 pm, Adult Fitness Skate


Sackville Outdoor Skating Rink, Behind Acadia Hall, 650 Sackville Dr. (902) 865-7751
Halifax has the Oval – Sackville has ‘The Rectangle!’ This community-built rink is open for the season. We’re not sure about the opening hours, but if you’re from Sack-Vegas, you may have local knowledge. Contact the Sackville Business Association  or Acadia Hall (number above) with any questions.

Sackville Arena, 409 Glendale Drive (902-869-4141)
Monday, 3:05-3:55 pm, Public Skate
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,10:35-11:55 am, Public Skate
Friday, 11:05-11:55 am/3:05-3:55 pm Public Skate
Saturday, 3:05-3:55 pm, Public Skate
Sunday,4:05-4:55 pm, Public Skate


St. Margaret’s Bay Arena 12 Westwood Blvd (902-826-2100)
Friday, 3:00 – 4:50 pm, Public Skate
Saturday, 7:00 – 8:20 pm, Public Skate
Sunday, 1:30 – 2:50 pm, Public Skate
Tuesday and Thursday , 10:00 am – 11:50 am, Parent and Tot (up to 5 yrs.) Skate

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