Fun Fact: 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 with this tradition, there are plenty of Public Skates and 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 opens mid-December. This list includes all the kids and family skates we could find, plus some adult 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

Skating in Halifax

The Emera Oval, Cogswell Street (902-490-2347)
The Emera Oval offers FREE public skating throughout the day, every day. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years of age and younger. Skate and helmet rental available with a government issued ID. Check the Emera Oval Calendar.

The Halifax Forum, Windsor Street (902-490-4621)
Please Note: The public skates at the The Halifax forum take place on MOST of the scheduled days below. There are some dates where public skates are not scheduled. Check their website or call 902-490-4614 before you go.
Public Skate – FREE
Wednesday & Friday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Centennial Arena27 Vimy Avenue (902-490-4926)
Parent and Tot
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Skating in Dartmouth

Dartmouth 4Pad, 259 Commodore Drive (902-444-4723)
The Darthmouth 4Pad has many different public skates, check their website for details.
Parent and Tot Skate – FREE
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am -11:50 am
Public Skate – FREE
Sundays: 2:15pm – 4:05 pm

Zatzman Sportsplex
110 Wyse Rd (902 -464-2600)
Parent and Tot Skate- Family fee $14
Tuesday 10:30 am – 11:50 am
Public Skate- Adult fee $7.00
Youth/Student/Senior skate fee $5.00 

Mondays and Fridays: 10:30 am – 11:50 am
Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Saturdays: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

Cole Harbour Place51 Forest Hills Parkway (902-464-5100)
Public Skate $4 per child/$5 per adult
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Skating in Bedford

BMO Centre, 61 Gary Martin Dr (902-835-5454)
The BMO Centre has many different public skates, check their website for details.
Parent and Tot Skate (5 & under) – FREE
Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 11:50 am
Public Skate – FREE
Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Parent and Youth  (Ages 6-10) Skate -FREE
Monday – Friday: 10:00 pm – 11:50 pm
*PD Days and Holidays: 10:00AM – 10:50AM

Skating in

Skating in Sackville

Sackville Sports Stadium, 409 Glendale Drive (902-869-4141)
Public Skate – Free
Monday: 10:35 am – 11:55 am, 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
Tuesday: 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
Wednesday: 10:35 am – 11:55 am, 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
Thursday: 10:35 am – 11:55 am, 6:05 pm – 6:55 pm
Friday: 10:35 am – 11:55 am, 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
Saturday: 3:05 pm – 3:55 pm
Sunday: 4:05 pm – 4:55 pm

Sackville Arena, 91 First Lake Drive (902-865-8898)
Public Skate – FREE
Monday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Skating in Tantallon

St. Margaret’s Bay Arena, 12 Westwood Blvd (902-826-2100)
Parent and Tot Skate – FREE
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Adult Skate – $3.50 per person
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

If we have missed your favourite skating rink, we want to hear about it! Feel free to to send us a quick email and we will add it to our list.