How lucky are we to have several indoor & outdoor rinks & skating ovals offering free public skating in New Brunswick?!
This post highlights times available at indoor skating rinks in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Petitcodiac, Hillsborough, Memramcook, and Shediac; we’ve included some paid options, too, as well as the outdoor skating rinks at the end.
Generally indoor rinks open after Thanksgiving weekend and remain open until March or April; check the source links to confirm for the ice rink you want to visit. A reminder that this list is based on information available on municipal websites and social media accounts; please double check the source links for updates and details on where helmets are required, etc. (This post is being updated November 2020.)
FREE SKATING BY THE WEEK
At a quick glance, here are the FREE indoor ice skating sessions for families in 2020/2021; check through the details below for paid indoor skating times, as well as our list of outdoor skating rinks in the Greater Moncton Area.
- Monday: Hillsborough preschoolers 10am-11am; Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:15-4:15pm
- Tuesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
- Wednesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s AJL 3-4pm
- Thursday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
- Friday: Superior Propane Centre 10am-11am; Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena 10:15am-11:15am & 3:30pm-4:30pm *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule; Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm
- Sunday: Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under); Dieppe’s AJL 2-3pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:45-4:45p,
FREE & PUBLIC SKATING BY LOCATION
The Superior Propane Centre (55 Russ Howard Drive) offers Parent & Tot skating Monday through Friday from 10am to 11am, and on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am. Cost is $2; admission is free on Fridays, but check the schedule to make sure the session hasn’t been cancelled because of a tournament.
Public skating at the Superior Propane Centre are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 3:30pm to 4:30pm, and Sundays from 11:45am to 12:45pm. Cost for each session is $2.
Parents & Tots can skate at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena (99 Wynwood Drive) Mondays, Wednesdays, and most Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am. Skating on Fridays is free, but check the schedule, as some sessions are cancelled because of tournaments. There is also a free public skate (pending tournament cancellation) on Fridays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Public skates, $2 admission, are also held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm.
For 2020/2021, there is a limit of 50 skaters on the ice during any session; it’s first come, first served. Loaning of helmets is not permitted, so please bring your own. Helmets are mandatory. You can find all the latest skating information for the City of Moncton here.
Parents & Tots skate free at the Byron Dobson rink in Riverview on weekdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm for the 2020/2021 season.
Dieppe’s official public skating rink schedule is expected to be released shortly for 2020/2021. It appears that free, family skating will be available at the UNIplex (450 College Street) on Mondays from 3:15-4:15pm and on Sundays from 3:45-4:45pm. Free, public skating will be available at the AJL arena on Wednesdays from 3-4pm and Sundays from 2-3pm. Helmets are mandatory for those 12 & under.
Shediac is holding off on public skating sessions until 2021, because of the pandemic.
Memramcook is working on confirming its 2020/2021 season plans. In previous years, the Eugene Leblanc Arena opens to adults & kids on Wednesdays from 12:50-1:50pm, and from 2-3pm. The public can also skate on Fridays, 1-2:30pm and Sundays, 11:30am-12:25pm.
You can skate each weekday lunch hour at Sackville’s Civic Centre (12pm to 1:30pm) and Sundays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Cost is $8/family, or $3/adult & $2/senior or child under 12.
There are open public skates at the Petitcodiac arena on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Sunday open skate (from 1pm to 2:30pm) costs $2/skater, and children five and under are free.
For 2020/2021, masks are mandatory to enter the facility, and must be worn in dressing rooms and while skating. You can call 756-3126 for more information.
On Monday, preschoolers enjoy a free skate at the Hillsborough Arena between 10am and 11am. There are paid public skating sessions on Fridays & Saturdays from 8pm to 9pm and on Sundays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Skating sessions are $2/person or $5/family.
For 2020/2021, masks are mandatory to enter the rink, and must be worn whenever you are not on the ice. Youth 10 & under must wear a CSA-approved helmet; everyone is encouraged to wear a helmet when on the ice.
FREE OUTDOOR SKATING
Lace up your skates, grab a helmet, and enjoy all the outdoor rinks you can find! (These rinks & ovals may have later opening dates that indoor facilities.)
There is an outdoor rink behind the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, as well as one at Victoria Park. The City of Moncton also partners with neighbourhood volunteers to create skating rinks in some community parks.
- Lewisville Park (45 Glenmoor Drive)
- Brentwood Park (150 Brentwood Drive)
- Prince Edward Park (25 Burlington Avenue)
- Grove Hamlet (39 Ripplewood Road)
- Canadian Heights Park (35 Chelsea Road)
- Candlewood Park (90 Candlewood Drive)
- Knox Park (75 Knox Drive)
- Maplehurst Park (115 Maplehurst Drive)
- Pauline Frizzell Park (387 Salisbury Road)
- Hamilton Heights (120 Evergreen Drive)
The City requires helmets be worn while skating.
Riverview’s Winter Wonderland outdoor park also includes a skating oval. Helmets are recommended.
Dieppe maintains two outdoor rinks at Rotary St-Anselme Park (one for skating, one for games) and the oval behind City Hall (no sticks or pucks allowed here). Skating on the oval at Place 1604 is permitted daily between 10am and 9:30pm; please note that the ice is closed between 1-1:30pm and again from 5-5:30pm for maintenance. You can borrow skates and helmets (required for children 12 and under, recommended for others) on site Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays & Sundays (noon-4pm) until March 6, 2020. They will also be available on New Year’s Day and Family Day from noon until 4pm.
Salisbury has an outdoor skating rink, open daily depending on weather; check the Facebook page for updates. It is located on Douglas Avenue, just off Main Street.
Petitcodiac has two outdoor rinks for winter 2020. You’ll find them at the end of Maple Street in the Village.
Shediac has a skating oval at Pascal Poirier Park for all to enjoy!
For more outdoor fun ideas, visit our Winter Fun Round Up! (will be updated January 2020)