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Free Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating in the Greater Moncton Area

How lucky are we to have several indoor & outdoor ice rinks & skating ovals offering free public skating each winter in Southeastern New Brunswick?!

RELATED: What to do for winter fun in Greater Moncton

This post highlights free skating times available at indoor ice rinks in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Petitcodiac, Hillsborough, Memramcook, and Shediac. We’ve included some paid options, too, as well as a list of outdoor skating rinks at the end.

Please note: We curate this list from various sources each fall. We’re in the process of updating for 2022/2023 skating season.

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. Outdoor rinks are very much a winter option, though a few newer ones are refrigerated and open by late November, generally. 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 was updated October 2022.)

FREE SKATING IN GREATER MONCTON BY THE WEEK

At a quick glance, here are the FREE indoor ice skating sessions for families in 2021/2022. Paid indoor skating times, as well as our list of outdoor skating rinks in the Greater Moncton Area, are found later in this post.

  • Monday: Dieppe’s AJL preschoolers 9:30-10:30am; Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Hillsborough preschoolers 10-11am
  • Tuesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Riverview 12 & under 3-4pm; Dieppe AJL preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am
  • Wednesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Riverview 18 & under 3:30-4:45pm; Memramcook adults & kids 12:50-1:50pm & 2-3pm
  • Thursday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s AJL preschoolers 9:30-10:30am
  • Friday: Dieppe AJL preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am; Superior Propane Arena parent & tot 10-11am *unless there are tournament bookings; please check the schedule; 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; Riverview 12 & under, 4-5:15pm; Memramcook public 1-2:30pm
  • Saturday: Riverview public 3:45-5:15pm; Dieppe’s AJL 6:15-7:15pm
  • Sunday: Petitcodiac 1pm-2:30pm ($2/skater, free for ages five & under); Dieppe’s AJL 2:15-3:15pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:30-4:30pm; Riverview public 2:30-4pm; Memramcook public 11:30am-12:25pm

FREE & PAID PUBLIC SKATING BY LOCATION

Moncton

The Superior Propane Centre (55 Russ Howard Drive) offers Parent & Tot skating on Mondays through Fridays, from 10am to 11am and on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am. Cost is $2 (Fridays are free). Public skating is held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 3:30pm to 4:30pm, and Sundays from 11:45am to 12:45pm. Cost is $2.

Parents & Tots can skate at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena (99 Wynwood Drive) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am. Cost is $2, except on Fridays when it’s free. There is also a free public skate on Fridays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Public skates, $2 admission, are also held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm.

There is a 9:30am to 10:30am Parent & Tot skate at the Moncton Coliseum on Saturdays, and a public skate on Saturdays from 3:45-5:15pm; cost for each is $2.

Helmets are mandatory and not available for rental, so please plan ahead!

Riverview

Please note: the 2022/2023 public skating season at the Byron Dobson rink begins October 29, 2022. 

Parents & Tots skate free at the Byron Dobson rink in Riverview on weekdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm for the 2022/2023 season. There is free public skating Saturdays 3:45 – 5:15pm and on Sundays 2:30 – 4pm. There’s also a youth skate (18 & under) Wednesdays from 3:00-4:45pm and a children’s skate (12 & under) on Tuesdays 3-4pm and Fridays 4-5:15pm in the lower arena.

Helmets are mandatory for those under the age of 13.

Dieppe

Dieppe’s public skating rinks are UNIplex, the Arthur-J.-LeBlanc Centre and the refrigerated skating oval at Place 1604.

Free, family skating is available at the AJL arena on Saturdays from 6:15-7:15pm & Sundays from 2:15-3:15pm. Free, family skating is also available at UNIplex (450 College Street) on Sundays from 3:30-4:30pm.

Preschool skates take place at AJL on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am. Preschoolers with sticks happens Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:30am. All are free.

Those 12 & under must wear approved helmets.

Shediac

Shediac hasn’t posted a 2022/2023 schedule yet, but you can reach the arena at (506) 532-7008.

Memramcook

Memramcook’s Eugene Leblanc Arena previously opened to adults & kids on Wednesdays from 12:50-1:50pm, and from 2-3pm, with public skating on Fridays, 1-2:30pm, and Sundays, 11:30am-12:25pm.

Sackville

We’re waiting on 2022/2023 updates, but in previous years you could 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.

Petitcodiac

The Petitcodiac arena is facing some equipment challenges, delaying its October 2022 opening. We’ll update as possible, but in previous years, the schedule was public skating 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. You can call 756-3126 for more information.

Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Arena‘s 2022/2023 season begins October 13, with public skating Friday nights from 8:15-9:15pm and Saturdays from 2-3pm & 8-9pm. Family skating is held Sundays from 2:15-3:315, and there’s a free Preschool Skate on Mondays 10-11am. Admission is $2/person or $5/family.

Youth 10 & under must wear a CSA-approved helmet; everyone is encouraged to wear a helmet when on the ice.

FREE OUTDOOR SKATING IN GREATER MONCTON

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; we’ll update after the Christmas holidays. Information below is from early 2021.)

In Moncton, enjoy skating on the Ian Fowler Oval at Avenir Centre (open 10am-10pm), as well as in Centennial Park. (One rink in the park is designated for skating, while the other is for hockey.)

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.

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!

4 thoughts on “Free Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating in the Greater Moncton Area

  1. Dominique November 7, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I was just wondering if helmets are required for public skating for ages over 18? Thank you

    • Jenna Morton November 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Each municipality seems to have its own rules. It appears that in Moncton helmets are mandatory for all, Riverview and Dieppe it’s 12 and under, etc.

  2. Andy Daigle February 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I see this was updated last week. Here you indicate that the Uniplex is open today for public skate (Sundays from 3:45-4:45pm) . Is that accurate and updated for Covid or is that just what would have been available. I can find a direct phone number anywhere for them, just the city’s main number which is useless. Thx for any info you may have…. Andy

    • Jenna Morton February 21, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Andy! The City of Dieppe’s cancellation page, updated on Feb 17, shows the ice surfaces at UNIPlex as open. I’d suggest calling 384-3437 or 877-7949 to try for updates on the weekend. It appears as though the facility is open during both Yellow & Orange phases.

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