How lucky are we to have several indoor & outdoor ice rinks & skating ovals offering free public skating each winter in Southeastern New Brunswick?!
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.
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 2021.)
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: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex preschoolers 9:30-10:30am
- Tuesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Riverview 12 & under 3-4pm; Dieppe UNIplex preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am
- Wednesday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Riverview 18 & under 3:30-4:45pm; Dieppe’s AJL 3-4pm; Memramcook adults & kids 12:50-1:50pm & 2-3pm
- Thursday: Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:30pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex preschoolers 9:30-10:30am
- Friday: Dieppe UNIplex preschoolers with sticks, 9:30-10:30am; 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 2-3pm; Dieppe’s UNIplex 3:45-4:45pm; Riverview public 2:30-4pm; Memramcook public 11:30am-12:25pm
FREE & PAID PUBLIC SKATING BY LOCATION
The Superior Propane Centre (55 Russ Howard Drive) offers Parent & Tot skating on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am. Cost is $2.
Public skating at the Superior Propane Centre is 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 through Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am. 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.
Loaning of helmets is not permitted, so please bring your own. Helmets are mandatory. Proof of vaccination will be required for those 12+. 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 2021/2022 season. There is free public skating Saturdays 3:45 – 5:15pm in the lower arena and on Sundays 2:30 – 4pm in the upper arena. There’s also a youth skate (18 & under) Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45pm in the lower arena and a children’s skate (12 & under) on Tuesdays 3-4pm in the upper arena and Fridays 4-5:15pm in the lower arena.
Skaters 12 & over must show proof of vaccination, masks are mandatory in the arena (not while skating). Helmets are mandatory for those under the age of 13.
Free, family skating is available at the UNIplex (450 College Street) on Sundays from 3:45-4:45pm and at the AJL arena on Saturdays from 6:15-7:15pm & Sundays from 2-3pm.
Preschool skates take place at the UNIplex on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am. Preschoolers with sticks happens Tuesdays and Fridays at the UNIplex from 9:30-10:30am.
Proof of vaccination will be required for those 12+; masks must be worn in the arenas (but not on the ice). Helmets are mandatory for those 12 & under.
Shediac is holding off on public skating sessions until 2021, because of the pandemic.
Memramcook’s 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.
We’re waiting on 2021/2022 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.
The Petitcodiac arena opens October 1 – March 31. 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.
As of October 22, 2021 the Hillsborough Arena is offering public skating Friday nights from 8:15-9:15pm, Saturdays from 2-3pm & 8-9pm, and on Sundays from 2:15-3:315. Admission is $2/person or $5/family.
Masks are mandatory, as is proof of vaccination for those ages 12+. 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.)
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!