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Free Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating in the Greater Moncton Area

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

RELATED: What to do for winter fun in Greater Moncton

Please note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, make sure you are aware of the province’s current guidelines regarding public activities. Municipal outdoor & indoor rinks are closed during red phases.

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. 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. You are also reminded to check  (This post was updated February 2021.)


At a quick glance, here are the FREE indoor ice skating sessions for families in 2020/2021. Remember, paid indoor skating times, as well as our list of outdoor skating rinks in the Greater Moncton Area, are listed later in this post.

  • 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,



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 Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am. There is also a free public skate on Fridays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Skating on Fridays is free. 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.

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.


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.)

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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