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November 18, 19,20, 25, 26, 27

December 24-January 2

January 6,7,8

February 5, 8, 11,18, 19

March 4, 13-17 


Welcome to CanSkate

We are excited to get your skater back on the ice!

Here are a few tips to help your skating experience with us be a fun experience.  Once you have completed your daily screening at the front door, head to the rink area and you will find our volunteers at a CanSkate table with your child's name tag on it, and instructions as to what dressing room you are in, it is important that you go your assigned dressing room as the classes after you have different dressing rooms as well, this alleviates congestion in the hallways and dressing rooms.  Once you are ready for your session please go to the assigned entrance and wait for your class to begin.  When your child's class has begun we ask that all parents sit in seating to watch your child's class.  Standing at the side is not recommended as skaters tend to leave their group to chat with their parents, to ensure the best quality lessons please sit in the seating area.  All ice surface doors are to remain closed during the session for your child's safety.   At the end of your CanSkate session, we ask all parents to meet your skater at the exit door. Upon leaving please put your name tag back on the table.  Winter registration is open on the website.

All tags and toys used will be properly sanitized after each session.


Theme Days

  • October 24th-30th Halloween week. Your skater can wear their Halloween costume. Please ensure your skater is able to move freely in it on the ice.
  • December 17th-23rd Christmas Family Skate, bring your family and enjoy some special performances from our Senior skaters.

Exclusion days  

These dates are due to hockey tournaments, or other activities previous booked with the City of Barrie

  • October 22,23,31
  • November 19,20, 26, 27


If you are interested in private lessons please view our coaching team page, to see our coaching team that is available for private lessons.  Once you decide on a coach you will contact them directly to arrange lessons.


If you have a teenager that you know of in need of volunteer hours please let us know as we always can use the extra hands on the ice.

If you have any questions in regards to Pre-CanSkate or CanSkate please email your program coordinator Amanda VanDriel


Why sign up for CanSkate?

What is CanSkate?

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!


CanSkate Pathways


Click on this link for more information about what is a What is and NCCP coach

Within each CanSkate session, the children will be divided into smaller groups according to their skating level. This means that any child can register in any CanSkate session, once they have been successful on the PreCanSkate session and can stand and walk unassisted on the ice.  They will be placed in the group that will allow them to make the best progress during the session. CanSkate sessions are offered on a variety of nights at the Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Recreation Centre. For a full listing of the session dates, times and locations for CanSkate sessions, please click on the schedule link below.


Proper Equipment

Click here for a description of the CanSkate Badge Levels

Click here for Skate Ontario Waiver

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