Outdoor skating - What's open or closed?

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People skating on the Quaker Foods City Square rink

Skating at Quaker Foods City Square

The outdoor skating rink is closed for the season as of March 5, 2024.

A refrigerated skating rink is located in Quaker Foods City Square on Charlotte Street, just east of Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough. The rink is open, weather depending, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for casual skating. Horse play, speed and figure skating, organized hockey or use of sticks/pucks is not permitted. For full information, please visit our Outdoor Skating page.

The Quaker Foods City Square rink is open seasonally, however please note that mild temperatures and sunny conditions may cause short-term temporary closures to the rink.

Skating on the Canal

Skating on the canal below the Peterborough Lift Lock is not your ordinary winter activity. We invite you to enjoy the beauty of the season when ice conditions are safe.

The City of Peterborough maintains the ice surface as allowed by the weather conditions. A safety flag identifies if ice conditions are safe:

  • A green flag indicates skating is permitted.
  • A red flag indicates skating is not permitted.

The Canal is closed for skating.

Please obey the safety flag and use always use caution when skating on the canal.  Ice conditions outdoors are usually rougher than we experience in arenas, and conditions can change quickly. Our Public Works team consistently monitors ice thickness on the canal throughout the season to assess if conditions are safe for public skating. 

Neighbourhood rinks

The neighbourhood rink program has run in City parks since 1965, thanks to volunteers who prepare, flood and maintain ice for skating. Rinks are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. as weather and ice conditions permit.

Locations of neighbourhood rinks

Have fun and be safe.