Skating on the canal - flag status

full bike rack

view of the canal through the Lift Lock wrought iron

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 safety flag is currently green - skating is permitted.

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. 

Have fun and be safe.

Public Health Guidelines during COVID-19

Please follow all guidelines for safe use of outdoor spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Province of Ontario's website to learn about the current provincial regulations.

  • outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended.
  • If the area is crowded, consider returning at another time.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting.
  • Use at your own risk.