Trent Severn canal and neighbourhood rinks open for skating

full bike rack

aerial of canal from side of Ashburnham Drive

Peterborough, ON – The Trent Severn Waterway canal and 23 neighbourhood rinks are open for outdoor skating in Peterborough.

Trent Severn Waterway canal

The Trent Severn Waterway canal, south of the Peterborough Lift Lock, is green-flagged today and conditions are safe for skating.

Ice conditions are monitored regularly and posted with a green flag when conditions are safe for skating, and a red flag when conditions are unsafe. Residents are reminded to always follow the flag indicator and all COVID-19 public health guidelines.

The canal status will be updated regularly on the City’s website and social media channels @CityPtbo on Facebook and Twitter.

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. – 11 p.m. as weather and ice conditions permit and subject to public health measures.

For the 2021-22 season the City will host 23 rinks at locations throughout the community, supported by a group of over 50 volunteers.


  • Brinton Carpet – 160 Braidwood Ave.
  • Cameron St.- 569 Barnes Cr.
  • Centennial – 14 Cartier Crt.
  • Dixon – 120 Benson Ave.
  • Earlwood - 52 Earlwood Dr.
  • Farmcrest – Ashburnham Drive across from Ecology Park
  • Golfview Heights - 921 Whitefield Dr.
  • Grove – 714 Barbara Cres.
  • Hastings – 690 Hastings Ave.
  • Inverlea – 18 Dennistoun Ave.
  • King Edward – 455 George St. S
  • Kiwanis – 234 Middlefield Rd.
  • Manor Heights - 700 Victory Cr.
  • Mapleridge - 1929 Mapleridge Dr.
  • Nicholls Place - 725 Armour Rd.
  • Northland - 1255 Bathurst St.
  • Roper - 1610 Firwood Cr.
  • Sandalwood – 1306 Sandlewood Dr.
  • Stenson - 1750 Stenson Blvd.
  • Turner Park - 673 Chamberlain St.
  • University Heights - 1385 Hetherington Dr.
  • Wedgewood - 1535 Fairmount Blvd.
  • Weller - 1140 Weller St.

Guidelines for canal and outdoor rink use:

  • 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.
  • Skaters are reminded to respect the posted capacity limits of neighbourhood rinks to allow for physical distancing. If it's crowded, please come back another time. In addition to the rink capacity, Provincial restrictions require outdoor social gatherings to be a maximum of 10 people, so if skaters are getting together with friends, the group must be 10 people or less.
  • Outdoor rinks are for casual, recreational use - no organized play or events are permitted.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is strongly recommended by Public Health.
  • Do not congregate at seating areas, stairs, entrances and exits.
  • All children/dependents must be accompanied by a competent adult/guardian.
  • Be safe and be respectful of others.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting.
  • Use at your own risk.

The City of Peterborough continues to work with Peterborough Public Health, and Peterborough Police to monitor compliance with the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions. Residents that have concerns about non-compliance can contact the Peterborough Police Service using their non-emergency phone line at 705-876-1122.