Skating - A Canadian Tradition
It’s never too late to learn how to skate. Our Learn to Skate programs are suitable for all ages, abilities and skill levels and provide life-long skating skills as well as the basic skills to progress into more advanced ice sports such as Hockey, Ringette and Figure Skating.
Welcome back to the NVRC arenas. Your health and safety is our top priority.
Registration for skating lessons can be completed online or by calling 604-987-7529.
Registration for public skate sessions
Registration can be completed online or by calling 604-987-7529. We are unable to accept drop-ins at this time. Registration opens at 9am on Monday, one week before the session. Only customers with pre-booked registrations are permitted to enter a facility. Regular admission prices apply.
- Skates are available for rent and must be paid for at registration for public skating or lessons.
- Helmets are not available for rent at this time. Children 12 & under are required to wear a helmet while on the ice. Please bring your own helmet, preferably a CSA approved hockey or skateboard helmet. Bike helmets are not recommended. All skate lesson participants must wear a helmet.
Before you arrive
- Please bring a full water bottle as all water fountains will be closed
Arrival at the facility
- We ask that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled time and wait at the check in sign located at the designated entrance.
- Hand sanitizer is provided and must be used upon entry and exit.
- Customers are required to wear a face mask in all common areas in NVRC facilities, including lobbies, hallways and washrooms and some programs and activities. Customers are also encouraged to wear masks during their program or activity.
- People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment. Children 2-12 years are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask.
At the arena
- Safe physical distancing requirements must be followed.
- All skate lessons will be thirty minutes long. NVRC skate instructors will guide participants through the lesson, but will practice physical distancing.
- Skate lessons for Preschool Level 1 & 2 and School Age 1 will be parent participation. A parent must attend the lesson, and be on the ice to help support the lesson participant. NVRC skate instructors will guide the parent and child through the lesson, but will practice physical distancing.
- No spectators for any activities, including lessons, public sessions and rentals.
- A limited number of skating aids will be available during family skating sessions, but no other equipment is available for use at this time.
- Leave promptly after your registered time so the facility is safe and ready for the next group.
Please speak to a staff member if you have any questions or concerns.
Looking for hockey? Visit our hockey page for program information.
The NVRC Learn to Skate program offers a wide variety of skating development programs to help meet the needs of any child or adult who wishes to learn to skate and improved their skating skills. Each level of the NVRC’s Learn to Skate program is designed to focus on the fundamental skills of skating with specific elements and exercises to be completed by the participant. Qualified instructors lead parents and children through various games and activities to make the children and adults reach a comfort level on the ice.
Learn to Skate
Toddlers will learn the basics of skating and begin developing muscle control and strength. Children will build confidence and have fun on the ice. Skate lessons for Preschool Level 1 & 2 and School Age 1 will be parent participation. A parent must attend the lesson, and be on the ice to help support the lesson participant. NVRC skate instructors will guide the parent and child through the lesson, but will practice physical distancing.
- Helmet - CSA approved (hockey, ski or snowboard). Helmets are not available to rent at this time.
- Warm gloves or mitts
- Warm jacket
- Hockey or figure skates (sharpened and laced tight). We do have skates available to rent.
- Snowpants or warm water-proof pants