skating with instructors

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.  

Skating lessons

Registration for skating lessons can be completed online or by calling 604-987-7529.

Registration for public skate sessions

All visits must be booked in advance, we are unable to accept drop-ins at this time. Registration opens at 9am on Monday, one week before the session. Registration can be completed online or by calling 604-987-7529. 

2021 Single Admission Fees
Adult $6.43
Children under 3yrs Free
Child (3-18yrs) $3.21
Student (19-64yrs with valid student ID) $4.84
Seniors (65yrs & older) $4.84
Family* $3.21 per person ($6.42 min)
Stick & Puck $6

All admission prices include tax. * Family refers to one or two adults of the same household with their children or youth

Can’t make your pre-booked visit? Please remember to cancel so others can sign up for the spot.

We know plans can change. So if you are unable to attend your pre-booked visits for fitness centres, fitness classes, swimming and skating, we ask that you please cancel online as soon as you know you can’t attend.  This will free up your spot for others who want to get active.
Recently, we have seen an increase in customers not showing up for their visit AND we have  more people going on the wait-list trying to get a spot. If everyone is considerate and cancels their unwanted visits, we can serve more people and there will be more space for you when you want to book!
Thanks for your help in ensuring everyone can stay active!  
You can cancel a visit online and we ask that you cancel as early as possible (at least 24 hours in advance) so we can provide the spot to someone on the waitlist. Visit the registration support page to watch a how-to cancel video.

Equipment rental

  • 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.

Mask Requirements

  • 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.

Learn to Skate Programs

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. 

Early Years

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.

School Age

Learn to Skate & Skate Better

From beginner to advanced, children will work on improving their agility, coordination and steadiness.  View programs

Adult Skating

Improve your Balance, Strength and Coordination

Our adult skating programs will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to move forward on the ice.  View programs

Figure Skating

Intro to Figure Skating

Our intro to figure skating provides instruction on stroking, edges, spins and jumps. View programs.

What to Wear and Bring to Lessons

Ice Skating

  • 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