The holidays have come and gone, but winter’s still here! Why not make the most of the coldest months with some seasonal sports? Skating and hockey are beloved pastimes in Burlington—and part of the reason for that is the number of incredible rinks in the city. From scenic outdoor skating spots to arenas that offer intensive hockey training, there’s something for everyone who wants to strap on a pair of skates.
If you’re looking for a rink this winter, here are five of Burlington’s best…
1) Appleby Ice Centre
Burlington hockey players, figure skaters, and ice-sport spectators are all fans of Appleby Ice Centre, and it’s easy to see why. This state-of-the-art facility is home to four sizeable indoor rinks, along with well-maintained change rooms and a popular concession stand. While the arena is over a decade old, it’s contemporary look and feel have held up well over the years. There’s also plenty of space for spectators (with over 750 seats), which is a good thing given the presence that the Burlington Cougars have here!
2) Rotary Centennial Pond
With its downtown, waterfront location and impressive natural beauty, Spencer Smith Park is a true Burlington gem. Even in the winter, this gorgeous space shines—and that’s thanks in part to Rotary Centennial Pond. This 10,000-square-foot water feature freezes over in the winter months, providing a scenic spot for some free skating. Discovery Landing provides a great view of the pond, so you and your family can scope it out before taking a spin around the ice.
3) Stoneridge Ice Centre
We couldn’t create a list of top skating spots in Burlington without including Stoneridge Ice Centre. This hockey training centre is home to two rinks and two mini pads, which are ideal for players of different skill levels. But it’s even more impressive for its use of green technology. Stoneridge is the first arena on the continent to embrace Order of Magnitude Energy’s “private utility” power model, which will allow for energy with low emissions.
4) Aldershot Arena
If you’re looking for a facility that’s just as good for hockey and ringette as it is for public and figure skating, Aldershot Arena is ideal. Located on Townsend Avenue, this skating hotspot boasts high-quality ice surfaces, plenty of parking, and well-maintained change rooms. It offers both scheduled and drop-in skate times, and on-site staff members are always happy to answer any questions you might have.
5) Burlington Pond Hockey Training Centre
This hockey training centre, fondly known as “the Pond,” is the ideal place for aspiring young players. From camps and private lessons to little leagues and tournaments, the offerings here are bound to make your little ones passionate about Canada’s favourite sport. Instructors at the Pond also focus on the fundamentals—like power skating and stick handling. When it comes to the facilities, you’ll find great ice, a shooting pad, and areas for birthday parties and other celebrations!