Arena & Skating Programs

COVID-19 Update

Public Skating has resumed as of November 9th, 2020. Several Public Skates will be available at no cost to Thorold residents until November 30th, 2020. Staff will continue to monitor the ongoing situation, and will update the December Skating schedule on November 23rd, 2020. Please see our Public Skate Section for further details.  


Please note that all Skate Programs are Pre-Registered ONLY. Please review our Public Skate Section for further details.

Public Skating

Public Skating is open to all Thorold residents. Pre-register your family to enjoy a leisurely skate in the Frank Doherty arena. Sticks and pucks are not allowed on the ice during public skating. Please see our Public Skate Rules for additional details.

November Schedule

Thursday November 12th 9:30AM-10:30AM, register online now!

Thursday November 12th, 11:00AM-12:00PM, register online now!

Monday November 16th, 2:00PM-3:00PM, register online now!

Monday November 16th, 3:30PM-4:30PM, register online now!

Thursday November 19th, 9:30AM-10:30AM

Thursday November 19th 11:00AM-12:00PM

Monday November 23rd,2:00PM-3:00PM

Monday November 23rd, 3:30PM-4:30PM

Thursday November 26th, 9:30AM-10:30AM

Thursday November 26th, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Monday November 30th, 2:00PM-3:00PM

Monday November 30th, 3:30PM-4:30PM


Standard Rates:

Admission to public skating is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (cash only)


Public Skating will be FREE to Thorold residents until January 1st, 2021. Regular program fees will resume at that time.

Adult Skate

Please note that Adult Skate is not offered at this time.

Adult Skate is a non-supervised skating program open to skaters who are 18 or older and looking for a quieter skate. Some people take advantage of this time for fitness or to brush up on their skating skills. Sticks and pucks are not allowed on the ice during the adult skate time.

Admission to adult skating is by season pass only. Passes are $25.00 per person. You can buy your pass at City Hall or the arena office. Please be sure to bring your identification with you when you register.

55+ Skate

Please note that 55+ Skate is not offered at this time.

The 55+ skate is a leisurely skating session for seniors to socialize, be active and share a coffee afterward.

You can purchase a pass for $20.00 by appointment at the arena office. 

Tiny Tots Skate

Please note that the Tiny Tots Skate is not offered at this time.

Tiny Tots skating is free for parents and guardians who would like to take their preschoolers skating. This program time provides children with the chance to learn to skate in a quiet environment without distractions.


Stick and Puck

Please note that Stick & Puck Skate is not offered at this time.

Stick and puck is a great opportunity for children to practice their hockey skills. Nets are on the ice and children can practice their stick handling skills in a non-competitive setting. An adult (18+) must be on the ice at all times and can supervise two children. It is $5.00 (cash only) for one adult and two children during stick and puck.

Children must wear skates, gloves and a CSA-approved hockey helmet during stick and puck time, adults must wear skates and gloves.

Public Skate Rules


  1. Only skates are allowed on the ice.
  2. Food and drink are not permitting in the facility.
  3. Participants are expected to skate at an appropriate and controlled speed.
  4. Participants are expected to skate in the direction indicated by Skate Patrol Staff.
  5. Throwing ice or snow, horseplay, chain skating, tag, racing, backwards skating and figure skating manoeuvres are not permitted.
  6. It is strongly recommended that participants wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet.
  7. Chairs, sleds, pylons, hockey sticks, pucks and other obstructions are not permitted on the ice surface.
  8. Children may not be carried while on the ice surface.
  9. All children and youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult for the foreseeable future.

10. Participants must pre-register online.

11. Public Programs are only available to Thorold residents at this time.

12. Verbal or physical abuse of staff and participants will not be tolerated.

13. No handheld electronic devices are to be used while skating.

14. Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or anyone under the influence will not be permitted on the premises.

15. Participants must arrive rink ready.

16. Dressing rooms will not be available.

17. Participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to Skate.

18. Participants will be given 15 minutes following skate to gather belongings and vacate the building.

19. Masks may only be removed upon entering rink, and must be donned upon exiting.

20. All participants must complete COVID-19 screening with staff prior to entering the facility.

21. All skates are 50 minutes in length. 

22. Any registered participant who does not attend will not be permitted to register for another skate program for one week. 



Public Skate Registration will open at 9AM 7 days before each skate. To register please visit our online portal. 

If you do not have access to a computer you may leave a voicemail to request a spot for yourself and members of your household. Please note, that registration is first come first serve. By leaving a message your spot is not guaranteed. City staff will return your call on Mondays, Wednesday’s and Fridays between 9:00AM and noon. To make your registration request please leave all attendees first and last names, a phone number we can reach you at as well as the time and date you are interested in attending. To make a request please call 905-227-6613 ext. 403. 


From time-to-time we may need to cancel our arena programming for maintenance, holidays, tournaments or special events; we will do our best to post this information ahead of time online and at the arena. You can download a copy of the arena schedule to have days and times at your fingertips.

Contact Us

© 2018 The Corporation of the City of Thorold, 3540 Schmon Parkway, PO Box 1044, Thorold ON, L2V 4A7

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

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