Thunder Bay – Boarded Outdoor Skating Rinks open December 24

Get more activity into your holiday plans, such as ice skating. Credit:
Get more activity into your holiday plans, such as ice skating. Credit:

Thunder Bay – News – Thunder Bay’s boarded outdoor skating rinks will open for public enjoyment on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

Some of the boarded rinks require further flooding and maintenance prior to officially opening – check local signage. Skating is permitted when closed, at the user’s discretion.

Unboarded skating ponds are still being prepared, pending weather conditions. Residents are reminded that throughout the season, ice conditions change with the weather and can result in short-notice closures.

The City operates and maintains 38 outdoor skating rinks. Each rink has different days of operation.
Supervised boarded locations, on the days that they are open, operate from 2 pm – 10 pm Monday to Friday, and 1 pm – 9 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The following sites will be open/supervised from 1 pm – 9 pm on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day:

  • Carrick Park
  • North End Community Centre
  • West Thunder Community Centre
  • James Street Playfield

All remaining supervised sites will be closed/unsupervised the following days: Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31, Jan. 1.


In keeping with Provincial regulations, effective Dec. 26 the outdoor rinks will remain open with the following changes. Heated change rooms will be locked and unavailable for skate changing. Washroom facilities in the change rooms will be available for use when the rink attendant is present in the change room. Those needing to use the washroom can knock on the door to gain access. Skaters using the outdoor rinks must maintain a separation of at least two metres from other users (excluding members of the same household). Team activities on outdoor rinks or any activities where people may come within two metres of each other are prohibited during the lockdown.