Skating session schedules, descriptions and holiday skating information are below.
Skating for ages 18 years and up! Come out and skate Tuesday and Thursday Mornings.
Skating for all ages.
Everyone Welcome $3
What a deal! Anyone can skate! Rentals are $2.00. This offer is only for Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm.
Everyone Welcome Stick and Puck
Shared ice to practice your skating or hockey skills. Players must bring a stick and wear a helmet and gloves for the Stick and Puck section. Sponge pucks are only $2.00 (deposit required). Goalies and games are not allowed.
Summer Stick and Puck
Drop-in to practice your skills. Players must bring a stick and wear a helmet and gloves. Hard pucks allowed. Participants under 18 must also have full face shield. No goalies or games (stick and puck is for individual skill development).
Summer Saturdays Stick and Puck
• All Participants pay at the front reception till
• All Participants must wear helmet, hockey gloves, and skates and have their own hockey stick.
• Participants under 18 must wear a full face shield.
• No Goalies
• No Games (stick and puck is for individual skill development)
• We highly recommend that participants under 12 are accompanied on the ice with a paid adult.
• No Slap shots
• No shooting at side boards
• No shooting at the net when a fellow participant is retrieving the puck from the net.
• Hard pucks provided
Parent and Child Hockey
Sponge puck hockey with a special area for beginners. Parents must be on the ice with children. Children must wear a helmet. Admission includes one adult and up to two children (6-12 years old) and children's rentals. Sponge pucks only $2 (deposit required).
Over 40, Over 50, Over 60 and Lunchtime Duffer Hockey
Co-ed hockey for players and goalies.
Pro D Day Skates
October 21, November 14, 2022
February 17, 2023
Thanksgiving Day Skate – Monday, October 10, 2022.
Remembrance Day Skate – Friday, November 11, 2022.
Family Day Skate – Monday, February 20, 2023.
Winter Holiday Extra Skates
December 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2022.
Christmas Day Free Skate
Admissions and rentals are free.
Boxing Day Skate
New Year’s Day Free Skate
January 1, 2023
Admissions and rentals are free.
Spring Break Extra Skates (March 20-31, 2023)
Wednesdays and Fridays
March 22, 24, 29, and 31
Introducing Greater Victoria’s Active Communities Learn to Skate Program at Oak Bay.
Recreation Oak Bay’s Learn to Skate program is for children and teens who want to improve their skating. The Learn to Skate program caters to preschool and school-aged children and teens at any level who are wanting to improve their skating in a fun and motivating way.
The Greater Victoria Active Communities Learn to Skate Program is offered at all seven municipalities of Greater Victoria. The Learn to Skate Program has been streamlined and designed so that any preschool or school-aged child can have their accomplishments transferred from centre to centre. This program is a badge incentive program that emphasizes the importance of comprehensive feedback through report cards. Our Skate Team Leader is on the ice during all lesson times and can answer your questions about lessons and your child’s progress.
The skater-to-instructor ratio on the ice ensures that the skaters will learn and improve their skating skills.
CSA-approved helmets and gloves are mandatory for the lessons. Helmets are available at no charge from the Skate Shop.
Active Communities Learn to Skate program was created as an initiative to standardize the recreational component of learning to skate.
To register your community, please print off the information form, fill it out and email it to the Learn to Skate Program Representative.
Download Active Communities Learn to Skate Program Materials:
Download the Information Package
See the Chek news statement on learn to skate:
This class utilizes a 1:4 instructor-to-participant ratio to ensure that the child builds confidence and has fun on the ice. Participants will be taught basic skating skills, including balancing on two feet, touching toes, walking forward, marching, and falling down and getting up. Parent and Tot is not a prerequisite.
Prerequisite: Preschool One
This class is for children who can skate independently. Skills include gliding, two-foot jumps, making snow, and walking backwards.
Prerequisite: Preschool Two
Children will learn skills in this course including v-pushes, one-foot gliding, two-foot jump while gliding, walking backwards with some glide, two-foot quarter turns on the spot, and stopping.
Prerequisite: Preschool Three
Children will learn skills in this course including two-foot glides on a curve, walking cross cuts, backward sculling, and backward stopping.
This class is 30 minutes. This class is for children who do not have a lot of skating experience. It utilizes a 1:5 Instructor-to-participant ratio to ensure that your child builds confidence on the ice. Skills covered are forward gliding, marching forward, making snow, falling down and getting up, and walking backward.
Prerequisite: Skate One
This class is for children who can skate independently. Skills covered: forward sculling, one-foot forward glides, stopping, walking backwards with some glide, and two-foot half turns on the spot.
Prerequisite: PreSchool One or Preschool Four
Children will learn skills including one-foot glides on a curve, forward walking cross cuts, backward skating and sculling, two-foot backward glide to one foot, and snowplow stop.
Prerequisite: Skate Three
Children will learn skills in this course including two-foot stop, forward crosscuts, turning forward to backward and backward to forward, and two-foot jump in a glide backward.
Prerequisite: Skate Four
Children will learn skills in this course including backward Mohawk turn, two-foot stop in both directions, one-foot jump gliding forward, fast backward start and fast forward start from back stop.
Prerequisite: Skate Five
Learn to Skate Six introduces advanced skating skills while continuing to focus on and enhance acquired skills. This class allows participants the opportunity to request specific skills they would like to focus on during unstructured practice time with instructor supervision.
Looking to rent the ice at Recreation Oak Bay? To view Arena Ice availability, click on the Arena Calendar.
September 2022-March 2023
Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $268 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $177 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Summer (2023) Prime time ice (8:00am-12:00am): $188 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
Summer (2023) Non-Prime time ice (12:00am-8:00am): $117 per hour + GST + Insurance (see insurance details below)
School Skate 2022-2023 (ice rental for an hour, skate rentals, and skate shop staff, insurance included):
- For up to 50 skaters $261 per hour + GST
- For up to 100 skaters $309 per hour + GST
- For up to 150 skaters $368 per hour + GST
Private Family/Party Skate (ice rental for an hour, skate rentals, and skate shop staff, insurance included):
- For up to 50 skaters $452 per hour + GST
- Please add $49 for an additional 50 skaters + GST
Users wishing to rent the ice arena will need to provide proof of insurance for a minimum of 3 million dollars’ liability, with the District of Oak Bay added under the list of additionally insured.
Insurance Policies are available via : EventPolicy.ca
Typical policies cost examples:
Adult and Youth Hockey – Non contact – 2hr - $18
Adult and Youth Hockey – Non contact – Full Season/Calendar Year - $172
Adult and Youth Figure Skating – 2hr - $9
Recreation Ice Skating -2hr -$9
To rent the ice, please contact:
Caroline Lawrence, Sports Coordinator 250-370-7113
Ben Orr, Sports Programmer 250-370-7114
- Log in to post comments