Learn to Skate

adults skating on ice outdoors

Since 1985, Harbourfront Centre has been teaching people of all ages to Learn to Skate! Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits. The Harbourfront Centre Rink offers a stunning and unique location for fun, engaging, and accessible classes. With classes for all ages and skill levels, our experienced Instructors will make sure you learn the basics in a supportive environment.

Register early as classes fill up quickly!

COVID-19 Protocols

The health and safety of our employees and visitors is our top priority. We have implemented the following to ensure you have a safe and fun experience:

Vaccination Requirement: All learn to skate participants aged twelve or over at the start of a session must provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated. This will be verified at the first class of each session.

Participant Limits: Only program participants and Instructors may access the Learn to Skate Lobe of the Rink. The number of individuals in this space will be capped at 15. Only one guardian per participant may accompany child participants of the program and will be permitted to wait in the Learn to Skate waiting area.

Screening: Participants and Instructors will be screened at the beginning of each class and those who are showing signs of COVID-19, who have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or a probable case of COVID-19, or who are currently undergoing testing for COVID-19 will not be permitted to participate in the program.

Physical Distancing: Participants will maintain physical distancing during the Learn to Skate Program.

Masks or Face Covering: Must be worn when entering Harbourfront Centre’s designated Rink area. Masks must also be worn when entering any of Harbourfront Centre’s buildings.

Enhanced Cleaning: We have increased our cleaning schedule and will be disinfecting high-touch and high-traffic areas multiple times a day.

Equipment Rentals: Will be available, with enhanced sanitation protocols in place.

Access to Harbourfront Centre’s main building is closed to the public until further notice.

Registration Info

All sessions and private lessons must be booked in advance and paid in full at registration.

All participants will be required to submit a signed waiver before participating in a session or private lesson. Parent/guardian signatures are required on waivers for skaters who are under 18 years of age.

All participants must adhere to the set policies for the safe use of the Harbourfront Centre Rink.

Full payment of fees is required to confirm the registration. There will be a $45 administration fee for declined transactions.

Participant Withdrawals

If a participant wishes to withdraw a registration, refunds must be requested in writing no later than 10 business days before the first scheduled class or private lesson.

There are NO refunds or cancellations once the classes have started for the session.

Refund requests made within 10 business days of the scheduled class or private lesson are subject to approval and must be accompanied by supporting documentation (i.e., doctor’s note).

A $25 cancellation fee will be withheld from all participant withdrawal refunds.

Class Cancellation Policy

It is the responsibility of the participant to call the INFO LINE at 416 973 1620 or check the Learn to Skate Twitter (@LearntoSkateTO) after 3:30pm (Monday to Friday) or after 8am (Saturday and Sunday) before the start of their program to ensure that programs are running for the day regardless of weather, as there may be other circumstances for cancellations.

Classes are subject to cancellation due to the following conditions:

  • Heavy precipitation (rain, snow, hail);
  • Extreme wind;
  • Lightning;
  • Extreme cold: If the air temperature is -15°C or below or if the temperature with wind chill is -25°C or below;
  • Warm temperatures leading to a deterioration in ice conditions;
  • Unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation of the classes will be at the discretion of the Recreational Learning Team.

Refund Policy

Full refunds are issued only if Harbourfront Centre cancels a program.

If a class is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a refund equal to the value of that class. If 3/4 of the session is cancelled you will receive a refund for the entire session, and we will be happy to offer the fourth class free.

If one or two classes are cancelled in a session, you will be issued a refund for only those cancelled classes.

If a private lesson is cancelled, a refund will be processed on the following business day.

Refunds for group classes will be processed at the end of each four-week session.

Rentals

Rental equipment can be pre-booked, or rented same day on a first-come, first-served basis at the following rates:

Adult Skates: $13
Adult Helmet: $7
Adult Skate/Helmet combo: $16
Child Skate/Helmet Combo: $9

Renters will be required to surrender a valid government-issued ID for all skate or helmet rentals for the rental duration.

Indoor storage and lockers will not be available for the 2021-2022 Season.

What to Wear

Please dress for the weather as you will be outside. It is important to dress in clothing that will allow you to move freely while keeping you warm and dry. Snow pants or waterproof pants are highly recommended. Jeans are not suitable for skating. Participants should also have a pair of waterproof gloves or mitts.

CSA approved hockey helmets are required for ALL participants. Bicycle, ski, and snowboard helmets are not permitted.

Weather

The Harbourfront Centre Rink is an outdoor rink and is subject to several environmental factors. Every effort is made to deliver a scheduled program.

Weather conditions change throughout the day. In extreme cases, cancellation of programs may occur after they have started.

Follow us on Twitter at @LearntoSkateTO or call our Information Hotline at (416) 973-1620 for up-to-the-minute weather and program updates.

Classes are subject to cancellation due to the following conditions:

  • Heavy precipitation (rain, snow, hail);
  • Extreme wind;
  • Lightning;
  • Extreme cold: If the air temperature is -15°C or below or if the temperature with wind chill is -25°C or below;
  • Warm temperatures leading to a deterioration in ice conditions;
  • Unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation of the classes will be at the discretion of the Recreational Learning Team.

Contact Information

The Learn to Skate Office is located on the third floor of Harbourfront Centre’s Main Building at 235 Queens Quay West.

Currently we are operating remotely Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm, excluding holidays.

Phone: (416) 973-4093
Email: learntoskate@harbourfrontcentre.com
Information Hotline: (416) 973-1620
Twitter: @LearntoSkateTO

Getting Here

The location of the Harbourfront Centre Rink has temporarily changed. Please visit the south-west corner of 235 Queens Quay West, under the Concert Stage.

Information about getting to Harbourfront Centre is available here.

Information about daily parking rates is available here.

Learn to Skate Meeting Place map