For many, skating is a huge part of winter, but do you like to skate outside in the fresh air? This series features Outdoor Winter Activities for the family. We are kicking it off with Outdoor Winter Skating in Greater Moncton. In addition, we have a list of Winter Sleigh Rides In NB, as well as Maple Sugar Camps In New Brunswick and Winter Festivals In New Brunswick.
I remember as a child and teen spending many hours at outdoor rinks with my family and friends. I practically lived at the local arena as well, for practices, competitions, and teaching figure skating. I grew up in Quispamsis, NB, and always skated on the Kennebecasis River or at the Rothesay Commons. Now, living in Moncton, and raising my family here, we are learning where all the best spots are around the region for our favourite winter activities.
Please comment below if you know of any other outdoor skating rinks being maintained for public use this winter in the Greater Moncton region.
UPDATED JAN 2023
Moncton Outdoor Skating
Centennial Park, on St George Street, has an outdoor skating trail, the Muskrat Skating Trail (New 2022), and the Kaboom Rink for hockey available daily.
The Kaboom Rink is located at Centennial Park near the play structures and is maintained by the City of Moncton. This rink is available for hockey & ringette. Nets are available on-site. Lighting on site for nighttime skating.
Also, opening in January, Cross Country Ski and Snow Shoe rentals are offered at Centennial Park. Equipment rentals are sized for children and adults and are available for pick up at Cabin 130, across from the Centennial Rotary Lodge. All rentals must be booked online with a credit card. There are no drop-in options.
Victoria Park, located at 223 Weldon Street has an outdoor skating rink that is maintained by the City of Moncton. Hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed on the ice.
The Ian Fowler Oval, outside Centre Avenir Center, is a lovely outdoor ice surface available daily from 10 am to 10 pm from December until March, weather permitting. No hockey sticks, pucks, or nets are allowed.
Mapleton Park has installed lighting to extend skating into the evenings. There are no hockey sticks or pucks allowed on the ice. This ice surface is maintained by the City of Moncton. They also have Fat Bike and Snow Shoe rentals available. Rentals must be reserved online and the equipment will be available for you behind the Rotary Lodge, not inside the lodge.
There are also Community Ice Rinks located at various playgrounds in the city. These rinks are maintained by community volunteers as part of the City’s neighborhood rink program.
Moncton Neighbourhood rinks are located at the following parks:
- Brentwood Park – 150 Brentwood Drive
- Maplehurst Rink – 115 Maplehurst Drive
- YMCA Moncton North – 70 Twin Oaks Drive
- Roxborough Rink – 140 Barrington Crescent
- Brian Hicks Park – 120 Evergreen Drive
- Canadian Heights Park – 35 Chelsea Road
- Grove Hamlet Park – 39 Ripplewood Road
- Lewisville Park – 45 Glenmoor Drive
Dieppe Outdoor Skating
Dieppe has three public outdoor skating surfaces, two are located at Rotary St-Anselme Park, one for skating and one for sports.
There is also a refrigerated skating oval located at Place 1604. The Oval is typically open at the beginning of December. A free skate and helmet loan service is available on Fridays (6 to 9 p.m.), Saturdays, and Sundays (12:30 to 5 p.m.).
Riverview Outdoor Skating
There is an ice skating rink at the Winter Wonderland Park in Riverview, located at Quinn Court.
Salisbury Outdoor Skating
The outdoor rink, off Douglas Street, is open Monday-Friday 8:30-8 & weekends 9-8. Closures due to weather will be posted here on their Facebook page.
If you are looking for indoor skating venues, here are the public skating locations and schedules for Moncton and Riverview indoor rinks.
For more family friendly things to do this Winter in New Brunswick, check these out!
- Sleigh Rides in New Brunswick
- Maple Sugar Camps and Producers in New Brunswick
- Winter Festivals in New Brunswick
- 71 Fun & Frugal Winter Activities for the Family