The Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill officially opens to the public today.
While skating is free, skaters will have to acquire a pass in order to take a 40-minute spin on the NHL-size ice surface. Passes will be available online up to two days in advance (reservation begins at noon).
Groups of up to 50 can book slots for weekdays – excluding holidays – by emailing [email protected].
Rules for skating on the Canada 150 Rink include:
- Only persons wearing skates are permitted on the ice surface.
- It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a CSA-approved helmet during all skating sessions.
- Patrons attending must have a responsible adult of 18 years of age to accompany children 12 years and under. Carrying children while on the ice surface, including baby carriers, is prohibited.
- Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.
- Hockey sticks and/or pucks are prohibited during public skating sessions.
- Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid.
- Rough play, speed, figure skating and multiplayer games (i.e. tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
- Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted during skating sessions, with the accompaniment of a responsible person age 18 or older with skates on.
The Canada150 Rink is scheduled to stay open through February 28, 2018.
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