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This is Skate Canada's flagship learn-to-skate program designed for beginners of all ages to develop a variety of skating skills.

The CanSkate program focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. It is beneficial to any skater with an interest in ice sports (figure skating, hockey, ringette).  

Skaters are grouped according to ability and taught by NCCP certified professional Skate Canada coaches assisted by qualified program assistants. Skaters develop forward and backward skating skills, stopping, turning, jumping, edges and crosscuts. Badges and ribbons are awarded when all skills have been achieved. Coaches make the sessions active using teaching aids, music and a variety of theme and fun days held throughout the season.

Skate Canada and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating Club requires that all Pre-School, CanSkate & beginner Adult skaters wear a properly fitted CSA approved hockey helmet on all sessions.

Important Pre-CanSkate & CanSkate Information

Parents/Guardians of Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate skaters must remain at the arena during lesson time for their children's safety and most of all your encouragement. A large bulletin board is at the information table every Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate session. Please review the board weekly for upcoming events, ice cancellations or changes. Make sure you check the calendar given to you at registration for club activities and other updates.

CanSkate Graduates

Some of the best skaters in the world learned to skate with CanSkate including Olympic figure skaters, Olympic speed skaters, men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players and NHL players.
  • Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions.
  • Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion.
  • Ivanie Blondin, Olympic and World long track speed skater.
  • Matt Duchene, NHL Colorado Avalanche and Olympic hockey team gold medallist.
  • Jeff Skinner, NHL Carolina Hurricanes, NHL Rookie of the Year and former Canadian juvenile men’s figure skating medallist.



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