December 1, 2022 — March 19, 2023 (weather and ice conditions permitting)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 10 PM
Wednesday: Noon to 10 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2022 — 10 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2022 — Closed
Monday, December 26, 2022 — 10 AM to 10 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 — 10 AM to 10 PM
Saturday, December 31, 2022 — 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday, January 1, 2023 — 10 AM to 10 PM
Monday, January 2, 2023 — 10 AM to 10 PM
No Skates? No problem! Beginning December 2, skate rentals are available by Markham Skate Rentals
Friday: 5 PM to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 10 PM
Ages 12 and younger: $10
Ages 13 and older: $15
Check ice conditions before you visit the rink. Since the ice surface is exposed to the elements, there will be occasions where we must repair the ice before skating is permitted. Use our app to avoid disappointment.
Upon arrival, please head to the rink by walking around the north-east entrance of the Markham Civic Centre and go down the stairs or follow the pathway. Please note that there is no access through the Civic Centre building.
Want to know how we make the Outdoor Ice Rink?
The Civic Centre Outdoor Rink has an artificial refrigeration system which cools the concrete under the ice. Ice is built up slowly over time by spraying water and letting it freeze over and over again. Sometimes you will see staff using a hose to spray the concrete, and sometimes they are on the Zamboni.
The refrigeration system is helpful but it can’t do it completely on it’s own. The weather affects how we build ice. Because the rink is completely exposed to the element, sun, wind, rain and snow all greatly affect how quickly the ice is made. And don’t forget all the leaves falling from the trees!
Once the ambient temperature drops so that it is in the negatives overnight on a consistent basis, we build the ice and it will stay frozen. The system has to work pretty hard during the day when temperatures are higher and/or when there is a lot of sun and sometimes it can’t keep up. So when we are building the ice, we do it at night.
We are excited for this season’s outdoor skating and hope to see you there!