Winter is coming. With three skating rinks in iconic city locations, a future rink under construction, and countless community rinks, you can find an outdoor skating location near you and enjoy the beautiful Canadian winter.
NOTE: Outdoor skating in Brampton begins when the weather is consistently below freezing (zero degrees Celsius) for at least a week. Parks and rec staff then proceed to create the skating surfaces at city facilities.
Gage Park Skating Trail – OPEN
Brampton’s most famous skating trail is normally a winding pathway around Gage Park in downtown Brampton. But when the weather hits a certain temperature, city staff bring out boards, water, and the zamboni to create a winter wonderland.
Address: 45 Main St South
Times: Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. & Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Facilities: The city operates a rental stall Thursday to Sunday. Benches and a change room are available.
Parking: The City Hall parking garage is nearby. There is an hourly fee on weekdays, and it’s free to park on weekdays after 7 p.m., and on weekends.
Transit: The 502 Main, 2 Main, 24 Van Kirk, and 25 Edenbrook stops are close to Gage Park, as well as a GO bus stop from Union Station to Brampton GO. The bus terminal and train station is a five minute walk away.
Mount Pleasant Skating Rink – OPEN
Serving the community of Mount Pleasant, this is Brampton’s first suburban skating rink. The rink normally serves as a reflecting pool just outside the Mount Pleasant Village branch of the Brampton Public Library. Surrounded by public art by Ron Baird, this small skating rink completes the amenities that serve as the hub of a new type suburban community.
Address: 100 Commuter Drive
Times: Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
**Skating will go until midnight on New Years’ Eve.
Facilities: There are no rentals provided by the city or a private store at this location. Benches provided.
Parking: There is free three hour street parking available on the street surrounding Mount Pleasant Square. The parking lot serving the library and community centre is free for public use on weekdays after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends.
Transit: The 26 Mount Pleasant and 32 Sandalwood directly serve Mount Pleasant Square on the north side of Mount Pleasant GO station. Other Brampton Transit and GO buses serve the loop on the south side of the train station. A pedestrian tunnel under the station provides accessible access to the other side.
Chinguacousy Park Skating Trail – OPEN
Replacing the former Bramalea Civic Centre skating rink, the Chinguacousy Park Skating Trail has been planned since 2010. The rink’s unusual “canal” style will allow for skaters with different abilities to skate without disturbing each other.
Address: 9050 Bramalea Road (Located across from the barn in the southeast quadrant of the park, near where the baseball diamonds used to be).
Times: Sunday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Facilities: Skate rentals and concessions will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and all day on weekends.
Parking: There is free parking off Central Park Drive (two minute walk) and Bramalea Road (six minute walk).
Transit: There is no direct transit access. Nearest stop is the 501/A Zum westbound station at Queen and Bramalea. The 9 Vodden, 17 Howden, 19 Fernforest, and 15 Bramalea circle the park. Bramalea Transit Terminal with Brampton Transit and GO buses is an eight minute walk.
Gore Meadows Skating Rink – Opening late next year
The massive sprawling complex that is the Gore Meadows Recreation Centre and Library in northeast Brampton is set to complete its second phase in March 2017. The strange dome-like roof you see from Castlemore Road is in fact the new rink, which will be covered, but will be exposed to the elements from the sides. It will be the largest new rink, and will be formatted for 3-on-3 ice hockey.
Address: 10150 The Gore Road.
Parking: There is free parking at Gore Meadows Recreation Centre and Library.
Transit: There is a mini-transit loop served by the 35/A Clarkway, 36 Gardenbrooke, and 50 Gore Road.
Community Skating Rinks
In some neighbourhoods of Brampton, community members and/or schools partner to create skating rinks on baseball diamonds in public parks or school grounds. These are formed with some assistance from the city.
They are free to use, though many also ask for volunteers to help with cleaning and setup. They also ask that the public respect the hard work that goes into maintaining a community rink. Out of respect and to prevent them from being abused, Bramptonist will not post the location of community rinks, unless we are asked to.