Backyard Ice Rink Contest is Back in Brampton!

December 20, 2022 – The Brampton Backyard Ice Rink Contest is back and the community can show off their backyard or community ice rink for a chance to win amazing prizes!​

Submit photos to the City for a chance to win amazing prizes — like a one-hour skate with NHL Alumni (details coming soon) on the winning rinks!

In 2021, Toronto Maple Leaf NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and former Captain Wendel Clark joined Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown to hit the ice with owners and kids of the local winning rinks.

NHL Alumni Doug Gilmour & Wendel Clark

This event is sponsored by Bruce Power, National Homes, and Tim Hortons.

How to Participate

Snap a photo.

Complete the submission form by January 31, 2023 (Form will be available on January 1, 2023 on the City website)

Evaluation will be based on the durability, creativity and safety of the rink submissions.


Winners will be contacted and announced on the City’s social media channels on February 3.​

  • Gold: #1 Backyard Rink & #1 Community Rink
  • Silver: #2 Backyard Rink
  • Silver: #2 Backyard Rink

Tips for a perfect backyard ice rink

Setting up a backyard rink is easier than you think! All you need is space, patience, frosty temperatures. Remember to keep safety top of mind.

  • Map out the space in your backyard. Surface should be flat and free from mounds, heaves, stones and other debris. 
  • Ensure the rink isn’t located in an area that slopes towards the home, or too close to your home.
  • If you have a wet/leaky basement, or your backyard has issues with water pooling, refrain from installing a backyard rink.
  • Grab your material — plywood boards, liner, brackets/supports, etc.
  • Flood as often as necessary in order to maintain a smooth, safe ice surface. Don’t flood ice surface if snowing or if there is snow on ice surface, as it can result in an uneven and potentially harmful surface when it freezes. 
  • The ideal temperature for freezing the ice is -15C.
  • Before you head out for your first skate, test the ice by gently pushing down on it.
  • Get creative and add lighting for a perfect evening skate.