Mayor urges people to lace up their skates and get out to Mississauga’s dozens of ice rinks

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Published January 14, 2022 at 10:55 am

Outdoor ice skating is a “very Canadian” wintertime activity, and Mississauga has dozens of locations for people to lace up the skates.

In addition to being a fun activity for the entire family, Mayor Bonnie Crombie says outdoor activities these days–in the midst of rising COVID-19 cases–should be high on the priority list.

In recent COVID-19 updates from the City of Mississauga, the mayor has made sure to encourage people to get outdoors, whether it be to lace up the skates on any of the city’s 45 or so outdoor rinks (43 of which are natural ice surfaces) or to put on the hiking boots and take a walk along one of Mississauga’s many trails.

Crombie added participating in such activities is not only good for fitness, but it gets people outdoors where even the highly contagious Omicron variant is less transmissible than in indoor settings.

Furthermore, a brisk walk, on a trail or elsewhere, or ice skating outing is good for mental health as well.

One of the more popular ice skating surfaces in Mississauga, and the largest, is at Celebration Square.

Weather permitting, the rink is open to the public daily until March 20, and it’s free of charge. Hours are Sunday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

During heavy snow or warmer temperatures, the rink may have to temporarily close, City officials say.

To confirm the rink is open for use, residents can call 905-615-3200, ext. 7465. Residents can also access a live webcam via the City’s website to check out how busy the rink is at any given time.

Skate rental and sharpening services are available on site. Cost to rent skates is $10, for helmets $5 and skate sharpening costs $8.

Pricing is for a two-hour skate rental.

 

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