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Motivate 2 Skate

Motivate 2 Skate

Motivate 2 Skate is a FREE program created to help international post-secondary students, elementary-aged students, and new Canadians learn one of Canada's most enjoyed pastimes - ice skating! With the support of experienced instructors, we are providing the opportunity to learn the basic skills needed to help you skate with confidence in a safe space. YNCU provides a pair of skates and a helmet for the duration of the program. Motivate 2 Skate aims to provide a fun and rewarding learning experience.

Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made our Motivate 2 Skate program a huge success. We are overwhelmed by the response and can't wait to bring Motivate 2 Skate to more communities in the near future.

Check back for information on our next round of sessions!

Public Skating Opportunities

Throughout our M2S communities there are outdoor rinks that are maintained during the winter months for community members to enjoy free skating. There are also scheduled public skates that offer skating for a small fee.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • Downtown Plaza Rink – 73 Brock Street
  • Esposito Rink – 36 Queen Street West
  • Merrifield Rink – 331 Patrick Street
  • Anna McCrea Rink – 250 Mark Street
  • Art Jennings Speed Skating Oval – 260 Elizabeth Street
  • Clergue Park Skating Trail – 10 East Street
  • The Rink at the Machine Shop – 83 Huron Street – Free public skating every Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 1pm
  • Indoor public ice skating is available at the John Rhodes Community Centre Arena and Northern Community Centre Arena. Click here for the 2023-2024 schedule. 

Click here for details on the City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, outdoor rinks’ hours of operation. 

London, ON

Outdoor rinks

  • Victoria Park - 580 Clarence St
  • Covent Garden Market - 130 King St, Covent Garden Market Bldg
  • Storybook Garden Skating Trail - 1958 Storybook Lane
Indoor Rinks

Indoor public ice skating is available at all arenas below:

  • Argyle Arena - 1948 Wavell Street
  • Community Centre (Bostwick Arena) - 501 Southdale Road West
  • Carling Arena - 675 Grosvenor Street
  • The Kinsmen Recreation Centre - 20 Granville Street
  • The Lambeth Community Centre - 7112 Beattie Street
  • The Medway Community Centre - 119 Sherwood Forest Square
  • The Earl Nichols Recreation Centre - 799 Homeview Road
  • Oakridge Arena - 825 Valetta Street
  • Silverwood Arena - 50 Sycamore Street
  • The Stronach Community Recreation Centre - 1221 Sandford Street

Click here for details on the London arenas and outdoor rinks.

YNCU accepting donations of used skates and helmets for M2S Program

YNCU branches are currently collecting donations of gently used hockey skates, figure skates, and helmets as we prepare to launch future Motivate 2 Skate sessions. Generous donations of used equipment will help YNCU continue to offer free skating lessons into the future and ensure even more people have the chance to feel confident out on the ice. 

We ask that any donated skates and helmets come in usable condition.

Donations can be made at the following locations:

  • Sault Ste. Marie - 289 Bay St or 535 Trunk Rd

  • Kitchener - 38 Executive Pl, 1334 Weber St E or 685 Fischer-Hallman Rd

  • Cambridge - 385 Hespeler Rd

  • Waterloo - 8 William St E or or 655 Erb Street W



Lace 'em up! Area business offers free skating lessons to newcomers
The London Free Press
October 14, 2023


'Cool runnings' as newcomers to Canada take to the ice
CTV News London
November 24, 2023


International students and new Canadians hit the ice for the first time in Cambridge
CTV News Kitchener
January 27, 2023


International students take to the ice in Sault Ste. Marie
CTV News Northern Ontario
November 5, 2022


Pee Wee Arena, YNCU teach newcomers to skate
November 5, 2022


International students in Sault Ste. Marie , Ont., learn to skate with adults-only lessons
November 5, 2022


Skating lessons free for foreign students
Sault This Week
November 1, 2022