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Skate Canada – OTTAWA, ON: On December 10, lace up your skates for Canada 150 Skating Day! For the first time ever, Canadians will skate on Parliament Hill as well as in over 300 communities from coast to coast to coast.

As part of this special day, Skate Canada is also hosting 17 flagship skating events in cities across the country, offering community skate banks to allow children without equipment the opportunity to take part. The flagship events will also feature skating exhibitions and will have coaches available to assist skaters.

Join in this nationwide skating party and bid farewell to a memorable Canada 150 year in one of the most Canadian ways possible!

Rogers Communications is the official sponsor of Canada 150 Skating Day. Tim Hortons also provided a generous contribution to Canada 150 Skating Day.

“Skating is a symbol of Canadian culture, and Skate Canada is delighted to see Canada 150 Skating Day being celebrated in communities across Canada. Skating should be accessible to all Canadians, and we applaud the Government of Canada and Rogers Communications for making skate banks available in our communities. We encourage everyone to celebrate skating on December 10 and all year round. We hope to see all Canadians embracing the joy of skating.” —Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada

“On December 10, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate Canada 150 on the ice. The whole country will glide into winter together by skating on Canada 150 Skating Day. I invite everyone to come together to enjoy one of our most beloved winter pastimes as we bid farewell to a memorable Canada 150 year.” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“We are proud to be the official sponsor of this great community-building initiative that brings Canadians, including our employees and their families, together for a great day of skating. Rogers is committed to investing in local communities. Our media outlets are on hand to provide local coverage of many Canada 150 Skating Day events across the country today.” —Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media

Quick Facts

  • On March 11, the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, announced that Canada 150 Skating Day would take place in communities across the country on December 10, 2017.
  • On December 10, 2017, more than 300 communities across the country will join together in a cross-Canada skating party.
  • Skate Canada is also organizing 17 flagship events in major cities and all provincial and territorial capitals.
  • Through the Canada 150 Fund, the Government of Canada has supported 729 initiatives that encourage Canadians and the world to participate, celebrate and explore our country in 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for competitive figure skating and is dedicated to creating a nation of skaters, both recreationally and competitively. At 130 years old, Skate Canada is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skating instruction and education. Over 170,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year, including our flagship CanSkate program that teaches beginners of every age the basic skills of skating and fundamental movements.

As one of Canada’s most successful sport governing bodies, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 36 world championship titles. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medallists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,500 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa and high performance facilities in Toronto and Montreal.


For Information:
Emma Bowie, Communications Manager
+1 (613) 747-1007 ext. 2547