The Loop, an outdoor ice skating trail, has brought new life to Bannerman Park during the winter months. Families with children, young adults, seniors, community and service groups, and others, all skate together for free.
The Loop season
The Loop hours
The Loop season
The Loop opens for the season when temperatures are consistently low enough to make and maintain the ice surface. Call the Loopline at 733-LOOP (5667) to learn if it is open. When weather or ice conditions are unsafe and not suitable for skating, The Loop will close and we will update the Loopline – so be sure to call before you head out! When temperatures consistently rise and ice can no longer be safely maintained The Loop will close for the season. This will be announced on the City’s website, social media, through local media and the Loopline.
The Loop hours
Once opened for the season The Loop is open, daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. when ice maintenance is not occurring. Skating is not permitting while ice maintenance is taking place.
The ice maintenance schedule (no skating during these times):
- Daily: 8 to 10 a.m.
- Monday to Thursday: 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
- Friday to Sunday: 1:15 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 4:45 p.m.
All City parks close at 11 p.m. and Bannerman is no exception. The lights around The Loop shut off at 11 p.m. each night.
There is a parking lot in Bannerman Park off Bannerman Road. If this is full public parking is available on both sides of Bannerman Road, the east side of Rennie’s Mill Road, the south side of Military Road, and the south side of Circular Road, all of which border Bannerman Park.
Making ice at The Loop
To be suitable for skating the ice on The Loop must be one inch thick. Ice is built in layers, putting on 1/16th of an inch of ice at a time. When building or rebuilding the ice skaters are urged to stay off the ice. When people skate on The Loop before the ice building is complete, pieces of ice can break off and expose the underlying concrete surface. When this happens we have to start the ice building process from the beginning. For the safety and enjoyment of all skaters, please do not skate on The Loop when signs are posted indicating that it is closed.
Spray bars are used to make the ice. A small ice resurfacer is used to maintain the ice each day.
For the enjoyment and safety of all:
- If you’re on the ice surface you must have skates on
- CSA-approved ice skating helmets are recommended
- No more than 2 people join hands while skating (no chain skating)
- Skate forward at a leisurely pace; no racing or speed skating, backwards or figure skating permitted
- Do not stop on the ice surface; if you must stop move off the ice first
- Dangerous behavior (horseplay, throwing snow) is not permitted
- Equipment is not permitted on the ice including hockey sticks, pucks, strollers, sleds, and chairs
- Food & drink is not permitted on the ice; smoking and alcohol is not permitted anywhere near The Loop
- Do not use phones or hand held electronic devices while skating
- Do not carry children, including babies in wraps, while on the ice
- Dogs or other pets are not allowed on the ice