Where to skate in Ottawa - May 2024

Skating every day at the Jim Tubman rink, and roller derby season starts in Ottawa!

Rental skates at Rideau Rollers

We’re happy to announce that this summer Rideau Rollers is offering outdoor skate rentals. This is a great way to try skating on your local trails, tennis courts, or at a public rink. For more details visit rentals.rideaurollers.com

City of Ottawa - Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink

The Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink is a covered outdoor skating rink with a smooth concrete surface. They have “Rollerblade – all ages” sessions every day which are open to rollerskaters and bladers. There’s no cost to skate at the rink.

Canterbury Recreation Website - under “Drop-in Schedule - Summer”

City of Ottawa - Lansdowne Open Skate

The City of Ottawa hosts low-cost skate sessions in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne all year-round. The floor is polished concrete and can be slippery.

This month there’s two sessions on Tuesdays: 6:15 and 7:20PM. It’s not necessary to book in advance but we recommend checking the City website for any changes to the schedule.

Lansdowne Recreation Website - under “Drop-in Schedule - roller sports”

City of Ottawa - Lois Kemp Arena

The Lois Kemp Arena in Blackburn Hamlet is open for roller skating all summer. Mondays from 6-7PM is a family session and 7-8PM is open skating time. Helmets are required for skaters 10 years old and younger.

Loid Kemp Recreation Website - under “Drop-in Schedule - skating”

OQS at Carleton

Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club (OQS) runs a weekly roller disco at Carleton’s Norm Fenn Gym on Friday nights. They have a large hardwood floor and disco music.

Book your tickets and rental skates online on Eventbrite.

Ottawa Quad Sessions Website

OQS Unbirthday Party - Friday May 17

Join Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club for a special disco event at the Lansdowne Horticulture Building with lights and music. All the profits from this unbirthday party will help support the Algonquin Students’ Association Food Cupboard by ensuring they can continue to reduce food insecurity amongst Algonquin’s students.

There are two sessions - a family skate from 5-7:30PM, and an adult skate from 8:30-11PM. Rental skates are available!

Family session registration

Adult session registration

Ottawa Valley Roller Derby Home Opener - Saturday May 18

Ottawa Valley Roller Derby is hosting their first home game of the season on May 18th at St Laurent arena (525 Côté Street):

  • 6PM - Peterborough Area Roller Derby (PARD) Juniors playing against Ottawa Junior Roller Derby
  • 8PM - OVRD’s house-league teams the Valley Cats v. Street Rats

Tickets are $15 at the door and kids under 10 get in for free. There’s also food, drinks and merch available for purchase!

RSVP on the Facebook Event

Kingston Roller Derby Double-Header - Saturday May 11

Kingston Roller Derby is hosting a double-header game at the Memorial Arena in Kingston. Rideau Rollers will have a table there too!

Doors open at 4:30PM.

KRD on Instagram

Roll-Out - Sunday May 26

Come skate with us! We’ve tried for two months, third time is the charm. Join us for a short trail skate setting out at 10AM!

The route will be along the bike path from Pimisi Station on Booth St to Bayview Station. RSVP to the FB event or watch our Instagram for updates - we will post in advance if we need to cancel due to bad weather.

Free to attend. All wheels are welcome. You should be able to skate safely in control outdoors. Helmets and pads strongly recommended.

Facebook event

Skate Maintenance Night - Thursday May 16

Drop in at Rideau Rollers from 5-7PM for skate maintenance help! Borrow our tools to tune up your new skates and ask questions about bearings, cushions, wheels, etc.

Free to attend.

Facebook event