Skating Programs

All STARSkate programs are run according to Skate Canada’s Minimum Requirements and Delivery Standards.


Pre-CanSkate’ is a learn-to-skate program geared towards beginner skaters aged 3 to 7 and is designed to give them the basics of skating in a fun environment. For skaters over the age 7 who have never skated, please contact the Skating Coordinator at [email protected] for advice on what program to register your child.

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The ‘CanSkate’ program is great for those wishing to improve their basic skills. This program provides a series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating.

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Requirements: Must have passed CanSkate 4, must be between the ages of 5-18

The CanPowerSkate program has been designed to focus on the development of 15 basic skill sets divided into three fundamental areas: Balance, Control and Agility. Recognizing that skating is a foundational skill for hockey and ringette, this program allows for the opportunity to focus on skating outside of the game or practice.

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Adult CanSkate

The ‘AdultSkate CanSkate’ program is for the young at heart; those who wish to develop their fundamental skating skills and movement through an interactive group lesson format using circuits. This program is for adult beginners, as well as for those wishing to continue a healthy, lifelong participation in the sport they love and learned at an earlier age.

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The Pre-STARSkate program is based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Features include a fresh new look, awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. The result is a dynamic Pre-STARSkate program.

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Junior STARSkate

Our ‘Junior STAR’ program is designed for skaters who wish to continue to develop their skating skills in a group lesson setting. To register in this program, skaters must have passed their Stage 6 CanSkate badge or have been recommended to this program by a professional coach.

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Intermediate STARSkate

Our ‘Intermediate STAR’ program is designed for skaters who wish to continue to develop their skating skills. STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skills, free skate and artistic skating.

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Senior STARSkate

Coming Soon!

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Adult STARSkate

Our ‘Adult STARSkate’ program is designed for skaters who wish to continue to develop their skating skills. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives.

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Skating Equipment

Skates – Skaters who are in PreCanSkate, CanSkate or Adult CanSkate may use hockey or figure skates. Bob skates and adjustable (grow-with-me) skates are not permitted.  Be sure to purchase skates with laces, not the molded plastic skates with buckles. Please ensure skates are comfortable and a proper fit. We would recommend purchasing skates and helmets from United Cycle or Professional Skate Services. Skates must be sharpened regularly or at least once per season.

Hockey vs Figure Skates – Both options are great! Keep in mind though, switching from hockey to figure skates later on can be a hard transition and may set the skater back.

Helmet – All skaters in our CanSkate or learn-to-skate programs are required to have a CSA approved helmet that is no more than 5 years old. Please refer to the sticker on the back of the helmet to ensure your helmet is not expired.  Skaters are required to wear CSA approved helmets until they have earned the Stage 5 badge and have permission from their coach.

“An athlete gains so much knowledge by just participating in a sport. Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and, of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.”

Kristi Yamaguchi