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Canskate is a learn to skate program for all ages that is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of skating.  Skaters are grouped according to ability and are assessed weekly to determine if they are ready to move on to the next level.​ 

The program emphasizes fun and continuous movement in a group lesson format and is taught by the club professional with the help of program assistants. This is a feeder program to all of the other Skate Canada programs.  For more information, see the video at the bottom of the page.


STARskate stands for Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition. It offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. 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. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. The STARskate program can be completed in a group, private or semi-private format. 


This is a program for skaters new to STARskate who have completed the Canskate program. This program will help skaters develop their figure skating skills in a group setting consisting of no more than 10 skaters. It offers basic figure skating development in edges, stroking, skills, dance, interpretive and free skate. Skaters receive a 45 min group lesson by one or more of our club professionals with 15 minutes of individual practice time.

STARskate Private Lessons

This program allows skaters who are ready for more of a challenge, or who are ready to work independently, the ice time to do so.  Skaters are taught by freelance coaches in private or semi-private lessons and can earn badges, take tests or attend competitions. This program is excellent for skaters; they progress at their own rate as well as have the opportunity to be encouraged by more advanced skaters who may skate during this session.  Personal goals can be met here depending on time and financial commitment.  You must hire the services of a freelance coach for lessons to skate during this session.  Fees for lessons depend on the qualification and experience of the coach.  

Hockey Canskate

Hockey CanSkate emphasizes hockey skating skills as part of our CanSkate program.  This program is ideal for skaters who have not yet played hockey or are just beginning.  This is not a power skating course.  Skaters may choose to begin the program without equipment or skate in their  hockey equipment throughout. Hockey sticks are not brought on the ice initially. The program focuses on skating skills to improve the player's agility, control and balance when skating.   Skaters are only required to wear hockey skates and a CSA-approved helmet. 

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