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What is CanSkate?


CanSkate is a nationally certified dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.



  • CanSkate 4-12 years old


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For more information on Canskate levels please visit:

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What skills will you learn?

  • A complete 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. ​

  • CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.


Program Requirements: Helmets are mandatory for skaters. Rental skates and helmets are not available during our sessions - you must bring your own equipment. A parent must be present while skaters participate in Club sessions.


Prerequisites: This is a learn to skate program. There are no pre-requisites



The most important piece of equipment for a beginner or experienced skater is their skates. Most department and sports stores sell a variety of skates for beginner levels only.


For proper fitting skate:

o Ensure that the space at the back of the heel is no more than a pencil width.

o Skates should fit snugly around the ankle and heel with some room for movement of the toes.

o There should be no looseness or creases in the boot.
o The tongue should be well padded and the wide enough to cover the front of the ankle and stay in place.

o Laces should be loose over the toe and front of the foot, while snug over the ankle and instep.

o Walk around in the skates off the ice, they should feel comfortable. 

(See Picture Below for proper fitting skates)

Two places to buy figure skates:

Skater’s Edge: Suite 10-145 Schoolhouse, Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C8

Leading Edge/Cyclone Taylor: 1005 west 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2P7SKATE SHARPENING


Places to buy Hockey Skates:

  • Sport Chek

  • Play it again sports

  • Canadian Tire



  • Always wipe your blades completely dry after skating.

  • Never leave your skate guards (hard guards) on your skaters for any length of time.

  • Protect your blades from each other with a towel or soft coves when carried in your skate bag.

  • Don’t leave your skaters in your bag overnight. They need time to dry out properly.


It is important that skates are sharp and well cared for skates. All skaters are required to wear skate guards.

Re-sharpening of skates should occur after approximately 24-30 hours of skating time.



  •  All skaters need to wear warm but tight fitting clothing. Dress in layers. PreCanskates may wear snow suits.

  •  No jeans should be worn by any skater at any level.

  • No scarves

  •  All Canskaters are required to wear gloves or mittens.



A CSA-approved hockey helmet must be worn for all Canskaters in the Canskate program. Skaters who have successfully passed the entire Level 4 of the Canskate program may request an exemption.

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