Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for overseeing the recreation facilities, programs and leisure services for residents and visitors.

We work closely with community groups, volunteers and individuals as a facilitator to ensure that the community needs are addressed. Working together with our nieghbours in Leeds and the Thousand Island Township we offer a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities for children and adults. 

Town of Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI)

Joint Recreation Master Plan Final Report

Sports and Activities Schedule 

Recreation Centre

Public Skates

Participants of all ages can enjoy a leisurely skate around the ice surface. In a continuous flow with the rest of skaters.
No sports equipment or outside skating aides are permitted during these opportunities. This is an open unsupervised skate. Standard skating supports are permitted, Wheel chairs are allowed, but must be cleaned before entering ice surface. No horseplay, tag or racing is permitted.

Parents and Tots (or grandparents, caregivers, etc.), can enjoy this open skate, with no instructor. Strollers, pylons, sleds or chairs are not permitted on the ice. Standard skating supports are permitted. No carrying children while on the ice surface. All participants must wear ice skates. CSA approved helmet are recommended but not required. 

Come out and enjoy the music, friendship, and exercise. Skilled, novice, and beginner skaters welcome. Helmets are strongly recommended for all participants but not required. For skaters 18 years and up.

Public Skating

Monday 3:30-5:00pm
Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm (no public skating Tues Sept 12)
Wednesday 2:30-4:00pm
Sunday 2:00-3:30pm

2 Great Public Skates To Enjoy!

Friday Nov 24th It’s a Taylor Swift Themed Skate Sponsored by Gan Fitness!
Enjoy this FREE public skate from 10:00-11:30am and all ages welcome.
Skate to the music of the one and only Taylor Swift- Grab your friends, your sunglasses and red lipstick, we want to see our best Swifties on the ice!
Don’t forget our Make One and Take One Table: Make a bracelet(s) and share your favorite creations with others at our swap table in the main lobby. 
Donate and take at no charge

Join us for Family Skate Night on Friday night (Nov 24), for a fun-filled evening skate with the family from 7:00-8:30pm
Participants of all ages can enjoy a leisurely skate around the ice surface led to music. ($3/person)

The Following Skates will NOT be available due to tournament play:
Fri Nov 17th
Parent & Tot  & Adult 
& Senior Skate
Sun Nov 19th
Public Skating
Fri Nov 24th
Parent & Tot  & Adult 
& Senior Skate

We have added a skate:
Fri Nov 24th
Public Skating 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday, February 1 PA DAY Public Skating 3:30-5:00pm
Thursday, March 14 3:30-5:00pm March Break Public Skating
Friday, March 15 2:30-4:00pm March Break Public Skating

***Please Note: Subject to change without notice. Blackout dates may apply due to Tournament Play and Private Bookings. Please see calendar at arena. 

Public Skating
$3.00 person 
($4.00 person non-contributing)

Parent & Tot Skating
Wednesday & Friday 10:30-11:30am

Senior & Adult Skating
Wednesday & Friday 1:00-2:30pm 

Parent & Tot & Adult/Senior Skate
$2.00 person 
($3.00 person non-contributing)

Skate aids are permitted. No chairs, sleds, strollers/carriages, shoes/boots, pucks or sticks on the ice during public skate times. 
Non-Contributing Rates are for participants that reside outside the Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands (TLTI).

The Lou Jeffries Arena is closed during these holidays throughout the year:

  • Thanksgiving Day Closed
  • Christmas Eve (1/2 day only close at 11am) 
  • Christmas Day Closed
  • Boxing Day Closed
  • New Year’s (1/2 day only close at 11am)
  • New Year’s Day Closed 
  • Family Day Closed

2023/24 Season Ice Rental Fees (Contributing and Non-Contributing Fees):
The new rate fee entitled “Non-Contributing” was initiated in order to charge a higher ice rental fee to any user group that is not based out of the municipalities that contribute to the yearly operating and capital costs required to maintain the TLTI/Gananoque Lou Jefferies Arena. The new rate fee will apply to any user group(s) that are outside of the Town of Gananoque and Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands (TLTI).

Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink (GBM)

GBM Canada 150 Outdoor Rink is Closed for the season.

Please note: New this year, there will be scheduled private bookings or events which may interrupt the Public skating and shinny Schedule. Please refer to activity schedule or to website and social media for regular updates.

Private Rentals are available and perfect for special events including tournaments, corporate and holiday parties, team practices, family skating, clinics and more! Contact Lori Higgs at 613-382-2149 ext. 1414 or email for availability

Facility Bookings - Fees and Rates

Splash Pad

The Splash Pad is CLOSED for the season.

All park Washroom are OPEN for the season.