Group bookings are available with advance registration for groups of 20 people or more and must be submitted at least one week in advance. We cannot guarantee access to specific types of equipment and encourage people to be prepared to try lots of new things.
To book a group, please email skateHRM@halifax.ca with the following information:
- Date of booking
- Time of booking
- How many children / adults?
- Age range of children
- Will you require accessible equipment?
- School/Organization/Group name
- Contact Name & Number
Participants can bring their own human-powered equipment, please note that helmets are mandatory for all users.
Please note: all times are dependent on the weather/surface conditions and are subject to change without warning. Please check online before heading out.
Equipment is available to borrow but is limited and cannot be reserved in advance. Groups, including students and school visits, should bring their own equipment wherever possible. You must bring a valid ID to borrow equipment.
- Protective Gear
- Skate aids (winter only)
- Adaptive equipment and lift
If a group booking needs to cancel, try to provide as much advance notice as possible to ensure other groups can attend.
Before you head out to the Emera Oval, it’s always a good idea to double check the schedule or call the Emera Oval Hotline at 902.490.2347 to see if we are open. Reasons for closures and cancellations may include:
- Ice conditions
- Storm days (schools are closed)
Safety Precautions for Group Visits
Helmets are mandatory for all users of the Emera Oval. Children 12 years and under must wear a CSA-approved multi-impact helmet (hockey helmet).
For summer visits, helmets are required for all individuals biking, scootering, skateboarding, and skating. For additional information on helmet safety, visit the Province of Nova Scotia webpage on injury prevention and helmet use.
For school visits, chaperones and teachers are required to accompany students while on and off the Emera Oval surface.
Planning Your Group's Visit to the Oval
There is no parking on site at the Emera Oval. Buses can drop off and pick up students on Cogswell Street (Westbound). Buses cannot enter the Emera Oval site.
When you arrive, check in at the office with the name of your school and the number of students attending, then proceed to benches and or line up for skates/helmets.
Special Rules for Group Booking Visits
In addition to following the Emera Oval rules and regulations, please follow the special rules on visits.
Please do not:
- carry children in your arms, in a car carrier or in a baby Bjorn
- use mp3 players, cell phones, or hand-held electronic devices
- eat or drink on the ice or concrete surface
- use inappropriate language or exhibit inappropriate behaviour