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Lakefront Skate and Market

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This winter season, Scugog will introduce a new outdoor, on-land skating rink thanks to generous funding from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

"The new skating rink provides a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to embrace and enjoy fun winter activities in the Durham Region,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “Canadians know the value tourism plays in strengthening southern Ontario’s communities, and our government is committed to supporting a multitude of projects across Ontario to create all-season fun for everyone.”

Located in the Joe Fowler north ball diamond, the new outdoor rink and vendor village will provide a unique and extended pleasure skating experience with food and artisan market right in the heart of downtown. The objective is to attract visitors with an exhilarating skating experience from early December to mid-March, highlighting the lakefront and the downtown this winter season. Skating will be available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with vendor kiosks anticipated to be open most weekends.

“The Township is always looking at opportunities to support tourism in our community especially with the tourism sector still on the road to recovery,” said Township of Scugog Mayor Wilma Wotten. “We are thankful to the Government of Canada for its support of Scugog Tourism to extend the tourism season throughout the winter.”

Community partnerships, future sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available to offset the future operations of the outdoor rink. The Joe Fowler north ball diamond provides wide-open space for specialty artisans and merchants. The proximity to the newly built Joe Fowler picnic shelter also provides a picturesque setting to enjoy a skate, a hot chocolate and a view.


About FedDev Ontario

For 14 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Media Contacts:

Lori Bowers, Director Community Services and Communications, Township of Scugog 905.985.7346 ext. 132,



Edward Hutchinson

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Lakefront Skate Rules and Regulations

  • No hockey sticks, pucks, or nets
  • No skates in washrooms
  • No fighting
  • No spitting
  • No strollers on ice (training aids permitted)
  • Skates must be worn on ice
  • Keep skates on mats when not on ice
  • No use of ice during maintenance
  • No food/beverage on ice. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in area
  • Garbage must be deposited in receptacles
  • No aggressive skating
  • Helmets strongly encouraged
  • Children should be supervised

Partnership Opportunities

For general information, please contact


To register as a sponsor, contact:

Brock Robinson, Parks and Recreation Associate

Tel. 905-985-8698 ext. 303


Thank you, and we look forward to your potential partnership!

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