Thorold Community Arenas

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The Thorold Community Arenas is an arena complex with two ice pads, Frank Doherty and James Whyte, that share a central lobby, washrooms and canteen.  In the heart of downtown, located between Front and Ormond streets, the arenas offer residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of healthy activities and community events.  The arenas are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to midnight during the ice-in season and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, when the ice is out. The ice is typically removed from the arena at the end of March.

Ice-in activities available through the Thorold Community Arenas include minor hockey, figure skating and ice skating lessons, adult recreational hockey, public skating, tiny tots skating, adult and senior skating, stick and puck sessions, hockey tournaments and clinics, and the annual figure skating show. 

When the ice is out, the Thorold arenas host annual events such as the Thorold Arts & Crafts Show and the Seaway Kennel Club Dog Show.  Click on  arena programs or free skates and special events to learn more about what is offered at the Thorold arenas.  Both arenas are available for rental during the summer months; please contact the arena office at 905-227-1148 for building rentals. 

Ice time may be booked through the arena office by calling 905-227-1148.  An ice time application must be completed and submitted to the arena office to secure specific dates and times.  All arena rentals are subject to $5.00/hr arena surcharge and the provision of insurance by the renter and may be purchased through the municipality or from the insurance broker of their choosing. 

Ice Time and Ice Rates

Prime time ice is available from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. weekdays and all weekend hours.  Non-prime time ice is available from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. to midnight.  Day time ice is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays only.  

Frank Doherty Arena

The Frank Doherty Arena is an ice rink with a seating capacity of 1,300 and standing room for 200 and is fully accessible.  Additionally, the arena boasts a concession stand, washrooms and vending machines (located in the shared lobby), dressing rooms, scoreboard and PA system.

Frank Doherty Arena ice rental rates per hour (HST included):

  • Prime time ice = $215.51 +$5.00 surcharge
  • Non-prime time ice = $110.00 +$5.00 surcharge
  • Daytime ice = $135.60 +$5.00 surcharge

***All arena rentals are subject to $5.00 (+HST)/hr arena surcharge and the provision of insurance by the renter which may be purchased through the municipality or from the insurance broker of choice.***

James Whyte Arena

The James Whyte Arena is an ice rink with limited seating capacity (bleachers and benches) that is equipped with a concession stand, washrooms and vending machines (located in the lobby), dressing rooms and scoreboard.

James Whyte Arena ice rental rates per hour:

  • Prime time ice = $206.82 +$5.00 surcharge
  • Non-prime time ice = $100.00 +$5.00 surcharge
  • Daytime ice = $135.60 +$5.00 surcharge

***All arena rentals are subject to $5.00 (+HST)/hr arena surcharge and the provision of insurance by the renter which may be purchased through the municipality or from the insurance broker of choice.***

Ice rental fees are effective August 1st to July 31st

General Arena Rules

  • All on-ice participants must wear skates
  • Food and drinks are not permitted on the ice surface
  • Skate at a sensible speed and in the direction indicated by the on-ice skate patrol
  • No throwing ice or snow
  • No horseplay, games of tag or racing, backwards skating or figure skating manoeuvres

The City of Thorold strongly recommends that all participants wear a CSA approved hockey helmet when participating in ice sports and activities.

Click on the links below for more information about these arena user groups:

To inquire about available ice rental times contact the Arena Office at 905-227-1148.  For special events contact the Recreation Coordinator at 905-227-6613 ext. 231 or ginger@thorold.com.

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