In-line skating, also called rollerblading, combines the idea of both roller skating and ice skating, using a straight line of wheels between the toe and heel of the skate. Off-season hockey players and professional athletes, as well as recreational users and fitness buffs, enjoy this sport. Two entrepreneurial brothers refined an old in-line skate design and founded the company known as Rollerblade in the 1980s. Many skating rinks throughout Ontario offer in-line skaters a place to hone their skills.
Coachlite Roller Gardens
Coachlite Roller Gardens, located in Oshawa, Ontario, appeals to all ages featuring adult-only times, as well as teen meets on Friday nights. Beginners can take learn-to-skate classes, one-time only or sign up for five sessions. Pick between three different skate clubs, including figure, freestyle and dance skating. The rink is also available for party rental. Purchase your skates through the on-site Pro Shop.
Scooter's Roller Palace
The 24,500 square foot facility in Scooter's Roller Palace in Mississauga includes an 80-by-160 skating surface. Adult, family or all age sessions are available throughout the week. Lessons include beginner, precision patterns and learning how to waltz. Take a break from skating and shoot pool or play bowlingo. Large party rooms are available for rental or enjoy refreshments at the snack bar. Scooters hosts events including Christian/Gospel skate, late night skates and special Canada Day Skates.
The Roller Skating Place
Roller Skating Place in Orillia is a nonprofit rink operating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The rink is located at ODAS Park. Group or birthday party skates can be booked in advance. All ages are welcome at every session.
Two community centers in Ontario offer rinks for rollerbladers. The Brant County Parks and Facilities Department operates Burford Community Centre. Sessions are broken into parent and tot, adult, women only and all age skating. Skate rentals are available. At North London Optimist Community Centre, located in London, Ontario, participants are allowed to bring their own in-line skates subject to approval or rentals are available on-site. Family skate times are offered to households with up to four children and two adults.
Rollerama, previously called the Forum, in Cambridge offers family-oriented roller sports. The rink was built in 1982 and includes 30,000 square feet of space. The 85 by 185 foot surface hosts sessions, parties, dances and special events.
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