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Emera Oval opens for winter season Friday

Visitors who don't have their own equipment can borrow skates and helmets for free
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The Emera Oval on the Halifax Common (Meghan Groff/

Halifax Regional Municipality says it's time to sharpen your skates as the Emera Oval is expected to open for the winter season Friday, weather permitting.

Skating is free at the Halifax Common on the largest artificial ice surface east of Quebec.

Children 12 and under must wear a CSA-approved multi-impact helmet while on the ice, and HRM encourages those over 12 to do the same.

No equipment, no problem, visitors can borrow skates and helmets for free with valid government-issued ID at the pavilion building, which also has indoor washrooms and a warming room.

The municipality will also be running a "Learn to Skate" program, which offers free lessons beginning January 6th.

The oval will be open New Year's Eve, festivities are expected to include skating, hot chocolate and fireworks at 8 p.m., then again at midnight.

Public skate times and other information about the oval can be found online.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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