Pre CanSkate & CanSkate


All of our learn to skate programs are held at the Design Works Centre –
#6 Knowledge Way, Grande Prairie, AB

CanSkate is a dynamic Learn-to- skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s Long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centres on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

CanSkate: for skaters ages 5 and up / PreCanSkate: for skaters ages 3 to 5 years.
Rising Stars and STAR 1 teach foundational figure skating skills to skaters interested in progressing into the StarSkate programs

What Level is my Skater?

PreCanSkate: Includes children ages 3-5 who have not had significant time on the ice and are able to work in a group lesson format.


Stage 1: Ages 5 to 10 and can work independently in a group lesson (children ages 3-5 may be moved into this program with permission of the CanSkate director after they have passed Pre-CanSkate). The skater has limited skating experience

Stage 2 required skills:

Forward 2 foot glide
Backward 2 foot skating/walking
Turn both clock wise and counter clock wise

Stage 3 required skills:

Forward and Backward 2 foot to 1 foot glide on both right and left feet
Backward 2 foot sit glide
Forward 2 foot jump

Stage 4 required skills:

Walking crosscuts on both right and left
Backward push/glide sequence
Backward 2 foot jump

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!

Helmet Use Policy


If you have any questions about the CanSkate program please don’t hesitate to contact for program placement or for registration questions. (All bulletins and communications will be by email)

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