Winter 2019 Registration CanSkate and Pre-Canskate is OPEN!

Session #1 for Canskate and Pre-Canskate runs from September 10th until November 10, 2018.

Session # 2 runs from November 12, 2018 until January 31, 2019.

Session # 3 runs from February 5, 2019 until April 18, 2019.

Session #4 (Spring) runs from May 2, 2019 to May 29, 2019.

New this season is a HockeySkate Program, which will be on Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:45pm

and an Adult Learn-to-Skate Program, which will be on thursdays from 6:45 – 7:30pm.

Click HERE to be directed to the registration page or click on REGISTER on the REGISTRATION menu tab.

NEW Fundraising Obligation      (click HERE for more information)

As a non-profit organization, the Grande Prairie Skating Club is run and managed by a group of volunteers:  the GPSC board and skaters’ parents.  The volunteer work is essential to the quality and success of our club, and to your child’s experience here.  

There is only one fundraising obligation per family per year for Pre-Canskate, Canskate and Junior Prep skaters. This year we have chosen World’s Finest Chocolate Almonds as our fundraiser; each family must purchase and sell one case of chocolates (30 boxes at $2 each).  

The chocolates will be available for pickup on the first day of your child’s skating session at ice level.  You will see a mandatory charge of $60 at the time of checkout, however, remember, when the chocolates are sold, you keep the monies.

If you have any questions about the Canskate program please don’t hesitate to contact for program placement or for registration questions,  Alternatively, you may contact the Grande Prairie Skating Club office by clicking here

Important Information:

CanSkate Equipment Information

Helmet Use Policy

Is Your Skater Interested in Figure Skating?

Then you are in the right place! Canskate is the feeder program into all Skate Canada Programming. Skaters will have to work all the way up to, and including stage 3, within the Canskate program before getting assessed by the Program Director and invited to join our Junior Prep Program. Our Junior Prep Program works on stages 4-6 in a group format within the Figure Skating Program. If you have a skater interested in Figure Skating and wants to eventually join the Grande Prairie Skating Club, please email the Program Director so she can be in close communication with you regarding your skaters development.

Skate Canada Programs: CanSkate


Skate Canada has developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Clubs from across Canada are excited as they prepare to welcome and serve learn-to-skate clientele from every walk of life, age and every interest level.

What is CanSkate?
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 centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?
For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?
NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?
A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

What can you expect?
Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.


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!