The Ontario government has given orders to move into the third stage of the Road map to Reopening on Friday, July 16, at 12:01 am as key public health and health care indicators continue to improve, and the province-wide vaccination rates surpass targets.

“We are pleased to be reopening more City services and amenities to the public and earlier than anticipated under Step Three of Ontario’s Road map to Reopen Plan,” said Norm Gale, City Manager. “We are making all final arrangements for these re-openings and do so with safety in mind.” 

Public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply in Step Three. All reopened City facilities will follow strict health and safety guidelines including, but not limited to: COVID-19 screening and contact tracing, capacity limits, physical distancing, mask requirements where applicable, and cleaning and disinfecting practices.

City Amenities Opening in Step Three

City Arenas

  • Current River Arena (summer ice) reopens July 19
  • Port Arthur Arena reopens Sept. 11
  • Neebing, Grandview, Delaney Arenas reopen Sept. 26
  • The Fort William Gardens remains closed for facility improvements until early October
  • For ice bookings, contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at 252-9628

Here is a summary of what to expect when using one of the City's arenas:

  • Pre-screening is required - fill out the online pre-screening tool to reduce line-ups
  • Players are to come dressed other than skates and helmets (no bags allowed inside)
  • Masks are required (may be removed when putting on helmet and/or actively participating in physical activity)
  • No access to dressing rooms
  • Please arrive and depart within 15 minutes of your ice rental
  • Public skating is cancelled until further notice.


We are looking for respectful and responsible skaters to join our Ice Patrol Team. Ice Patrol work together to handle admissions, provide customer service and maintain a safe skating experience during our public skates. If you are at least 16 years of age, a competent skater and are interested in joining our team, check out the job description and apply online at For more information email Application deadline is June 20, 2021.