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Backyard Ice Rink Contest 2023

Hosted by the City of Brampton


The Brampton Backyard Ice Rink Contest is back! Show off your backyard or community ice rink for a chance to win amazing prizes!​

Chilly, winter weather means more outdoor fun! 

Are you planning to build a backyard or community ice rink this season? Show us a photo for a chance to win amazing prizes -- like a skate on the winning rinks with NHL Alumni Darcy Tucker and signed swag from two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Cassie Campbell!

Here’s how to participate

1. Build a backyard or community ice rink, within the City of Brampton. Check out tips below! 
2. Snap a photo. 
3. Complete the submission form​ by noon on February 20, 2023. 



Gold: #1 Backyard Rink & #1 Community Rink

Silver: #2 Backyard Rink

Bronze: #3 Backyard Rink

Winners will be contacted and announced on City’s social media channels on February 22.

The winning rinks will be visited by Mayor Brown & Darcy Tucker on February 26.


  • ​Gold, Silver & Bronze: skate with Mayor Brown & Darcy Tucker on the winning rink! Free sign swag by Cassie Campbell! And a $100 Tim Horton's gift card.
  • $20 Tim Horton's gift card for every entry.
  • First 100 entries will receive a free skate sharpening from SportFix​


  • Mayor Brown
  • Darcy Tucker
  • Cassie Campbell
  • Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi
  • Paul Lecompte, President of Brampton Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1068​
  • Dave Wakely, President of Peel Paramedic Union OPSEU L277
  • Steve Ganesh, City of Brampton Commissioner of Planning, Building and Growth Management 
  • Glenn McIntyre, President Brampton Hockey Inc. 
  • Tina Kelloway, President Brampton Canadettes Girls Hockey Association
  • Nav Chhinzer, Peel Regional Police Superintendent
  • Tenley Keenan

Tips for a perfect backyard ice rink 

Setting up a backyard rink is easier than you think! All you need is space, patience, frosty temperatures. Remember to keep safety top of mind.

  • Map out the space in your backyard. Surface should be flat and free from mounds, heaves, stones and other debris.  

  • Ensure the rink isn’t located in an area that slopes towards the home, or too close to your home. 

  • If you have a wet/leaky basement, or your backyard has issues with water pooling, refrain from installing a backyard rink.

  • Grab your material -- plywood boards, liner, brackets/supports, etc. 

  • Flood as often as necessary in order to maintain a smooth, safe ice surface. Don’t flood ice surface if snowing or if there is snow on ice surface, as it can result in an uneven and potentially harmful surface when it freezes.  

  • The ideal temperature for freezing the ice is -15C.

  • Before you head out for your first skate, test the ice by gently pushing down on it. 

  • Get creative and add lighting for a perfect evening skate.

​Support a Community Rink

  • The City supports outdoor community rinks. These are small, neighbourhood-based rinks maintained by a local neighbourhood rink committee, with the support of the City.

  • For more information about volunteering to support an outdoor community rink in your neighbourhood park, contact Parks Maintenance and Operations at BramptonGreenCity@brampton.ca​​.


         Please note that this is a limited opportunity.​

Thank you to our sponsors!​


Event Date Sunday, January 1, 2023
Start Time 12:00 AM
End Time 11:55 PM
Fees Free
Event Contact/Host events@brampton.ca
Event Contact/Host's Email events@brampton.ca
Phone 311