Skate with Us

Have you ever wanted to skate at over 50 kilometers per hour? Are you looking for a sport that allows all ages and abilities to participate in the same club?  Do you want to improve your skating skills? Do you love racing on skates? Then speed skating is for you!

Ice speed skating has been a part of Canadian winters since the 1850s. Today, ice speed skating has two main disciplines: short track (typically skated indoors on a hockey rink) and long track (skated indoors or outdoors on a 400m oval). Marathon skating (typically skated outdoors on various sized ice surfaces) is a third discipline, which is popular in areas where appropriate facilities exist.

Speed skating is a family friendly, volunteer-driven sport, with 28 speed skating clubs in British Columbia. In Canada, there are opportunities to excel in the sport or to remain lifelong participants, as a skater, coach, official, administrator, volunteer, parent or fan!

Getting Started

To get started in speed skating, contact your local club using the Club Finder. Most clubs in BC participate primarily in short track speed skating, and will offer try-out sessions at a discounted rate, or even for free. Speed skates are typically available for rent, although younger skaters may use their own skates (hockey, figure skating etc.). Speed skating is an inclusive sport and all ages and abilities are welcome to try! However, some clubs prefer that skaters have a basic knowledge of skating before trying speed skating (e.g. have taken a learn-to-skate course). Contact your local club for more information, or use the ViaSport website.

Existing Skaters

Skaters in BC are involved in one of three streams: the Regional Stream, Provincial Stream or Performance Stream. The streams are based on principles of individualized, holistic athlete development and allow for a skater of any age to find the speed skating experience that is right for them.

Age Regional Stream
Provincial Stream
Performance Stream
0-6 Active Start(AS)    
6-8 female
6-9 male
FUNdamentals (FUNd)    
8-11 female
9-12 male
Learn to Train(L2T) L2T  
11-14 female
12-15 male
Train to Train(T2T) F11, F12, F13, F14
M12, M13, M14, M15
Competitive for Life (C4L)
C4L Open
C4L Masters 30+, 35+, 40+,
45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+,
70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+
Senior (23+)
Special Olympics C4L Special Olympics*
(any age)
Any Age Fit for Life (recreational)

The British Columbia Speed Skating Association gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.