Are you building a backyard rink this winter?

  • Fred Fizet's cool backyard rink in Baie D'Urfe.
    Fred Fizet's cool backyard rink in Baie D'Urfe.
    Photo credit: John Mahoney, GAZETTE

Are you planning to build a backyard rink this winter?

A friend of mine informs me he’s already gearing up for the 2012-13 backyard season – with or without the NHL.

That means the mini-boards will soon be soon going up, if they haven’t already, and once the temperature slips below 10 degrees Celsius at night, the conditions become ideal for ice-making.

It seems like a fair bit of work, but it’s a labour of love for those who make it an annual affair. Back-yard barons take great satisfaction in the joys of shinny and skating.

Keep in mind, no amount of hard work can compensate for cooperative weather.

Cold nights produce the best ice. Mother Nature, not Gary Bettman, rules.

Some enthusiasts start laying the rink foundations – liner tarp and mini-boards – in the fall, with hopes of skating on a sheet of ice before the snow flies.

Others wait for a big snowfall, then pack it down and begin watering.

Whatever your method, we wish you the best in pursuit of a true Canadian pastime.

Let me know how it goes out back.


  1. Hi John,

    A follow-up article on how to assembly a backyard rink might be a good idea.
    I’ve been wanting to build one for my kids but I have no experience.

  2. I’d love to build a backyard rink in my backyard. Unfortunately, growing up in DDO , we were constantly harassed by public security for playing street hockey in our own cul-de-sac since street hockey is illegal in this town. I’d assume building a backyard rink would violate some type of by-law in my town.

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