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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​​​Recreation

Please register for our programs and day camps a minimum of 2 weeks prior to their start date.  Registration availability may be cut off at any point beyond that time.  Thank you.

Throughout the Township of Essa, residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities including access to neighbourhood and community parks, trails, and rivers.  Recreation in Essa plays a huge part in providing and promoting health in our communities.​

Public Skating

Come out and join us at one of our arenas for public skating.  Public skating is offered at the following locations with the corresponding times:

  • Angus Arena (running from September 20, 2016 to March 31, 2017; excludes December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017)
    Sundays - 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 1:20 p.m.
    Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.
  • Thornton Arena (running from September 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017; excludes December 24 and 31, 2016)
    Tuesdays - 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
    Saturdays - 8:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
  • Parent-Tot Skating (Free Program)
    Angus Recreation Centre - Tuesdays and Fridays - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
    Thornton Recreation Centre
    Mondays - 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (Excludes October 10, December 26, 2016, and February 20 and March 13, 2017)
    Fridays - 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. (Excludes February 3 and March 3, 2017)

As well, our Outdoor Skating Pads offer residents the opportunity of skating in the outdoor environment (weather permitting) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

REVISED Public Skating-Shinny Hockey Schedule (includes regular schedule, as well as school PA day and holiday schedules)

Shinny Hockey - Full Equipment is mandatory

The cost for Shinny Hockey is $5.00 per person. 

  • Angus Recreation Centre - Tuesdays and Fridays
    ADULTS - 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 12:50 p.m.
  • Thornton Recreation Centre - Parent and Child Shinny (AGES 6-15) - Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. (Excludes October 10 & December 26, 2016; February 20 and March 13, 2017)
    ADULTS - Thursdays and Fridays - 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 12:50 p.m.

Outdoor Hockey

Dress yourself warm!  Enjoy playing hockey with family, friends and others in the Outdoor Skating Pads. 

Junior Hockey runs (weather permitting) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, as well on Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Adult Hockey runs (weather permitting) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, as well on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.