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Why Mariposa School of Skating?

Something For All Ages and Levels

The Mariposa School of Skating is a full service training centre that offers top level instruction and programs for every age and level of skater. Our expert staff deliver year round programs that are designed to allow skaters to progress from learning to skate to the elite levels of international competitive skating. We welcome skaters of all ages and skating disciplines from our local area or around the world to train with us for any length of time. Our Internationally renowned school is THE destination for skaters looking to improve their skating!

World-class training facilities

  • Olympic and Standard size ice pad
  • Fully equipped Fitness Room
  • Ballet Studio
  • Classroom
  • Administrative Office
  • Pool for recovery programs
  • High School on location
  • Elementary School within 120 metres
  • on-site skate shaprening

Winning legacy and bright future

Founded in Orillia, Ontario in 1973 by Doug Leigh and Tom Harrison, the school moved to Barrie in 1988 to accommodate the needs of world class skaters while establishing a campus at the Allandale Recreation Centre. Home to National Champions, Olympic medallists and World Champions from around the world, the school has seen success in Singles, Ice Dance and Pairs with champions like Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko, Jeff Buttle, Jennifer Robinson, Jacinthe Lariviere & Lenny Faustino.

David Islam and Paul Matheson became the co-owners in June 2017 to continue the strong legacy that has been built at the Mariposa School of Skating.

Upcoming Programs

Sep 05 2019 to Oct 06 2019

Fall Pre-Canskate 2019

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Taught by NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

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Jul 05 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer 2019 Off-Ice Jumps

This session provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on ice.

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Jul 05 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer Simulation

This session provides an excellent opportunity to perform their programs on clear ice in a "Simulation" format.      

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Jul 03 2019 to Aug 14 2019

Summer PreCan & Canskate 2019

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Taught by NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer School

Skaters and coaches of all levels are welcome to join our International, World, and Olympic coaching staff.  Our summer program includes on and off ice sessions, group lessons and training environment that has been home to Olympic and World medallist’s.

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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 15 2019

Summer 2019 Ballet/Dance

Ballet is an integral part of any skaters’ off-ice program, enhancing balance, flexibility, line and strength. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Allandale Recreation Centre – Studio with Alexandra Paul.

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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer Camp 2019

The Mariposa Summer camp is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches.  Hosted at the Allandale Recreation Centre, a state of the art facility which offers a multitude of recreation and training services.  Spend your summer improving your physical development while learning valuable skills on land, on ice and in water!      

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Apr 08 2019 to May 09 2020

Spring 2019 Off Ice Jumps

Off Ice Jump Class provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on the ice.  Off-Ice jump sessions are scheduled prior to skating sessions to simulate competition warm-up.

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Sep 01 2018 to Aug 31 2019

Skate Canada Membership

Skate Canada Membership for skaters planning to represent the Mariposa School of Skating in the 2018/2019 season.  This fee is non-refundable.

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Amazing coaches. Amazing facility. Always positive. Learning so much everyday!
— Kristen —