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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 sharpening


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 01 2020 to May 21 2021

Day Ice 2020/2021

Mariposa School of Skating has Day Time “Ticket Ice” available for skaters September – June. We operate Monday to Friday 6:30am – 3:30pm. Monthly, weekly, daily and session rates are available for skaters. Typically Elementary pass suits skaters currently in elementary school.  Monthly pass suits skaters in high school, Weekly pass suits skaters travelling to Barrie to train for a week or two. Ten Pass suits skaters skating once or twice per week.  Please reach out to your coach to see what pass best suits your skating needs.
  Mariposa Code of Conduct and Expectations As a member of Mariposa School of Skating, there is an expectation to represent our organization in a respectful and responsible manner. When at practice, functions, competitions, exhibitions, it is of the utmost importance that Parents, Skaters, Coaches, Team managers, and supporters affiliated with Mariposa School of skating adhere to the following expectations; • Always behave in a professional and courteous manner • Arrive on time and be prepared • Follow the expectations and requests of your coaches • Be respectful to other parents, skaters, coaches competitors, officials, and volunteers • Do not negatively comment on other competitors, judges, marks or placements. • Abide by Skate Canada's Code of Ethics, and Skate Canada's Parent Code of Conduct • Refrain from using profanity • Skaters must look presentable and if required, wear Mariposa apparel. • On training sessions skaters will maintain a high level of respect, professionalism and training intensity.  
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Sep 14 2020 to Oct 05 2020

2020-2021 Team Mariposa Tryouts

Team Mariposa is currently seeking skaters for our 2020-2021 synchronized skating teams.  New and returning synchro skaters, age 5 to 18, are invited to sign up for one of two tryout sessions fielding teams in the Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile and Pre-Novice categories.  Come be a part of our FUN and growing synchronized skating program with opportunities to compete at a Provincial level.  No synchro experience necessary. Juvenile & Pre-Novice September 14th- 4:00-5:00pm September 28th - 4:00-5:00pm October 13th -…
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Sep 14 2020 to Oct 15 2020

Fall Power Skating 2020

  • Program runs for 5 weeks
  • Program runs 2 days a week
  • All skaters must pre-register for each class online and check-in in person.
  • All sessions max 23 skaters
  • all sessions will be divided into groups according to the skaters level.
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Sep 15 2020 to Oct 15 2020

Fall 2020 Edge and Balance

**currently there are only two spots availabLe for this program on Tuesday October 13th** **NEW Edge & Balance "Plus" Series Our new Edge And Balance "PLUS" Series is the best way for players to address areas of their skating they need to improve on. Rather than trying to work on a little bit of everything the player can now narrow their focus for a five session package to one specific area. There are 5 different areas of focus in the…
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Sep 22 2020 to Oct 15 2020

Fall 2020 Starskate 5-10

  • Skaters will  have passed a STAR 4 Skating Test.
  • Session time allows for practice of Freeskate, Skills, Interpretive and Dance
  • Please be sure you have renewed your skate Canada number with your club
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Sep 23 2020 to Oct 14 2020

Fall 2020 Skating Skill Program

New Program This program gives skaters the opportunity to develop their skating skills during the fall season. This program is taught by Mitchell Islam  Star 1- 10 and adult skaters welcome 4:00-4:50pm Wednesdays: September 23-October 14th, 2020 Allandale Recreation Centre Skate Ontario Waiver  
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Sep 30 2020 to Oct 01 2020

Edge and Balance Coaches Training September 30th 2020

Program overview This program is an on ice session for hockey/ringette coaches that are interested in learning how to implement skating foundation training into their practices. Exercises and concepts that will be presented and explained are based around detailed repetitions and progressions that will allow players to build on a solid foundation of basic skating skills at all levels.  This program has been developed by Paul Matheson. Cost $20.00   All skaters must have a signed Skate Ontario Waiver    
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I have been bringing skaters to the Mariposa Seminar for 18 years. Every year is a fabulous experience for both my skaters as well as myself. It never ceases to amaze me how professional everyone is and how willing this team of coaches is to share information to both the skaters as well as the coaches at the seminar.
— Charleen Cameron, St. Margarets Bay Skating Club —