Skip to main content

What's New

View All News

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

Jun 22 2020 to Jun 26 2020

44th Annual Seminar

EARLY BIRD $425 + hst

Before March 1st 2020 (full payment required prior to March 1st)

March 1st $475 + HST

Space is limited and on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Full payment is required to hold your spot.

NEW THIS YEAR! club initiative

When a club sends 5 skaters to the seminar- they can send 2 coaches FOR FREE! The Mariposa Seminar is an informative and motivational week for coaches and skaters to learn new techniques or train existing ones.  The seminar runs daily 8am-5pm  with on and off ice classes.  Each day is a different lesson for the skaters and coaches as well as the opportunity to mingle and interact with participating skaters and coaches. Daily group lessons cover:
  • Jump and Spin Technique
  • Edge, Turn and Artistic Classes
  • Ballet, Dance, Flexibility and Strength
  • Off ice Jump class
  • Lecture series
Daily group lessons cover dynamic warm-up, jumps, spins and edges while choreography, ballet, flexibility and strength classes are rotated throughout the week to enhance your skater's training. (Video recording of the sessions is permitted) Additionally, there is extra ice that you can purchase if your skater would like to practice what they have learned during the day. While there are no group lessons during this extra time, some Mariposa coaches may be available for private lessons. For lessons please contact the coaches directly. (see coaches tab)

Sample Schedule: Seminar group names are named after our World and Olympic skaters.  Those skaters are not here to teach. 

Register Now
Mar 21 2020 to May 10 2020

CanSkate Private Lessons

Canskate Private Lessons are designed to help skaters reach their goals by giving skaters personal attention in conjunction with the group instruction already provided. This program has limited enrollment. Our coaches at the Mariposa School of Skating are National Coach Certified level 1-5 and work with skaters from beginner to World and Olympic level. Lessons through this program are 15 minutes in duration and will be taught by a variety coaches set up by our Co-ordinator to help your skater…

Register Now
Mar 16 2020 to Mar 20 2020

Hockey March Break Camp 2020

The Mariposa Hockey Camp offers training on and off ice for accelerated hockey development.

Activities vary from
  • Paul Matheson's Edge & Balance
  • Scott Grover's Power Skating
  • Swimming
  • Dryland
 

Register Now
Mar 16 2020 to Mar 20 2020

Figure Skating & Canskate March Break Camp 2020

The Mariposa March Break Camp, is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi-sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches. This camp is for CanSkaters, Hockey players and Figure Skaters. Hosted at the Allandale Recreation Centre, a state of the art facility which offers a multitude of recreation and training services.   Daily activities vary from Swimming, TRX, Yoga, Pilates, and Mini Trampoline. Skating skills and group lessons every day. Spend your March Break improving your skating while learning valuable Physical development on land, water and ICE! 6 years old and up.    

Register Now
Mar 06 2020 to Mar 07 2020

Figure Skating, Hockey & Canskate PA Day Camp – March 6

The Mariposa PA Day Camp, is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi-sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches. This camp is for CanSkaters and Figure Skaters.    

Register Now
Jan 24 2020 to Jan 25 2020

Figure Skating & Canskate PA Day Camp – January 24

The Mariposa PA Day Camp, is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi-sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches. This camp is for CanSkaters and Figure Skaters.    

Register Now
Jan 24 2020 to Jan 25 2020

Hockey Camp – January 24

The Mariposa Hockey Camp offers training on and off ice for accelerated hockey development.  Programs designed by Paul Matheson and Scott Grover.    

Register Now
Sep 03 2019 to Dec 31 2019

Day Ice

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. All Monthly, Elementary Part Time, Weekly, and Daily passes include unlimited ice and off-ice programming.  

Register Now
Aug 01 2019 to Aug 31 2020

Skate Canada Membership 2019-2020

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

Register Now

Have more questions? Just ask us!

Contact Us
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 —