2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

Canada's best are coming to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Here is everything you need to know before you get here!

Date: January 8 - 14

Full Schedule of Events: http://bit.ly/2EGFZYP

Box Office Opening Times:​

  • Monday, January 8: 8:00AM - 8:30PM 
  • Tuesday, January 9: 8:00AM - 8:30PM
  • Wednesday, January 10: 8:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday, January 11: 8:00AM - 6:30PM 
  • Friday, January 12th: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday, January 13th: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Sunday, January 14th: 10:45 AM - 4:00PM

Doors Open:

 Session 1  Monday, January 8  6:00 AM
 Session 2  Tuesday, January 9  6:30 AM
 Session 3  Wednesday, January 10  7:15 AM
 Session 4  Thursday, January 11  8:00 AM
 Session 5  Thursday, January 11  5:15 PM
 Session 6  Friday, January 12  6:15 AM
 Session 7  Friday, January 12  1:10 PM
 Session 8  Saturday, January 13  5:45 AM
 Session 9  Saturday, January 13  12:30 PM
 Session 10  Sunday, January 14  10:45 AM



UBC is easily accessed by bus through TransLink. If you are accessing UBC by vehicle, parking is available at Thunderbird Parkade with a flat, daily rate of $15.00.  We encourage guests to purchase a parking permit ahead of time for $10.50 per day or $30.00 for January 10-14 - click here to create a UBC Parking Guest Account.

Guest Information

Thunderbird Arena strives to provide a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience for everyone; therefore, for safety and security reasons, patrons and their belongings may be subject to inspection prior to entering the venue. Please have a look through our Prohibited Items list. For this event, empty, reusuable water bottles are allowed.


Come hungry! Our concessions are the way to go! We serve a variety of options at our concessions which are located throughout the arena. These include traditional offerings from burgers, hotdogs, chicken strips to snacks like jumbo pretzels, popcorn and ice cream sandwiches. We've got a variety of sushi rolls from California Rolls to Philadelphia Rolls. We also offer a number of healthy options like gourmet sandwiches and artisian salads. Coming in early? Grab a coffee and have a fresh breakfast wrap ready to go. As for beverages, we serve draft beer, ciders, and wine at concession stands to go along with bottled water, juice, and soft drinks.

Skate Canada's Camera Policy

At Skate Canada events, spectators are permitted to use small point and shoot cameras for personal use only. The following guidelines will be enforced:
– No flash photography
– No camera bags in venue
– No use of professional cameras and/or detachable lenses
– Camera cannot interfere with other fans’ enjoyment
– Any resale of photography or posting photos on professional websites is strictly prohibited
– Absolutely no video recording is allowed. Only accredited coaches and team managers may be permitted to videotape their own skater/team from rinkside during that skater’s/team’s practice or performance. If athletes wish to obtain a video of their programs, they may purchase a copy from the licensed video distributor on site if applicable.

Spectators not abiding by these restrictions risk having their camera confiscated by venue security staff. Additionally, Skate Canada staff reserves the right to restrict use of other types of cameras should they feel the quality and/or type of camera fail to protect the athletes’ and/or event’s interests.

Event Description
“Vancouver holds a special place in skating fans’ hearts. It is where we saw Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win the first ever Olympic gold for Canada in ice dance and the home province of so many great skaters,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We are thankful for the support of our title partner, Canadian Tire. Their commitment to figure skating in Canada sets our skaters up for success domestically and internationally. We know Vancouver will be a fabulous host for this important championships. The dedication of the community, volunteers, and fans will be critical to the execution of the event and we are looking forward to a very exciting competition in Vancouver next January.”

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

“Figure Skating was extremely successful here when we hosted the 2010 Olympic Games and we are so thrilled to bring another world-class skating competition back to Vancouver,” exclaimed Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver. “We have a rich history of hosting skating events and are sure that the 2018 National Championship will bring together our whole city in celebration once again.”

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

“UBC is thrilled to host the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and we are confident that our 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy venue will be a spectacular theatre to showcase the sport to spectators and fans across the country. It is an honour to host such an vital event in the lead up to the 2018 Olympics, and together with our partners, UBC is ready to welcome Canada’s best athletes, their fans and all visitors to our beautiful city and campus.” – Kavie Toor – Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnerships.

Ticket information for the championships will be available shortly. Register at www.skatecanada.ca for ticket sale notifications.