"Saint John Skating Club - the first organized skating club in Canada"
The Saint John Skating Club has been instrumental in teaching thousands of people to skate since its inception in 1833. What started on Lily Lake as the first organized skating club in Canada, which has since evolved into the club we have today. We became part of Skate Canada over 60 years ago under the direction of Murray Fraser.
The club has approximately 150 students enrolled in its learn to skate programs annually. Our learn to skate program, called CanSkate, is based on Sport Canada's long term athlete development (LATD) principles and includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringuette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport. In addition to teaching people of all ages how to skate, we have figure skaters who compete provincially and nationally.
Our coaches have over 45 years of combined experience and have won multiple provincial and national awards. Our Head Coach is a member of the National CanSkate Resource team and two of our coaches travel around the province mentoring and helping other clubs improve their current CanSkate program. We are also proud to have on our coaching team the great-granddaughter of our founder, Mr. Fraser.