Skate exchange

Do you have extra skates or need skates? If so, check out our Skate Exchange program.

The Skate Exchange program can provide you, a friend, or family member with a free pair of skates in order to have fun and get active this winter.

What is the Skate Exchange?

The Skate Exchange is a successful community partner program established in 2002. Each year the public can drop off their gently-used skates at designated areas throughout the community. Skate Exchange Committee partners and volunteers redistribute the collected skates free of charge on specific skate exchange days to families, children, youth and community agencies. You do not have to donate a pair of skates in order to pick a pair up.

Where to pick up skates

Skate Exchange events
Espanola area
Sudbury East area

Skate Exchange events

Skates are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sizes and quantities vary.

The Skate Exchange may be cancelled, with a minimum of twelve hours’ notice, if there is a severe winter storm, or if temperatures of -20oC or colder are forecasted for the day of the event. Cancellation information will be posted on the City of Greater Sudbury Facebook page as well as Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Facebook page and Twitter account.

 Espanola Area

Sudbury East area

Where to donate skates

Donate skates at these participating locations.

Report: A Skate Exchange Story

In 2010, the Skate Exchange Committee created a report on the Skate Exchange Partnership Program. The report outlines the lessons learned by the Skate Exchange Committee throughout the years of organizing and delivering the Skate Exchange program. The report also includes the primary steps necessary in to successfully deliver a Skate Exchange program.

If you’re interested in starting a Skate Exchange program in your community, and would like more information or a copy of the report, please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 257.

Proud Skate Exchange Committee partners:


This item was last modified on November 7, 2018