Sledding and Tobogganing Safety Tips

COVID-19 Update for September 4, 2020 : Pools, Arenas and Fitness Centres

As Stage 3 of the Province’s COVID-19 restart plan continues to move forward, the City of Greater Sudbury has developed plans for the safe reopening of municipal pools and fitness centres.


The schedule for reopening municipal public pools is as follows:

  • Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre pool will reopen to the public on September 8
  • Nickel District will reopen September 10
  • R.G. Dow and Onaping will reopen September 14
  • Due to a mechanical issue, Gatchell is expected to open later in September. An exact date will be provided in the coming weeks. 

For more information about Pool reopenings, please visit the Pools page.

Fitness Centres

Work is also underway to prepare the City’s five fitness centres to open beginning September 8.

Regular updates and information on safety protocols for the various facilities will be posted to

For more information about Fitness Centre reopenings, please visit the Fitness Centres page.


To help accommodate demand for summer and early fall ice use, the current schedule for reopening arenas is as follows:

  • T.M. Davies Community Centre and Arena and Garson Community Centre will reopen September 7
  • Raymond Plourde Arena will reopen September 14
  • Chelmsford Arena will reopen September 21. 

Residents are asked to visit and use the online ice reservation system to book ice time at either of these arenas or at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, which reopened August 11. 

For more information about Arena reopenings, please visit the Arenas page.


  • Ensure the hill is free of hazards – trees, rocks, bumps, fences and bare spots. Avoid ice-covered areas.
  • Ensure the hill is away from roads, rivers or railroads and that there is plenty of room to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  • Look for a hill which is not too steep (less than 30 degrees is recommended for children) and has a long, clear runoff area.
  • Inspect the toboggan to ensure it is in good condition.
  • Use only proper sliding equipment with good brakes and steering. Inner tubes and plastic discs are not recommended because they are difficult to control.
  • Many tobogganing injuries are cold-related, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Heat loss is particularly significant in children under age three because their heads account for a larger proportion of their overall body size. Children should be dressed warmly in layers.
  • After tobogganing, children should get out of wet clothes and boots quickly to prevent frostbite.
  • Young children should always be supervised by an adult. They should never toboggan alone.
  • The safest position to be in while tobogganing is kneeling. Sliding on your stomach, headfirst, offers the least protection from a head injury. Laying flat on the back increases the risk of injuring the spine or spinal cord.
  • Look out for the other guy – move quickly to the side and walk up and away from the sliding path after finishing a run.
  • Children should not toboggan at night.
  • Head injuries while sledding can be serious. A ski helmet is recommended, because they are designed for use in cold weather and for similar falls and speeds.

Source: Parachute Canada, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. For more information, please visit

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