International Resources


Mariposa welcomes skaters from all over the world at all levels. To date we have been host to skaters from over 22 countries. International skaters have unique requirements and we will do our best to accommodate those needs. Please do not hesitate to contact our office or our coaches to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.

Facility Information

Allandale Recreation Centre Barrie Ontario

  • 190 Bayview Drive
  • Red Rink: North American 190×85 ft.
  • Blue Rink: Olympic 200×100 ft.

Proper Skating Attire must be worn at all times, on ice and off the ice. Any breach of conduct or failure to comply with school rules will be severely dealt with.

Sports Therapy

At Mariposa School of Skating we have access to a number of sports related therapy clinics.

  • Athletes Choice: Scott Grisewood 705-726-0030
  • Barrie Sports Medicine: 705-734-3340
  • Health Partners Professionals: 705-730-1533
  • Allandale Physiotherapy: Sebastian Asselberg 705-728-7676

Extended health care insurance should be a priority for athletes and is highly recommended. Please be sure to purchase from your home country.

Short Term Accommodations

These local hotels and resorts offer special rates for skaters and their families. Be sure to ask for Mariposa School of Skating Rates!

  • Days Inn Barrie 1-705-733-8989 or 1-866-335-8989
  • Georgian Summer Suites 1-705-722-5190
  • Hampton Inn & Suites 1-705-719-9666 or 1-866-613-0066
  • Holiday Inn 1-705-728-6191 or 1-877-728-6191

Long Term Accomodations

At Mariposa we will make arrangements for International students to lodge with host families during their stay. There are opportunities for families coming with skaters to rent apartments and houses during your stay. For those types of arrangements please contact us directly. info@skatemariposa.com

Education

Mariposa School of Skating along with Innisdale Secondary School, offer a Co-operative Education program for high performance figure skaters. The purpose of this program is to offer a secondary school program designed to meet the academic needs of school-aged athletes. International Students are subject to rules set forth by the Simcoe County District School Board. Simcoe County District School Board Homepage There are also private schools available in our area:

About Barrie

Simcoe County’s own City of Barrie continues to be one of Canada’s fastest growing and dynamic cities. An expansive beach-lined waterfront overlooking Kempenfelt Bay, numerous restaurants and exciting nightlife only begin to cover what Barrie has to offer – and that’s only within the city! Barrie is located at the heart of it all, central to Toronto, cottage-country, unbeatable skiing and picturesque wilderness, and a half hour from some of Ontario’s most sought-after destinations. Experience our historic downtown, relax in one of our many beautiful parks and indulge in any of our exciting events and you’ll see what everyone else has been talking about! Visit Tourism Barrie The nearest airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport YYZ – 1 hour south of Barrie. The City of Barrie is approximately:

  • 2.5 hours from Niagara Falls – www.niagarafallstourism.com
  • 1 hour from Muskoka – www.discovermuskoka.ca
  • 2 hours from Algonquin Park – www.algonquinpark.on.ca
  • 2 hours from Haliburton – www.experiencehaliburton.com

Charity

Over the years, Mariposa has raised over a million dollars for local charities. Currently, we are preparing for our 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Innisbrook Golf Club. Proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County to support local programs and services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.