About the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships

All across the nation, on frozen ponds, in community rinks and in state-of-the-art arenas, Canadians are playing our favourite national pastime: HOCKEY. The game is perpetually tied to our sense of what it means to be Canadian and is perhaps our most identifiable icon. For some Canadians, it’s what defines them. They say it’s what binds this country together. We believe there is no better way to celebrate the sport than to play it on the pond!

Some of the team feedback from 2018!

  • The ice was the best it ever was..thanks to the Baffin Ice Crew for making it happen!
  • Loved the Ice Bar and the outdoor fire pits were a great addition.
  • …awesome job and looking forward to 2019. We’ll be back!
  • Great event. Well run – games all on time and great volunteers
  • Continue building an amazing program in Haliburton!

NEW FOR 2019 

Corporate Divisions (Jan 25-27)

Do you work for or own a great company? Looking for a great way to do a little team building, promote your business while having a ton of fun? Consider registering your team for our Women’s and Men’s Corporate Divisions.

  • Your team logo featured on our social media pages (45,000 + post engagements, 29,500+ views of our videos during last year’s event).
  • Your company logo on our website for a period of one year
  • A portion of your team registration will be donated to local food banks and poverty relief agencies.

Co-ed Division (Jan 25-27)

  •  Each co-ed team must have at least three women listed on the team roster. At least ONE female player must be on the ice at all times.

IT World Canada Cup Division (Jan 25-27)

  •  Sponsored by IT World Canada, this tech vs tech division is open to players/teams from the tech world. No robots allowed.


The 2018 Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships

Haliburton, ON. Two Weekends, 10+ divisions of epic Pond!


OPEN WEEKEND January 25-27 2019

Men’s Open Division: Competitive division with a minimum age of 25+
Men’s Rec Division: Competitive but with a bit more emphasis on fun 25+
Men’s Corporate Division: Competitive but with a bit more emphasis on fun 25+.
Women’s Corporate Division: Competitive but with a bit more emphasis on fun 19+
Women’s Open Division: Competitive division with a minimum age of 19 +

Co-ed Division: Competitive but with a bit more emphasis on fun 19+. Min 3 women on the roster.

MASTERS WEEKEND– February 1-3, 2019

Men’s Masters Open Division: Competitive – with the legs moving a bit slower 35+
Men’s Masters Rec Division: Competitive but the focus is on “Where’s the Beer?” 35+
Men’s Grey Beards Division: Slow it down, enjoy the game, pass the Advil 50+
Women’s Masters Division: The ladies play hard and may party harder 35+
Women’s Rec Division: A fun & competitive division 19+


About the Event

  • One of the largest pond Hockey events on the planet!
  • On average, over 300 games are played over the two weekends
  • Teams from 18 US states and over a dozen countries (including Botswana and Japan) have played with us.
  • The CNPHC is followed on social media by people in over 50 different countries.
  • Between 700 – 1000 players will attend the event over two weekends

About the CNPHC Volunteer Team

  • Over 100 volunteers help host the event making it one of the largest volunteer groups in the region.
  • Ice crews spend over three weeks (on average) creating 15 – 18 rinks on 420,000 sq ft of ice.
  • On average, Ice crews will move approximately over 5 million cu ft of snow weighing around 75 million pounds or 38,000 tons.


  • Funds raised through our on line auction and clothing sales will be donated to Heat Bank Haliburton County and Central Food Network – two organizations that assist hundreds of people (35% of cases involve children) each year that are food or heat insecure.
  • The CNPHC bought two trailers that are being loaned to Heat Bank and Central Food Network to move food and wood when we are not using them.

Why Pinestone in Haliburton?

We strategically selected this location for a couple key reasons:

  1. The 14 acre pond in front of the resort is shallow (between 4-9ft deep) meaning it freezes quicker and deeper than most larger bodies of water in cottage country. If there is an ice surface capable of hosting a hard water event like ours (rather than cancelling), it’s here!
  2. The resort and its facilities are very close to the ice surface allowing teams to access the facility without walking a lot.
  3. Our event takes over the whole resort!


The individual wooden trophies we hand out to winning teams are hand made here Haliburton using wood available in our region.

Each one takes over two hours to make.


Host Resort and Venue: Pinestone Resort

4252 County Road 21, Haliburton, ON.
Phone# 705-457-1800, 800- 461-0357
Reservation email: reservations@pinestone-resort.com


“This is Canadiana at its best!”

Players from across the nation and beyond will make the journey this year for a chance to stake claim to pond hockey superiority and hoist the coveted Maple Cup. The CNPHC represents the purest form of the game, taking competitors, volunteers and spectators alike back to the roots of hockey all set amidst the breathtaking northern landscape at our host venue Pinestone Resort. Along with Pinestone and our other sponsors, CNPHC delivers a top-shelf experience both on and off ice. A one-stop-shop for all participants as we transform the resort into Hockey Central for two epic weekends. From the frozen pond to heating it up on the dance floor and everything in between – a weekend at “Pond” creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime…and keep participants coming back each and every year.