The Minto Skating Club is one of the oldest skating clubs in Canada. It was founded in 1904 by the Governor General, the Earl of Minto, and the Countess of Minto. The Earl’s coronet appears in the Club crest.
Over the years, the Minto Skating Club has played a large part in the development of Canadian figure skating. The Club recognized early the need to train up-and-coming skaters and to encourage juniors. For more than 100 years, Minto has been home to generations of top competitors, including Melville Rogers, Barbara Ann Scott, Don Jackson, Lynn Nightingale, Kim Alletson, Gordon Forbes, Paul and Isabel Duchesnay, and Michel Brunet and Chantal Lefebvre.
Today the Club runs a full program of figure skating instruction, ranging from the CanSkate learn-to-skate program to coaching of members of the Canadian National Team. The Club is fortunate to have as Executive Director of Skating Don Jackson, 1962 World Champion, 1960 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and the first skater ever to land a triple Lutz in competition — a feat that was not duplicated for 12 years. Don also coaches at the Club and helps to run the CanSkate program.