Although few of us can attempt the triple axel, it’s still fun to glide across the slippery icy surface with friends and loved ones. Have a little fun outdoors! Lace up your skates, sharpen your blades and head to these majestic skating spots this winter.

The Bentway Skate Trail | 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON

Located beneath the Gardner Expressway, you may skate the long 220-metre figure-eight trail. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for the night! Brave the elements with snuggly blankets, warm drinks, warming lounges, and fire pits. The vacant space was converted a few years ago and Torontonians have been loving it ever since.

Visit: https://www.thebentway.ca/

 

Nathan Phillips Square | 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

One of the busier skating rinks, it’s a natural tourist attraction being in such close proximity to the Eaton’s Centre. Highly equipped with skate rentals, change rooms, stunning lights and just steps from food trucks. Enjoy a view of the city hall with crowds of fellow Torontonians this winter!

Visit: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1089/index.html

 

Colonel Samuel Smith Park | 145 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto ON

For those with their own skating gear, head down to this scenic skating trail in the Lakeshore and Kipling area. A beautifully large figure-eight path with free admission and parking. It’s a naturally spectacular setting; home to birds, trees, and other wildlife.

Visit: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/466/index.html

 

Mattamy Athletic Centre | 50 Carlton Street, Toronto ON

Skate like a Maple Leaf pro at the old Maple Leaf Gardens! On February 17, 2020, bring your family and friends for a free community skate from 11am to 1pm on Mattamy Homes Home Ice. Alternatively, if you are in the mood for a little pickup hockey, they host shinny sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 14th to March 31st.

Visit: https://www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca/open-times-shinny-schedule

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