The Coolest Places to Skate in Toronto

Who says rinks have to be a boring rectangle?

It’s that time of year again – when the ground freezes over, and “Netflix and Chill” takes on a very literal meaning. But, if you’re looking to do something more outdoorsy, look no further. We’ve done all of the heavy lifting (you’re welcome) and found the most unique places to go outdoor skating in Toronto.
 

BRICK WORKS SKATING TRAIL / EVERGREEN RINK

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Intimately nestled in Toronto’s snowy Don Valley, take a glide on the outdoor ice and wind your way past the gardens, snow covered trees and twinkling lights as you enjoy the fresh air and view under the exposed-beam roof. Opens December 6.
 

COLONEL SAM SMITH SKATING TRAIL

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(Photo by: The City of Toronto via Flickr)

This figure-8 skating trail sits right next to a historic building in the Colonel Samuel Park. You might be skating with ghosts though – the psychiatric-facility-turned-Humber-College buildings across from the arena, rumour has it, are haunted. Admission is free and parking is free on the weekends.
 

THE SKATING OVAL AT SHOPS AT DON MILLS

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(Photo by: jp1958 via Flickr)

The Shops at Don Mills combines two great activities: skating and shopping. They have an outdoor mall reminiscent of The Grove in Los Angeles’ (no complaints here), and installed a skating oval in the middle that is open during mall hours. The oval is free, and the shopping is encouraged.
 

NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE

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(Photo by: Sam Javanrouh via Flickr)

This square is used for pretty much every major event in the city, from Nuit Blanche to Remembrance Day ceremonies, but in the winter skaters take over. Admission to the rink with the City Hall view is free, and parking is right underground (not free). But, everyone knows about this city treasure, so be prepared for crowds.
 

Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

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Queen’s Quay Terminal is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, and skating with a view of the lake is a great way to spend a day. Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink offers DJ Skate Nights on Saturdays, and admission is free. There is also on-site hot chocolate. Mmmmmm.
 

GREENWOOD ARENA

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(Photo by: The Ashbridges Neighbourhood)

Newly rebuilt Greenwood Arena has two rinks – one for skating and one for hockey. Both have roofs, and draw pretty decent crowds. Greenwood is Toronto’s first outdoor covered skating rink, so it can stay open longer than most places.
 

Honourable Mention: ICE TRAIL AT ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK

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Huntsville is quite a distance away, but the 1.5km skate path is definitely worth the drive to the East River campground. Skaters can book campsites for afternoon campfires and rentals are also available. Sounds like the Canadian dream to us.