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. Especially with the pandemic, it can be tough to find things that make you get up and go outside.

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. Check out some of the coolest places to skate in the city below, and make sure to reserve your skate time through Toronto.ca website.

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COLONEL SAM SMITH SKATING TRAIL

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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.
 

NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE

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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 cautious of crowds.

GREENWOOD ARENA

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The newly rebuilt Greenwood Arena has two rinks – one for skating and a covered one for hockey. The change facilities are excellent as well. Greenwood is Toronto’s first outdoor covered skating rink, so it can stay open longer than most places.
 

SHERBOURNE COMMON

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Though this rink may appear small at first glance, Sherbourne Common offers stunning views of the city that make it a worthwhile visit. It’s also artificially controlled, with pipes underneath to keep the ice cold, meaning you might be able to enjoy the rink past the usual outdoor skating rink season.
 

Honourable Mention: ICE TRAIL AT ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK

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Huntsville is quite a distance away, but this 1.5km skate path is definitely worth the visit if you’re in the area. Skaters can book campsites for afternoon campfires and rentals are available. Sounds like the Canadian dream to us.