Where to Skate this Winter in Toronto

Now that the holidays are over and January has begun, our real Canadian winter will follow as well. But, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you have to spend all your time hibernating indoors.

There is still a plethora of things to do around the city, chief among them being skating. Lucky for you, there are a number of different skating rinks around the city. You could settle on a favourite, or give them all a try.

Here are five rinks for you to check out this winter:

  1. Evergreen Brickworks
    This picturesque open air rink is the perfect place for couples, families and friends to get out and enjoy some light exercise. The rink itself is dotted with snow covered evergreen trees and has twinkle light that come on at night making for the perfect atmosphere. You can bring your own skates, or rent a pair at the rink. This time of year, the rink is only open from Friday – Sunday, but that still leaves you plenty of time to get a good skate in. No need to worry about an admission fee though – the rink is free!

    Photo Credit: http://citynoise.org.uk/article/11320/in/toronto@on

  2. Nathan Philips Square
    Now that this rink has the Toronto sign, it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.  Get a shot with the sign while you skate around. This rink is a good size and has arches of light that both light the rink and add to the ambiance. The rink is open all days of the week and is also free! The rink is well maintained with a zamboni that cleans the ice. They also offer skate rentals and have a snack bar for those who’ve worked up an appetite from their skate around the rink.

    Photo Credit: http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1089/

    Photo Credit: http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1089/

  3. Ryerson Rink
    This rink is a bit more out of the way and smaller than Nathan Philips Square. However, the more tucked away location and boulders strewn about the ice make it an enchanting spot for a skate. You’ll have to bring your own skates to this rink, but thankfully the rink is still free to the public. It is a much quieter rink than any others on this list though, so if you’re just learning, this could be the ideal place for you!
  4. Natrel Rink – Harbourfront Centre
    Located down by the water, this outdoor rink is a great central spot for skating. Like most other rinks, they offer skate rentals just in case you don’t have a pair of your own. The rinks close proximity to a number of other attractions make it a great spot to stop for a quick skate during a day in downtown Toronto. If you’re feeling hungry or in need of a drink after your skate, Boxcar Social is located right next to the rink.

    Photo Credit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rshlyd9vrbornhk/Screenshot%202017-01-04%2014.21.18.png?dl=0

    Photo Credit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rshlyd9vrbornhk/Screenshot%202017-01-04%2014.21.18.png?dl=0

  5. Harry Gairey Rink
    This large outdoor rink is located over on the west side in Alexandra Park (Bathurst and Dundas). Unlike the other rinks on this list, there are actually boards all around the perimeter of the rink, which can make stopping on ice easier for small skaters. The rink offers pick up hockey, is well maintained daily by a zamboni, and has attendants that work at the rink to help skaters with any issues.

Have you ever been to any of these rinks? Which one is your favourite?

 

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