‘Tis the season to frolic in the rinks while ice skating. With 50 ice rinks in the city, it can be hard to choose which one to visit. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to help narrow down your options. Bundle up, grab your friends or yourself and visit one or all of these hot (or should we say cold?) spots for some good ol’ winter fun.
Where: 100 Queen St. West
Details: A unique fixture in Toronto architecture, Nathan Phillips Square offers a unique space in the heart of Toronto to ice skate. Brightly lit and decorated for the holidays, this rink is totally Instagrammable, especially with that world recognized “Toronto” sign. Skate rentals operate from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, including all holidays. They are open December 25th and New Year’s Eve when the skate rental office is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Skate rentals are $10 per adult for 2 hours or $5 for children 12 and under. Snacks and washrooms are present on site.
Where: 235 Queens Quay West
Details: Arguably one the best skating rinks in Toronto, the Harbourfront Natrel sits on Lake Ontario with views of the water and CN Tower. To skate is free, skate rentals are $10 per adult, and hot food and drinks are available rink-side at Boxcar Social, with change rooms on site. Best yet, on Saturday nights they offer DJ skate nights. The rink is open 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Friday to Saturday, with special hours for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Where: 1873 Bloor St. West
Details: High Park has free ice skating for everyone of all ages, as well as organized games for child hockey. This rink does not offer skate rentals. Hours for unsupervised public skating, adult only public skating, children skating vary. Check here for full details.
Where: 5100 Yonge St.
Details: Located in North York, Mel Lastman Square offers free skating and has change rooms available. The rink is open to the public for unsupervised skating from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm Mondays to Friday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: 150 Greenwood Ave
Details: Greenwood Park is a nice place for an evening skate in the city’s east end. While the rink is outdoors, it features a covered roof providing some shelter. This park offers skating, hockey skills, and power skating classes for all ages. While no skate rentals are available, the rink is free. Public skating is 9:00 am to 10:00 pm from Monday to Sunday, with varying hours for girls, women, youth, adult, and all ages. Click here for full details.
Where: 3145 Lake Shore Blvd West
Details: Located along a stretch of wooded shoreline in the Kipling and Lakeshore area, this ice skating rink is more of a figure eight trail than it is a rink. There is no food, change rooms, or skate rental available on site but skating is free and is open to the public from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.
Where: 750 Bloor St W, Toronto
Details: Located in the city’s west end, free ice skating is available at this public rink 7 days a week. Hours for women-only, children-only, all ages, and adult-only skating vary. Click here for more information. There is no skate rental at this rink but there are change rooms.
Where: 790 Queen St West
Details: Another west-end rink is located on the north-east of Trinity Bellwoods. Hours for public, all ages skating vary from day-to-day and there are slotted times for hockey, child and youth skating. Click here for full details. Aside from public skating, the rink also offers skating lessons for all ages.
Where: 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto
Details: Evergreen Brick Works offers free public skating and skating lessons for all ages throughout the week with a rink that surrounds a small garden of evergreen trees. When the sun sets, twinkling lights come on which adds to the ambiance. The rink is also covered with a clear roof allowing light through during the day. The rink is open Monday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Skate rental is available for $5 a pair and they provide free helmets for skaters 18 and under.
Where: 875 Dufferin Park Ave, Toronto
Details: Dufferin Rink has two skating pads with one side used for leisure skating and the other for organized shinny hockey. There are change rooms and skate rental on site, which is a recommended donation of $2. Helmets are available to rent for free. There are also hockey stick and glove rentals for a recommended donation of $1 each. Don’t forget a piece of government ID, though! They use it as collateral.