10 Places to Go Ice Skating in Toronto
OK, have you noticed the amount of snow we have already? ‘Tis the season for ice skating and drinking (a few glasses) mulled wine. 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 significant other and visit one or all of these hot (or should we say cold?) spots. Winter has arrived, so we might as well suck it up and embrace the freezing weather. Now, go practice those triple axels you didn’t master last year.
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.
Went ice skating with Andrew this afternoon but only lasted about a half an hour. My left skate felt completely off. When i got off the ice, the blade had come off from the boot. Still, those skates lasted almost 20 years so i think its time for a new pair ⛸😂😅 #iceskating #figureskates #greenwoodpark #christmaseve #afternoonskate
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.
So I accidentally took a long break from Instagram over the holidays and it was kind of wonderful 🙈 At first it was a conscious effort to put the phone down because our kids were home from school and friends and family were all around for the holidays and I wanted to give them all of my attention – but then, once I'd broken the habit of picking up my phone every few minutes to mindlessly scroll, I realized how addictive not having it on me was. The pressure to capture the moment is gone and you're left with being in the moment with the people around you and there's just nothing better than good conversation, heartfelt hugs, and actually laughing out loud with people. After an unintentional social media detox I'm starting 2018 feeling so refreshed and so much happier 💛 So where does that leave me? Because you know I also love this little IG community where I've met the most creative and inspiring people. How do we find the right balance so that we can take the positive parts of social media but not get swallowed up in the bad? My personal goal for the year is to try and figure that out. What about you? Who else struggles with finding the right balance? XO
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
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
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.
I’m filing this under “What was I thinking?” Went to check out the Winter Lights. When I arrived it was -15C and the wind was howling in off the lake. But, I had paid for parking so my frugal brain said I had to go on. Inside 15 minutes I couldn’t feel my hands in my gloves and I was questioning my sanity. I took maybe 10 shots and this is the only one that I like. This is the Cinesphere, built in 1971 at Ontario Place. It was the first permanent IMAX theatre. It was outfitted with a new projection system last year and is now a permanent theatre. I should have watched a movie instead of freezing my face off! #ontarioplace #winter #torontophoto #streetsoftoronto #exploretoronto #torontolife #lovetoronto #blogTO #torontoclx #the6ix #torontoclicks #inside_To #narcitytoronto #nowtoronto #ChooseToronto #wonderlusttoronto #dailyhiveto #6ixwalks #curiocityTO #hypetoronto #torontopixel #nightimages #night_shooterz #weownthenight_to #nightTO #goandcapturethelight #rsa_night #addicted_to_nights #pocket_nights
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Details: This synthetic skating rink will be open Friday evenings and all weekend long, with skate rentals available. The Winter Light Exhibition will be open daily and feature the highly anticipated, 12-foot-tall, freestanding icicle silo. Cozy up by the bonfire and enjoy delicious, warm food and beverages during our open hours.
The Bentway Skating Trail
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
Details: For the first time ever, a 250-metre magical skating trail is open under the Gardiner Expressway. Located right near June Callwood Park, east of the Fort York Visitor’s Centre. Rentals may cost you an extra $10.00, but the skating is completely free. Don’t miss out on BEATS AND BENTS Friday Night Skate Parties, featuring one of the hottest DJ’s spinning tunes all night long.
Did we miss any of your favourite skating rinks in Toronto and the GTA?
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