10 Spots To Skate For Free In Toronto

‘Tis the season to frolic in the rinks while ice skating. StyleDemocracy gives you a list of places to go ice skating this holiday season.

It’s November and the snow has already started, which means it’s finally time for winter activities. ‘Tis the season for ice skating and drinking a few glasses of mulled wine. We’ve rounded up our ten favourite free places to get our skate on in Toronto to help narrow down your options. Bundle up, grab your friends or significant other, and visit one or all of these picturesque rinks. Winter has almost arrived, so we might as well suck it up and embrace the (below) freezing weather. Now, go practice those triple axels you didn’t master last year.

Nathan Phillips Square – City Hall

 

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A unique fixture in Toronto architecture, Nathan Phillips Square offers exceptional space to skate in the heart of Toronto. Brightly lit and decorated for the holidays, this rink is totally Instagrammable, especially with that world recognized “Toronto” sign. Skate rentals are $10 per adult for 2 hours and $5 for children 12 and under. Snacks and washrooms are located on site.

Where: 100 Queen St. West
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

Harbourfront Natrel Rink

 

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Arguably one the best skating rinks in Toronto, the Harbourfront Natrel sits on Lake Ontario with views of the water and CN Tower. Skating is completely free, but skate rentals are $10/adult. Hot food and drinks are available rink-side at Boxcar Social, and changing rooms are on site

Where: 235 Queens Quay West
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

High Park

 

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High Park has free ice skating for everyone of all ages, as well as organized games for child hockey. There are separate hours for unsupervised public skating but unfortunately, no skate rentals available.

Where: 1873 Bloor St. West
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

Greenwood Park

 

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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.

Where: 150 Greenwood Ave
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

Colonel Samuel Smith Park

 

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Located along a stretch of wooded shoreline in the Kipling and Lakeshore area (next to the Power House Recreation Centre), this ice skating rink is more of a figure eight trail than it is a rink. There may not be food vendors, change rooms, or skate rentals available on-site, but skating is free!

Where: 3145 Lake Shore Blvd West
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

Christie Pits Park

 

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Located in the city’s west end, free ice skating is available at this public rink 7 days a week. Varying hours for women-only, children-only, all ages, and adult-only skating. There is no skate rental at this rink but there are change rooms.

Where: 750 Bloor St W
Date Opening: November 24th (Check here for hours)

Trinity Bellwoods Park

 

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Another west-end rink, but this one is located north-east of Trinity Bellwoods. Aside from public skating, the rink also offers skating lessons for all ages.

Where: 
790 Queen St West
Date Opening: December 1st (Check here for hours)

Evergreen Brick Works

 

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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. The picturesque outdoor ice skating rink is also covered with a clear roof, allowing light through during the day but shelter from the snow. Skate rentals are available for $5 a pair and they even provide free helmets for skaters 18 and under.

Where: 550 Bayview Ave
Date Opening: December 1st (Check here for hours)

Ontario Place

 

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This synthetic skating rink will be open Friday evenings and all weekend long, with skate rentals available upon request. Explore the Winter Light Exhibition which will have 18 unique exhibits to check out. Cozy up by the bonfire and enjoy delicious food and warm beverages all winter long.

Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Date Opening: November 23rd (Check here for hours)

The Bentway Skating Trail

 

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For the second year in a row, this magical 250-meter skating trail will be open under the Gardiner Expressway. It’s 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.

Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
Date Opening: December 22 (Check here for hours)

 

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