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Toronto is getting its first outdoor summer skating rink

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Ainsley Smith May 04, 2018 12:44 pm 1,461

This summer, Ontario Place is the place to be.

Seriously.

Ontario Place just released its list of summer activities, and its packed with all your favourites including beach volleyball, outdoor ping pong, kayak and canoe rentals, but most importantly, a synthetic skating rink, so you can enjoy the thrill of skating, while taking in the stunning lake and city views all summer long.

The synthetic rink at Ontario Place is Toronto’s only outdoor summer skating rink and will be built from a solid polymer material, therefore it’s not weather dependent.

The rink is located on the Helipad at Ontario Place and will include skate rentals and sharpening facilities.

The rink will open to the public over May Long weekend, and the best part is admission is free.

In addition to the summer skating rink, residents can also look forward to a music series taking place on Thursday evenings in June at Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail.

Here residents can enjoy free concerts featuring emerging artists from Toronto’s multi-cultural music communities.

On Sunday afternoons in July, the park will also host interactive and diverse musical performances.

Throughout the summer, the iconic Cinesphere will screen short, impactful documentaries including The TrolleyUnder the Sea and Aircraft Carrier.

Ontario Place Cinesphere

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Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food options at three snack bars located throughout Ontario Place.

Fork in the Road and The Vista will both be conveniently located along the waterfront trail and the Cinesphere snack bar is located in the lobby of the Cinesphere. All snack bars will offer a variety of light snacks and beverages.

There will also be plenty of water and land activities for guests to enjoy, including:

  • Four sized beach volleyball courts at Echo Beach
  • Outdoor ping pong tables
  • A playground made out of foam blocks for children
  • A giant Connect 4 game
  • Four permanent chess tables located along the water
  • Life size chess
  • Boat rentals, including pedal boats, canoes, rowboats, and kayaks.

Ontario Place is open seven days a week from 5 am to 12 am, and accessing the park is free.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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