7 of the best skating paths and trails in and around Toronto

Nov 28 2020, 7:05 am

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Skating season is upon us. There are so many great outdoor spots to go for a skate in Toronto, but if you find public skating rinks too crowded, you might want to consider other spots for your outdoor activities this winter.

So get ready to lace up your skates and head to one of these magical skating trails and paths in and around Toronto this winter.

Be sure to stay safe by keeping distance between you and others, and wear a mask in public at all times.

Barbara Ann Scott Skating Trail

A five-metre-wide trail that loops through College Park, it is the first exterior skating path in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art carbon dioxide technology in its refrigeration system.

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Status: Opens on November 28
Address: 444 Yonge Street

Greenwood Park

This park is home to both a skating trail and a covered outdoor rink, so you’ll have options when you show up for a skate!

Greenwood Park/ City of Toronto

Status: Opens on November 28
Address:
 150 Greenwood Park

Colonel Samuel Smith Park

This skating path is actually the shape of a figure-eight and gives skaters great scenic views! This rink is unsupervised, so skaters will need to bring their own skates and helmets if they want to hit the ice.

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Colonel Samuel Smith Park/City for Toronto

Status: Opens on November 28
Address:
 145 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Dieppe Park

This skating trail also has an outdoor rink nearby! Stop by for a casual skate or a game of shinny!

Dieppe Park/City of Toronto

Status: Opens November 28
Address: 455 Cosburn Avenue

Arrowhead Provincial Park

The Arrowhead ice skating trail is a meandering pathway through the forest that stretches for 1.3 km. With stunning outdoor views – it’s definitely worth the trip up north!

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Status: Will open late December/early January, weather permitting
Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh Skating Trail

Johnston’s Cranberry facility features a gorgeous 1.2 km skating loop that cuts through 12 acres of cranberry marshes. With a lush forest on one side and cranberry beds on the other, this will be an unforgettable experience.

 

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Status: Will open late December, weather permitting
Address: 1074 Cranberry Road, Bala

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

This 400-metre trail winds through the provincial park’s picturesque snow-covered trees. Every night until 10 pm, overhead trail lights will be turned on so you can skate under the stars!

Status: Will open in December, weather permitting
Address: 1593 Bruce Road 33

Note: While local parks, some shops, and distanced events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-foot physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask.

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