You can skate for FREE below the Gardiner Expressway this winter

Jan 4 2019, 1:20 am

Winter is here and that means ice skating.

And while the city is home to a number of outdoor rinks, the Bentway’s figure-eight skate trail located beneath the Gardiner Expressway is definitely a must-visit this winter.

And while skates can cost you up to $10 for a two-hour rental, visitors can now try the trail for FREE on Thursday nights this winter.

If you don’t have skates and want to give it a try, there are free skate rentals available on Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm courtesy of Billy Bishop Airport.

There are also free drop-in skating lessons from 6 pm to 8 pm courtesy of The West Toronto Skating Club. Free skate rentals and lessons run every Thursday until February 14.

Additionally, skaters over 19-years-old can attend Après Skate Saturdays, presented by Kahlúa where skaters can enjoy complimentary samples with coffee or hot chocolate on Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm. Après Skate Saturdays run every Saturday until February 16.

If you didn’t lace up and hit the trail last winter, the Bentway Skate Trail is a 220-metre long figure eight loop, giving Torontonians the opportunity to explore the once vacant and forgotten space from a whole new perspective.

Besides just skate rentals and skating lessons, there are also “curated” food and beverage options on select dates, and an expanded winter village full of snuggly blankets, warming lounges and fire pits.

Final Weekend

The Bentway Skate Trail

Address: 250 Fort York Blvd.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5 pm to 9 pm; Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 9 pm

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