10 of the best skating rinks and trails in Toronto

Nov 28 2016, 8:30 am

Well, it’s officially time to dust off your old skates and hit your nearest rink – skating season has arrived.

This winter, there will be 48 skating rinks open in the Greater Toronto Area, so regardless of where you live there there’s a rink or two near by.

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Currently, there are as many as 30 outdoor skating rinks open across the city and many more are expected to open by December 3rd as temperatures begin to drop.

Here are our top 10 rinks:

Nathan Phillips Square

This winter, Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed into a whimsical European Christmas market and getting to skate amidst the decorations is just an added bonus. The skating rink is open until 10 pm every night this winter.

Status: Now Open
Where: 100 Queen Street West

Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

Ice skating by the lake. #harbourfrontcentre #iceskating #cntower #toronto #city #nofilter

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Queen’s Quay is easily one of the most beautiful parts of the city, and skating with a view of the lake and the city skyline is a great way to spend a winter day. Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink offers DJ Skate Nights on Saturdays, and admission is free.

Status: Now Open
Where: 235 Queens Quay West             

Evergreen Brick Works Skating Trail

Afternoon on Ice 🏂 // 02.27.16// @evergreencanada @evergreen_brick_works

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This outdoor rink is surrounded by lush greenery and is truly an escape from the chaos of the city. When the sun goes down the twinkling lights come on, you’ll surely be in for a skate to remember. This skating trail is family friendly and open on weekends.

Status: Opening December 10
Where: 550 Bayview Ave

Mel Lastman Square

Signs of winter. The skating rink is open at Mel Lastman Square #Toronto #NorthofBloor #NorthYork

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For those living in the North York area who don’t want to trek all the way downtown to get their skate on, Mel Lastman Square is the perfect outdoor alternative. Keep in mind that the rink is unsupervised so skaters will need to bring their own skates.

Status: Now Open
Where: 5100 Yonge Street

Greenwood Park

For those interested in playing a game of shinny, look no further than Greenwood Park. This large rink is actually the City’s first covered outdoor ice rink. There is also a ice skating trail located beside the ice rink for those who want to skate at their own pace.
Status: Now Open
150 Greenwood Park

Colonel Samuel Smith Park

First skate of the season

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This stunning Lakeshore skating path is actually made in the shape of a large figure-eight and provides skaters with plenty of scenic views. This rink is unsupervised so skaters will need to bring their own gear.

Status: Now Open
 145 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Sherbourne Common


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This waterfront skating rink is a nice escape from the downtown core and provides skaters with pristine cityscape views. For those looking for a rink that’s not as busy as Nathan Phillips Square, this is a great alternative.

Status: Now Open
Where: 61 Dockside Drive

Trinity Bellwoods Park

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Toronto’s favourite hipster park is still a hotspot, even in the winter months. The park’s outdoor rink is great for a game of pick-up puck or for those looking to unwind with an evening skate. Just make sure to check the rink’s info page to see what days feature public skating or hockey.

Status: Now Open
Where: 790 Queen Street West

Dufferin Grove Park Rink

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This Bloorcourt comes equipped with two side-by-side skating rinks. This is great for those who want to play a game of puck followed by a leisure skate. Their rink schedule features something for everyone, with hockey available for beginners to adults.

Status:  Now Open
Where: 875 Dufferin Street

Regent Park South

First shinny day of the year!!! #shinny #letsshinny #letshockey #hockey #icehockey #regentparksouth

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This Corktown rink is equipped with great overhead lights for those looking to end their day with an evening skate. There’s both public skating and pickup for all skill levels with skate times available for beginners, youth, and adults.

Status: Now Open
480 Shuter Street

These are the nearly 40 remaining Toronto rinks to check out this winter:

– Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey
– Broadlands CC
–Buttonwood Park
– Campbell Avenue Playground
– Cedarvale Park
– Christie Pits
– Dieppe Park
– Giovanni Caboto
– Glen Long CC
– High Park
– Hodgson Public School Grounds
– Humber Valley Rink
– Irving W Chapley CC
– Jimmie Simpson Park
– Joseph Bannon Park
– Kew Gardens
– Lambton-Kingsway Rink
– Ledbury Park
– McCowan District Park
– Monarch Park
– North Toronto Memorial CRC/Eglinton Park
– Otter Creek Centre
– Ramsden Park
– Rennie Park
– Rivercrest Rink
– Rosedale Park
– Royalcrest Rink
– Ryerson Community Park
– Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell Square
– Sir Adam Beck Rink
– Sunnydale Acres Rink
– Van Horne Park/Pleasantview Rink
– Wallace Emerson Park
– West Deane Park/Martingrove
– West Mall Rink
– Westgrove Rink
– Westway Outdoor Rink
– Withrow Park

A full list of rink statuses and rink information, updated by the City of Toronto, can be found here.

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