Freezing temperatures and chilly winds may well have you running for hibernation beneath a heavy duvet until spring arrives once again but, to take such drastic action would be a shame! Despite it’s ice-cold reputation, the winter season still has plenty of positives…like ice skating! Get active in the city by visiting one of our many skating rinks. Teeter along on steel blades, hanging onto your loved one for support, and when your legs are tired and your bum is numb from all your tumbles, reward yourself with comfort food and a heartwarming glass of red…
Nathan Phillips Square
This rink is to Toronto what the Rockefeller Centre rink is to New York City. Enjoy the perfect Christmas night out against the backdrop of beautiful Christmas lights and a massive tree… oh and Rob Ford making his next headline, if you’re so fortunate.
This city-funded rink features a snack bar and skate rental. All proceeds go back into maintaining the rink including buying firewood for the rink-side, weekend campfires.
The D-Grove doesn’t have just one ice rink but two! One for pleasure skating (perfect for newbies and first dates) and one for shinny (which I have learned is another term for friendly street hockey but on ice, obvs).
This innovative rink uses Green Design, a refrigeration system which cools the surface of the ice while reusing excess heat to warm the Marketplace building next door.
This rink is all about the shinny and the pleasure skating, no pucks or sticks allowed making it risk free for the little ones. Go between 1-3pm on a Sunday and take advantage of a bonfire, hot chocolate and arts and crafts for the kids.
The Natrel rink not only has a beautiful lake view but also comes complete with a heated change room, skate and helmet rental services and hot food and bevvies at the rink side restaurant. Score!
Riverdale Park East
Become part of Toronto history in the park that has been around since the 1800’s. Visited by Kings and Queens, the park is a winter paradise with steep slopes and hills making an excellent spot not only for skating but for tobogganing too!
Brand new to the city, Greenwood Park is Toronto’s first-ever outdoor covered ice rink. Add to that a 215 meter skating path and you’re in for tons of fun in this Winter Wonderland.