The sound of blades gliding over the ice, the crisp winter air and a cup of steaming hot chocolate warming your hands.
Ice skating is a fun way to spend time outdoors when it’s cold.
If you’re looking to lace up your skates and get out on the ice this winter, there are plenty of places to go in Toronto.
Here are some of the city’s most popular outdoor rinks and trails. Free entry. Weather permitting, most rinks will be open until March. Skate rental is not available at all rinks, check each rink’s details before you go. Visit the City of Toronto website for a full list of places to skate and other ideas for winter outdoor fun in the city.
• Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West
The Nathan Phillips Square ice rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and you can snap a photo in front of Toronto’s iconic sign while you’re there.
• The Bentway
250, boul. Fort York
The figure-eight rink on the Bentway Skate Trail under the Gardiner Expressway opens Dec. 18 and will be open from noon to 9 p.m. until Jan. 3. pm on weekdays, until February 21.
• Port center
235 Queens Quay W.
There’s a brand new skating rink at the scenic Harbourfront Center this season. You can hit the new ice from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• McCowan District Park
150 McCowan Road
The ice at McCowan District Park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and you can go to the ice rink or the skating rink.
• Dieppe Park
455 Cosburn Ave.
The ice at Dieppe Park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with three different options thanks to a double rink and a skating rink.
• Kew Gardens
2075 Queen Street East
The Kew Gardens ice rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and there’s also an enclosed outdoor fire pit for extra ambience.
• Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street
The ice rink at Mel Lastman Square is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the 20,000 square foot park offering plenty of outdoor space to enjoy during your stay.
• Colonel Samuel Smith Park
3145 Lake Shore Blvd W
The Colonel Samuel Smith Park Skating Rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is located along the scenic, wooded shoreline of Lake Ontario.
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar at toronto.com/events.