The Bentway Skate Trail

December 21, 2018

February 18, 2019


Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto


Events Description

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street.

The Bentway Skate Trail will reopen on Friday, December 21, 2018, when Toronto can finally ‘Skate the 8 in the Six’ again.

Skate rentals and skating lessons will be offered again this year, there will be curated food and beverage options on select dates, and an expanded winter village full of snuggly blankets, warming lounges, and fire pits.

The fall season public art exhibition, If, But, What If?, will also be extended through winter.

The Bentway was created to bring residents and visitors together in a public space and to connect outdoors year-round.

Last winter, The Bentway’s figure-eight skate trail officially opened on January 6, 2018, in record-breaking temperatures. Over the next seven weeks—one of the coldest winters ever—more than 50,000 visitors made The Bentway Skate Trail Toronto’s coolest ice!

Access to The Bentway is Free and Accessible.


Opening:Friday, December 21, 2018 | 12:00 PM

Winter Season at The Bentway will run from December 21 – mid-March, 2019 (weather permitting).

December 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Operating Hours, Skate Rental, Food & Drink
Sunday-Thursday: 12 Noon-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 12 Noon-10pm

January 7, 2019 – February 18, 2019

Operating Hours & Skate Rental

Monday-Thursday: 5pm-9pm
Friday: 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 12 Noon-10pm

Food & Drink
Friday: 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 12 Noon-10pm
Sunday: 12 Noon-9pm

Special Events:

Opening Day: Friday, December 21 | 12 noon, Free skate rentals all day, from noon to 10pm.

Free Skate Thursdays: Free Skate rentals from 5-9pm and Free drop-in skating lessons courtesy of The West Toronto Skating Club (Kids 6-7pm, Adults 7-8pm).

Après Skate Saturdays | 5:00 PM to 09:00 PM: Skaters 19+ can cozy up with Kahlúa and enjoy complimentary samples with coffee or hot chocolate.

Polar Bear Skate: Sunday, December 30 | 2 PM

Inniskillin Wines Ice Lounge — Sample Ice Wine and Mulled Wine Cocktails: Friday and Sunday nights, between December 21 and January 6.

PA DAY: January 18: 12pm-10pm
February 15: 12pm-10pm

Family Day Extended Hours

February 18: 12pm-9pm


Public space under the Gardiner, stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street.

Paid Parking Available:
– 800 Fleet St.


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