Sharpen your skates, and checkout some of Ontario’s best ice skating trails this winter.
Outdoor skating rinks are dependent on the ice and weather conditions, so check before travelling.
1. Rideau Canal Skateway
Explore 7.8 kilometers of natural ice surface stretching from the downtown Ottawa to Hartwells Locks.
Date: Open from January 18, 2020.
Even after the skateway’s official opening, whether the skateway is actually open on a particular day, depends on the weather. Last year (2018-19), skateway opened on Dec 30, 2018 and remained opened for a total of 71 days, the number of skating days were 59. In contrast, the total number of operating days in 2015-16 was for just 18 days.
Cost: Free Admission
Address: Downtown Ottawa to Hartwells Locks.
2. RiverOak Skating Trail
Skate through the 3km frozen pathway that winds through old growth apple orchards, and meadows.
There are additional outdoor rinks and guests are allowed to use their sticks and pucks all throughout the trails.
Date: Open, Thursday to Sunday — weather permitting. Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Cost: Adult(16+): $12 + HST
Youth (6-16): $8 + HST
Senior(65+): $8 + HST
Address: RiverOak Estates, 2900 York’s Corners Road, Metcalfe — Ottawa
3. The Township of Laurentian Valley Skating Trail
Located beside the Timberline Snowmobile Club, check out this 1.5 km skating trail through a scenic wooded area.
Date: January until Late March – Weather dependent. (Not open as of Jan 1, 2020. )
Cost: Free Admission
Address: 2 Henan Road, Pembroke
4. Peterborough Lift Lock Skating Trail
Skate under the historic Lift Lock in Peterborough when the Trent-Severn Waterway freezes in winter.
Date: Winter Season, Ice conditions are monitored regularly and a flag indicates the status. (Not open as of Jan 1, 2020).
Address: Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site Visitor Centre, 2155 Ashburnham Dr, Peterborough
You may like:
5. Ontario Speed Skating Oval
This 400-metre track of well-maintained outdoor ice in Lakefield provides you with the opportunity to test your speed skating skills.
Date: Jan to March — Weather Dependent. Check website for current status. (Not open as of Jan 1, 2020).
Address: Near Lakefield High School — Water Tower road, Lakefield.
6. Cranberry Marsh Ice Trail
Skate a fantastic 1.2 kilometre circuitsurrounded by a unique setting: 12 kilometres of cranberries! Stop by the waterfalls and warm up by the fire. Head back to the winery for hot mulled wine or hot cran-apple cider.
Date:Open for 2019 -20 Season. . Weekdays: 11 am to 4:00 pm
Weekends: 10 am to 4:30 pm
open 7 days/week (weather permitting)
Light the Night: Torchlight skating every Saturday night from 6 pm – 9 pm (weather permitting)
Cost: $10 adults
$8 kids 12 & under
Address: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
1074 Cranberry Road, Bala
7. Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail
Enjoy this 1.3 km skating trailthat winds through the Muskoka forest. The trail is lit with hundreds of tiki torches during select nights.
Date: Open for 2019 -20 Season. Hours | 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM Daily
Night skating on select nights – Fire & Ice Nights from Jan 4, 2020.
Cost: Admission to provincial park. Skiing extra.
Address: Arrowhead Provincial Park — 7 km north of Huntsville
8. Discovery Harbour Skate Trail
Lace up your skates and experience the magic of skating along the unique 1.5 km skate trail at Discovery Harbour, nestled along the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay.
Date: Friday January 31 until Sunday March 1, 2020 – Weather Permitting,
Cost: Admission is $8.00 per person. Children 5 and under are FREE
Address: Discovery Harbour, 93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
9. MacGregor Point Ice Skating Trail
Summer campground loop of MacGregor Point Provincial park turns into a 400 metre skating trail in winter. This meandering trail through the trees is lit at night for an enchanting outdoor skate.
Date: Once open Dawn to Dusk. Check status Here. (Not yet open for 2019 – 2020 season as of Jan 1, 2020)
Cost: Provincial Park admission
Address: MacGregor Point Provincial Park, 1593 Bruce Road 33
10. Memorial Park Winter Village Skating Trail
Opened in January 2016, the Memorial Park Winter Village skating trail wraps around the park.
Date:Check facebook for updates. (Not open as of Jan 1, 2020.)
Address: Memorial Park, Manitoba St & Kimberly Ave, Bracebridge
11. Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail
Cruise along this 1 kilometer skating trailthat takes you along along the museum’s heritage buildings and wooded surroundings.
Date: Opening date for 2020 Season– TBA.
Once open: The Skating Trail will be open in the evenings on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Address: 1151 Highway 26, Minesing
12. Bentway Skating Trail
The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. On Thursdays 2018-2019, there will free skate rentals from 5-9pm and free drop-in skating lessons courtesy of The West Toronto Skating Club. Skaters 19+ can cozy up with Kahlúa and enjoy complimentary samples with coffee or hot chocolate on Saturday evenings.
Date: December 20, 2019 to February 17, 2020
Address: Under the Gardiner, stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, Toronto
13. Colonel Samuel Smith Park Skating Trail
Date: Open Through March Break — Weather dependent
Address: Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd, Etobicoke — Toronto
15. Richmond Hill Green Skating Trail
Richmond Green Skating Trail is a 250 metre trail through the park located next to Tom Graham Arena. It is also lit for evening/night skating.
Dates: Open for 2019-20. December to March | 10 AM. and 10 PM. (weather permitting). Call 905-771-5490 for current status.
Address: 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill
15. Gage Park Skating Trail
Go for a night skate through the trees of this famous park located in downtown Brampton. Skate and helmet rentals and a food trailer are onsite Thursday to Sunday.
Date: Open for 2019-20 season. Open Through March.
Monday to Sunday, 10 AM– 10 PM
Extended hours from December 21 – January 5, 9 AM – 11 PM(weather permitting). Check website or call 905.874.2820 for status.
Address: Gage Park, Main St. S. and Wellington St. W. in Downtown Brampton
16. Island Lake Ice Skating Trail
A 1 km skating trail is maintained on the main Lake of the Island Lake Conservation Park when the Lake freezes in the thick of winter.
Date: Not open for 2019-2020 season as of Jan 1, 2020. Call to find out whether the trail is open, When open: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 519-941-6329
Cost: Island Lake Conservation Area, 673067 Hurontario Street South, Orangeville
Children (6-14): $2.65
Senior (60 and over): $4.43
17. Blue Mountain Ice Skating Trail
Cruise on the 1.1km ice skating loopwhile enjoying extraordinary views along the Niagara Escarpment. Located at the top of the mountain between Orchard Express and Southern Comfort. Skating Trail is lit during evening operating hours, weather and conditions permitting.
Dates: Open Daily during winter season
Cost: Adult: $17 to $19 for two hours
Youth: $16 to$19 for two hours
Address: 108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains
18. Fern Resort Skating Trail
There are quite a few resorts in Ontario that features ice skating trails of varying lengths. But the Fern Resort features a 1.5km long skating trail that you can explore in addition to other winter activities like snowshoeing, curling on the lake, ice fishing, cross country skiing, Crokicurl, outdoor hockey and more.
Dates: winter season — weather dependent.
Cost: Various Hotel Packages
Address: Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Road, Ramara
You may like: