Three places to skate in Toronto

Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By shelaghmcnally on January 12, 2012 at 6:10 am

Skating under the arches. Photo by Ken Nickerson

Toronto has over 50 outdoor artificial ice rinks so skating is a popular pastime in this city. The city does a great job of maintenance and you’ll find wonderful rinks in each neighborhood. Don’t worry if you’ve left your skates at home. All of the rinks have skate rentals.

 Skate at City Hall

Toronto’s most famous rink is found at Nathan Phillips Square located alongside the New City Hall. The three solid arches that stretch over the ice rink have been named the Freedom Arches and there is a piece of the Berlin Wall at the base of the center arch on the south side. Skate along to the recorded music ranging from reggae to classical. At nights, the rink is light up against the night sky casting a romantic glow on the ice. 100 Queen Street West. Hours: From first light until 10 pm, seven days a week. Admission: Free. Skate rentals: $10 for adults, $5 for children. For ice conditions, call the skate rental office at 416 304-1400.

 Skate at the factory

Glide under the open air and the rafters of an 1889 historical building at the Evergreen Brick Works. Formerly the Don Valley Brick Works, this industrial quarry and factory site has been transformed into park and natural area. It’s now  a wildlife haven at the heart of Toronto’s ravines. The city recedes behind the wooded valley walls as you wind through the garden mounds listening the birds. 550 Bayview Avenue. Hours: Thurs 5 – 9pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 4pm. Admission: Free. Skate rentals: Pay what you can, $5 recommended. Call ahead for conditions: 416-596-7670.

Skate at the lake

The Natrel Rink is one Toronto’s favorite outdoor rinks. Situated on Toronto’s harbor, this winter gem is part of Harbourfront Centre and is open 7 days a week. There’s an indoor change room with  lockers and washrooms and Lakeside EATS serves hot food and drinks. Every Saturday night is DJ Skate Night where local DJs spin their fresh grooves while you glide and get a new perspective on fusion. 235 Queens Quay West Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri/Sat 10 am-11pm. Admission: Free. Skate rentals: $8 adults, $6 children. Rink Info: 416 973-4866

Have fun gliding through Toronto!

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