Despite many of us being fearful of leaving the comfort of our warm homes during the winter months, it must be said that the activities of the season are top notch. All you have to do is bundle up and you could be hopping from one Christmas Market to another, or soaring down a ski slope having the time of your life. Another fun winter activity (and a classic) is ice skating! Thankfully skating doesn’t require much of its participants, just a bit of balance and access to skates! Toronto is home to many outdoor rinks, but these are our top picks nearby.
Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre – 870 Queen Street East
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Located in the Jimmie Simpson Park, this recreational hub features a hockey pad, which is also used for public skates too! Perfect for beginners and pro-skaters alike.
Ryerson Community Park – 50 Gould Street
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Despite there not being any change rooms available, this quaint skating rink at Ryerson is perfect for you, your friends, and family to take a spin on!
Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen Street West
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This is the ultimate Toronto skating experience, right in the heart of downtown. There are rentals and lots of space to give your skating skills a try. Also, more importantly, food trucks tend to keep parked pretty nearby just in case you get hungry.
Harry R. Gairey Ice Rink – 275 Bathurst Street
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Located just south of Bathurst and Dundas, this artificial ice rink is perfect for a quick skate, or perhaps a game of shinny! There are also a variety of learn-to-skate programs offered for different age groups!
Trinity Bellwoods Park – 790 Queen Street West
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Located in the city’s most popular park, the Trinity Bellwoods skating rink is busy all winter round – whether it’s with all ages learning to skate, a public spin around the rink, or with shinny players, this rink is shown Toronto love.
Sherbourne Common Rink – 61 Dock Side Drive
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Enjoy lovely waterfront views while you spin around the Paul Quarrington outdoor ice rink. With public skates from 10am-10pm most days, it’s a great spot for people of all ages to have fun.
Natrel Rink – 235 Queens Quay West
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One of Toronto’s favourite rinks, this harbourfront gem offers beautiful waterfront views of both the lake and the city lights, as well as DJ Skate Nights, with Box Car Social adjacent for refreshments of all kinds. Most days it’s open until 10pm and even later on Friday and Saturday.