If this video doesn’t inspire you to take to the ice, we don’t know what will. Here are some of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Toronto to get your triple-axle on.
Evergreen Brickworks Ice Skating Trail
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave.
Hours: Thursday 4-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Our favourite spot for wilderness-in-the-city, the Evergreen Brick Works have opened an Ice Skating Trail. The trail winds around garden mounds under the rafters and the open sky-does it get more romantic and picturesque? No, it does not. Go on a Saturday morning, and stop by the Farmer’s Market (9 am-1 pm) before or after you take a spin around the rink, to warm up with Merchants of Green coffee and some delicious baked goods.
The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront
Location: Harbourfront Centre
Rentals: Yes. $7 for adults
Poised on the edge of the lakeshore, the Natrel rink is a family-friendly interactive skating experience, offering everything from skating lessons (private, group and drop-in clinics) to DJ Skate Nights at 8 pm on Saturdays. Upcoming performers include global fusion from DJ medicineman (Jan 8th), house music with DJs Andy Reid, Simon Jain, and YUG (Jan 22), and a Motown mixer with DJ D. Brown (Feb 5).
Winter Skating Oval at The Shops at Don Mills
Location: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd.
Hours: Weather permitting, the rink is open during the centre’s hours of operation
Hello, date night! Go for an evening skate, then rehash your best spills or unbeatable triple axle over thai food at Linda or authentic Italian at Fabbrica. Or, round up your best friends for a girly Saturday of spinning around the rink, shopping and manicures.
Nathan Phillips Square
Location: 100 Queen St. W.
Few things are more Canadian then mashing around the packed Nathan Phillips Square rink. Great for people watching, the rink is always full of Torontonians from all walks of life enjoying the outdoors in the middle of downtown.