Outdoor skating rinks and trails in Toronto will be one of our few reprieves during lockdown this winter. As of right now, outdoor skating is one of the few activities yet to be axed, so throw on your masks and lace up those skates.
Here are some outdoor skating rinks and trails to check out this year.
The site of Toronto's biggest farmers' market also lets you skate under the roof at its historic brick factory. This scenic, privately-owned rink opens December 12 and will require booking a time slot online.
Named after the Toronto author and musician, this rink offers one of the best skyline views from Toronto's downtown east side. Washrooms are open at this award-winning park by Sugar Beach.
Greenwood Park is one of the most unique spots to get your skating in this winter. It's home to two attractions: Toronto's first outdoor artificial ice rink, which offers a covered area, and a trail that circles next to the arena.
New lighting, dasher-boards, and fencing have recently been added to this large outdoor rink that opened in 2015. Head to the park's Athletic Grounds off Shuter Street for an unsupervised public skate.
There are two outdoor artificial rinks at this facility, located just south of Lawrence Avenue West near Avenue Road. Good lighting and a fenced-off rink make this a good family-friendly spot for slipping and sliding around.
Hit up this massive park near Danforth and Broadview for its skating trail and hockey pad, also used for leisure skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days. Maybe jump on the tobogganing hill before or after for some extra winter fun.
This entire square makes for a pretty winter destination in general, with its tree-lined walkway and stunning amphitheatre. Find this frozen-over pond at the bottom of the stairs, just steps from the North York Centre subway station.