10 Places Where you can Skate for Free

We've rounded up 10 of the best Free ice-skating rinks in Toronto and the GTA so you can get your glide on all winter long. No skates? No problem – you can rent a pair at most of these rinks.

Strap on your skates this winter at these free rinks...

1. Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail
3145 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto
This is Toronto’s first ice trail and a one-of-a-kind outdoor rink that expands into a figure-eight shape and covers 250 metres of pure Winter fun. It is linked to the park's greater trail network providing visitors with an immediate walkway connection to enjoy the trails. The facility features a rink change area which includes a large change room with benches and washrooms. Please be advised that due to ongoing construction, there will be no access to the indoor changing area at Colonel Sam Smith Park (until the end of January 2016.)
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2. Dufferin Grove Park Rink
875 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Dufferin Grove Park is public neighbourhood park located in Toronto, just south of Bloor, on the east side of Dufferin. There is a wonderful and family-friendly facility at Dufferin Grove Park Rink. If you don't have your own skates, you can borrow a pair. Visit their site for skate lending info. There are 2 rink pads so pleasure skating is always possible (check website for schedule). Typically one side is used for pleasure skating, and the other for shinny. They have a little indoor clubhouse with a wood stove to warm up with hot chocolate after skating.
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3. Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto  
Bring your skates for free public skating! The Skating Trail is the perfect place to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and Winter fun, in nature, in the city. Imagine the snowflakes falling as you glide over the ice under the open sky with only the rafters of the former industrial building overhead. The ice rink is open weather permitting. Skate rentals are available. Children under 12 must be supervised and those under 6 years old or younger must wear a CSA approved helmet.
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4. Gage Park

Main St. S. & Wellington St.W., Brampton


In the Winter, a temperature-controlled skating trail attracts families and skating enthusiasts from Brampton and beyond to experience skating through the trees of this majestic park. 
Vending machines and change rooms are available at this location. Skate to the sounds of a DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons, and warm up at the fire pit! Skate/Helmet Rentals and a Food Trailer are operational Thursdays to Sundays.
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5. Harbourfront Natrel Rink
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
The Natrel Rink is a unique skating destination, nestled in the heart of Harbourfront Centre’s 10-acre site. Throughout the duration of the Winter season, the Natrel Rink will host DJ Skate Nights, the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, and Learn to Skate, and other events. Harbourfront Centre also offers affordable skate and helmet rentals on site in the Skate Change Room, located beside the Natrel Rink. 
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6. Markham Civic Centre Ice Rink
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham
The City of Markham maintains this outdoor skating facility (weather permitting) for you and your family to enjoy. Shinny hockey is not permitted. Located at 101 Town Centre Boulevard, north-west corner of Highway 7 and Warden Ave. Skate Rentals are available at the Markham Civic Centre.
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7. Mel Lastman Square Skating
5100 Yonge Street, North York
Call 3-1-1 for daily status information for your local rink.
In the Winter months, the pond is frozen to become an outdoor ice rink - at various times. Check the website for a schedule. Skating is unsupervised.

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8. Mississauga Celebration Square Rink
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Call 3-1-1 for daily status information for your local rink.
Mississauga Celebration Square is a premier destination for Mississauga residents who can enjoy the location with free outdoor events, arts, culture, and heritage. In the Winter time, visitors take advantage of the outdoor ice rink which is one of the largest in the GTA. The rink is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm all Winter long. Bring your skates and join in the fun. Skate rentals are available.
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Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Call 3-1-1 for daily status information for your local rink.
Skate under the lights at Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor ice rink. Weather permitting, the rink is usually open daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Skate rentals and indoor change rooms are available to visitors. Skating is free, except for skate rentals.
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10. Sherbourne Common Skate Pad

61 Dockside Dr., Toronto
Call 3-1-1 for daily status information for your local rink.
Sherbourne Common is a new waterfront park that has transformed an industrial area into some much needed public green space just off the lakefront. During the Winter, the park includes a 920 square metre skating rink featuring stunning views of Lake Ontario and Toronto’s downtown skyline. A seating wall surrounds the eastern and western edge of the rink and rubber mats have been installed to make it easier to lace up. 
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