Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks




The Toronto and GTA areas are packed with ice skating options for your family this season. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something for you! Many outdoor rinks offer warming centers, so you can take a break and warm up from the Winter chill. Try a day of skating with the family at one of these fun rinks.

Bronte Creek's Outdoor Skating Rink
1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville

905-827-6911 

Enjoy skating to music on the lit, Olympic size outdoor rink. The rink is available for recreational skating (season and weather permitting). Once the rink opens, the Park Store will be serving up hot food and drinks. The Park Store offers skate rentals in an assortment of sizes for both children and adults. Please call ahead to check conditions. There is no additional fee for use of the skating rink or Playbarn after obtaining a daily vehicle permit. Check for Daily Vehicle Permits. The ice rink is located in the park's DAY-USE area accessible off Burloak Drive just north of the QEW.
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Cedarena
7373 Reesor Rd , Markham
905-294-0038
Note: Cederena is closed for 2015-2016. A great outdoor skating rink is Cedarena in Cedargrove (Markham) Reesor Rd. just north of Steeles. This is a 75 year old outdoor rink in the Rouge Valley surrounded by trees. There is also an old clubhouse where you change your skates where they serve hot chocolate and locally made hot apple cider. Outdoor skating - weather permitting. Charge for admission. Phone line open from early December to end of March.

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Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail
3131 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto

416-392-9715 

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. 
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Dufferin Grove Park Rink
875 Dufferin Street, Toronto
skating@dufferinpark.ca  

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 are close to parking, the subway, the Dufferin Mall, and they have a little indoor clubhouse with a wood stove to warm yourself with hot chocolate after skating.
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Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto 

416-596-7670

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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Gage Park

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

905-874-2300

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. DJ services Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoon. Fire pits Friday and Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon. Chrome on the Range food trailer available Thursday to Sunday. More info

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. More info

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 - open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Mill Pond
Mill Street, Richmond Hill
The Town's natural spaces offer residents many recreational opportunities year-round. Enjoy the crisp Winter air while skating on the natural ice of the Mill Pond or Lake Wilcox. But be sure the check that the ice is safe before you venture out for a leisurely skate or game of pond hockey. Signage is posted. More info

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 10:00 pm all Winter long. Bring your skates and join in the fun. More info


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 10:00 am to 10:00 pm by mid-November, until February. Skate rentals and indoor change rooms are available to visitors. The three solid arches that stretch over the ice rink are officially named the "Freedom Arches" to signify the belief that "only in freedom can the Human Spirit soar." Skating is free, except for skate rentals. Nathan Phillips Square is easily accessed by the TTC Queen street car (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station), or the University line (exit Osgoode Station).
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Harbourfront Natrel Rink
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto 

973-4000
Toronto's favourite outdoor rink is lacing up for another great season. The Natrel Rink will open in November (weather permitting). Beautifully situated on Toronto's harbour. Open 7 days a week - check website for schedule. Free admission. Skate rentals and sharpening available. Music while you skate. Indoor change room. Easily accessible by TTC and plenty of parking.
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Richmond Green Skate Trail
1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill
905-771-5490
Richmond Green, located at Elgin Mills Road East and Leslie Street, provides a wide range of activities covering all four season's of the year. Did you know there is an outdoor Skate Trail on the west side of the park, behind the Tom Graham Arena? Lace up your skates (ice in Winter and in-line in the Summer) and set out for an enjoyable glide through the 250 metre looped trail's natural setting! The trees surrounding the trail are native to the area and many were transplanted from other areas of the park during the park's redesign. With the twinkling lights in the trees and music in the air, this is an outdoor Winter tradition you'll want to experience! Call first to confirm schedule. Lights for evening skating, heated washroom and changeroom, ample parking.
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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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