Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

The Bentway Skate Trail in Toronto

Time to bundle up and sharpen those ice skates: many of the GTA's outdoor rinks are now open (or opening soon!) for winter fun. Whether you prefer an iconic Toronto destination like Nathan Phillips Square or something off the beaten path like the Bentway Skate Trail, the city offers plenty of options for beginners and experienced skaters alike. And the best part — all these rinks and trails are Free.

The Bentway Skate Trail
Under the Gardiner Expressway on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
Toronto’s coolest ice opened just two years ago. Find curated food and beverage options on select dates, and an expanded winter village full of snuggly blankets, warming lounges, and fire pits. Come “Skate the 8 in the Six” and experience Toronto’s downtown skate trail located underneath an expressway. The Bentway will also offer recurring free skate lessons for kids and adults. On-site skate rentals are available daily. Opens December 20, 2019. More

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for over 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Skating is Free! Hot food and drinks are available at the rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social. The Natrel Rink is open now until March 2020 weather permitting. Rentals and lessons available. More

Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto
Visit Evergreen's picturesque outdoor skating rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Skating is open starting November 30, 2019 and through the winter. More

Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Skate under the lights at Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor ice rink. Weather permitting, the rink is usually open daily until February. Skate rentals and indoor change rooms are available to visitors. Skating is free. Call 3-1-1 for daily status information. Opens November 30, 2019. More

Sherbourne Common Skate Pad
61 Dockside Dr., Toronto
Sherbourne Common is a relatively 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. Opens November 30, 2019. More

Mississauga Celebration Square Rink
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Mississauga Celebration Square is a premier destination for Mississauga residents who can enjoy the space 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 Bring your skates and join in the fun. Skate rentals and sharpening services available. Opens November 23, 2019 and closes March 20, 2020. More

Richmond Green Skate Trail
1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill
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! There are lights for evening skating, heated washroom and changeroom, and ample parking. The trail opens from December to March (weather permitting). More

Mel Lastman Square Skating
5100 Yonge Street, North York
Mel Lastman Square is a beautiful park featuring 20,000 square feet of open space, a garden court, an outdoor amphitheatre, fountains and a reflecting pool.  In the Winter months, the pool is frozen to become an outdoor ice rink and is open daily. Call 3-1-1 for daily status information. Opens November 30, 2019. More

Chinguacousy Park Skate Trail
9050 Bramalea Road, Brampton
Visit Brampton’s newest outdoor skating trail at Chinguacousy Park​. Designed in an irregular ‘canal’ shape, it features natural bends to allow skaters of all abilities to practise their skills, while maintaining a comfortable flow. Seating is also available along the trail. The trail boasts more than 2000 sq. meters of ice surface and can accommodate up to 500 skaters. Opens December 1, 2019. More

Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail
65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Road, 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. Opens November 30, 2019. More

Gage Park
Main St. S. & Wellington St.W., Brampton
Brampton’s skating trail at Gage Park attracts families and skating enthusiasts from Brampton and beyond. Come and skate through the trees of this majestic park. It’s a wonderful and unique experience. Opens December 1, 2019. More

Union Station Outdoor Skating Rink - NEW!
Union Station - Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza in front of Union Station, Toronto
Celebrate the holiday season with this year’s Union Holiday! In a first, Union Station’s Sir John A. McDonald Plaza on Front Street will be home to a free outdoor skating rink in Toronto, approximately half of the size of an NHL ice rink. Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned pro, skating lessons, skate rentals and helmet rentals will also be offered by TD and Union for free. Open from November 29 to January 4, 2020. More

Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail - NEW
420 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H3
The five-metre-wide trail, designed to be a walking loop in summer, is the first exterior skating path in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art carbon dioxide technology in its refrigeration system. This environmentally friendly technology is natural, non-toxic and non-flammable, with no net greenhouse gas effect. This new rink is now open for the season. More

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