12 Fun Places Where you can Skate for Free




Skating at Ontario Place

From the ever popular Natrel Rink at Harbourfront to skating on the Bentway, these amazing venues let you beat the cabin fever that comes along with a cold winter. Once you and the kids lace up your skates, chances are you'll be having too much fun to get off the ice. Get ready for gorgeous city views, family fun and so much more when you visit these kids' ice skating spots. Best of all, these rinks and trails are all Free!


1The Bentway Skate Trail
Under the Gardiner Expressway on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto

Toronto’s coolest ice opened just one year ago. Rentals and skating lessons will be offered again this year. Find curated food and beverage options on select dates, and an expanded winter village full of snuggly blankets, warming lounges, and fire pits. This season, the rink opens on December 21, 2018. Come “Skate the 8 in the Six” and experience Toronto’s downtown skate trail located underneath an expressway. More


2Ontario Place
955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto

Set against the stunning landscape of the Lake Ontario shoreline, experience skating at Ontario Place until March 17, 2019. The synthetic ice rinks is built from a solid polymer material so the rink doesn't depend on cold weather - you can enjoy this outdoor attraction at any time during the season! Rink admission is free. This winter, Ontario Place will also be hosting skate parties, featuring some of Toronto’s best local DJ’s to keep the tunes going while you skate. More 


3The 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 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is Free! Hot food and drinks are available at the rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social.The Natrel Rink is open now until March 2019 weather permitting. Rentals and lessons available. More


4Public 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 weekends in December through to March, and come out to a new Wednesday night public skate starting in January. Free helmet rentals. More


5Nathan 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. 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. Call 3-1-1 for daily status information. More


6Sherbourne 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. More


7Mississauga 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. More


8Richmond 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. More


9Mel 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. More


10Chinguacousy 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. More


11Colonel 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. More


12Gage 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. More


Photo Courtesy of Ontario Place
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