The Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails 2020

We've rounded up some of the best Free ice-skating outdoor rinks and trails in Toronto and the GTA so you can get your glide on all winter long.  And the best part — all these are Free.

Note that there are capacity restrictions in place and some services (i.e. rentals and skate sharpening) may not be available during COVID-19. Check websites for final details. Temporary closures for this year are listed below. We will update this page as new information is available.


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

The Bentway Skate Trail

  • Under the Gardiner Expressway on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto

Toronto’s coolest ice under the Gardiner opened just a few year years ago. This year, the trail will open to the public on December 18 with a fixed capacity of 25 people. Pre-registration for timed entry will be available via Eventbrite on December 12 at 10am. ID will be required and there are no skate rentals available this season. While skating is always free at the Bentway, they are asking you to help support those in need by donating a small amount ($5 suggested) to the creation of Winter Care Kits for community members experiencing poverty and homelessness. Ends January 31. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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 $7.50 a pair. While Evergreen had announced that Skating was opening December 5, 2020, it has now been put on hold until further notice. Check website for updates. More


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Nathan Phillips Square

  • 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Skate under the lights at Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor ice rink. The rink is usually open daily until February. Skating is free. Call 3-1-1 for daily status information. Rinks open end of November weather permitting. Limited capacity is enforced. Online reservations are encouraged. Change rooms and lockers are unavailable. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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. Rinks open end of November weather permitting. Limited capacity is enforced. Online reservations are encouraged. Change rooms and lockers are unavailable. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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. Opens December 2020. Follow their social media channels for updates and restrictions. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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! City staff are working on a plan to open the skate trail soon, weather permitting. Hours will be modified, capacity limited and pre-registration will be required. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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. Rinks open end of November weather permitting. Limited capacity is enforced. Online reservations are encouraged. Change rooms and lockers are unavailable. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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 could accommodate up to 500 skaters pre-COVID. Opening in December 2020. See website for capacity limits. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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. Rinks open end of November weather permitting. Limited capacity is enforced. Online reservations are encouraged. Change rooms and lockers are unavailable. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

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. Opening in December 2020. See website for capacity limits. More


Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails

Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail (College Park)

  • 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. Rinks open end of November weather permitting. Limited capacity is enforced. Online reservations are encouraged. Change rooms and lockers are unavailable. More


Temporary closures or information pending:

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront - Closed for 2020

Union Station Outdoor Skating Rink - Not available in 2020


All City of Toronto Outdoor Rinks

If you are looking for a list of all outdoor rinks in the City of Toronto, you can find them here. Note that all indoor rinks are closed for public skating this season.


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