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Published on December 20th, 2016 | by Danielle Williams

Ontario Outdoor Skating Trails to Visit This Winter.

Ice skating is a quintessential Canadian winter past time. For a one-of-a-kind skating experience you need to go outdoors and explore some of the province’s amazing outdoor skating trails. Sharpen your skates, grab your hat and get ready to skate under the stars and take in some fresh forest air. Here are some of our favourite trails to discover this winter season.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

The Arrowhead Provincial Park Skating Trail is Ontario’s longest man-made ice trail. Opened in 2012, park staff transformed the 1.3 km trail from summer roads and camp connectors into an ice surface that winds through forest and camp grounds. The skating trail is located in the heart of Muskoka and people flock north to this popular skating destination for an ideal winter getaway. The trail is so popular that on weekends it reaches capacity pretty quickly, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. The park opens December 9th, but the skating trail is expected to open late December.

  • Other activities: Camping, skiing, snowshoeing and tubing
  • Admission: $17 for parking (which allows access to the entire park)
  • Skate rentals available: Yes

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Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail

For people in Toronto looking for a different skating experience, check out the Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail located on Etobicoke’s waterfront by Kipling and Lakeshore. The figure-8 shaped trail is 250-metres long, winds through the park’s landscape and is the city’s first ice skating trail. To stay frozen all winter, the rink is artificially cooled with a high-tech cooling system located beneath the ice.  The trail opened late November and will be open until March, weather permitting.

  • Other activities: Off-leash dog area
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate rentals available: No, BYOS (bring your own skates)

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MacGregor Point Ice Trail

Enjoy an unforgettable outdoor skating experience head to the MacGregor Point Ice Trail. The 400-metre skating loop is located at the shores of Lake Huron in Port Elgin and is lit at night for you can glide through the woods with ease.  The park is open year round, but the trail is totally weather dependent. So cross your fingers for tons of snow and cold days.

  • Other activities: Cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, camping and snowmobiling
  • Admission: $10.75 for full-day parking or $6.50 for four hours (which allows access to the entire park)
  • Skate rental available: No, BYOS (bring your own skates)

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Brick Works Skating Trail

Wind through snow covered trees and beautiful gardens at the Brick Works Skating Trail in Toronto. The trail is under an exposed-beam roof and to enjoy some bright daylight and fresh winter air. At night, the rink is surrounded by twinkling lights perfect for winter dates for couples, family and friends. The best part is the trail is sustainable and features an ECO CHILL® refrigeration system that cools the ice while reusing the excess heat to warm the Marketplace building next door. Plus they have skating lessons for kids and adults if you need to sharpen your skills.

  • Other activities: Winter village, art & exhibits and winter bike rides
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate rentals available: Yes

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Richmond Green Skate Trail

The Richmond Green Skate Trail is located inside the largest park in Richmond Hill at Leslie Street and Elgin Mills Road. The 250-metre trail loops around natural surroundings and during the night there are lights around the trail for evening skating and music to get you in the winter mood. There’s also a heated washroom, change room and parking available on site. The trail is open from December to March, weather permitting of course.

  • Other activities: Mill Pond and Crosby Park rink
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate rentals available: No, BYOS (bring your own skates)

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Do you know of any amazing outdoor skating trails? Let us know!

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