Ontario Ice Skating

Skaters can pick a number of Ontario winter resorts and lodges as well as resort destination getaways and locations to skate or play hockey.  Ice Skating on an outdoor rink or trail is a wonderful winter activity for the entire family, or a romantic getaway hand-in-hand activity for couples. Ice skating rinks make the perfect social environment for ice hockey, broom ball or just plain old fashioned skating. Canada’s and the World’s longest skating rink is in Ottawa on the Rideau Canal.

 

Skating in Featured Destinations

Blue Mountain Village
At the steps to The Westin Trillium House and in the heart of the Village you’ll find the area’s largest free outdoor rink  – five acres of skating on the Mill Pond at the base of Blue Mountain. Skate rentals are available at the Skating Hut at the south end of the Mill Pond.

Midland
The North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre facility is also home to two ice surfaces and this allows for flexibility and being able to accommodate all the needs of the community. Consider the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre for your next special event!

Muskoka
Is there anything more Canadian than gliding across an outdoor rink? Whether you are going for a skate with the family, or watching the kids play a pick-up game of pond hockey well after the sun sets, outdoor rinks are a right of passage for Canadians of all ages. There are a number of outdoor rinks across Muskoka that are available for public use, and are maintained throughout the winter (weather dependent).

Ottawa Valley
What could be more exhilarating than taking the family out into the cool, crisp air, slapping on a pair of skates and gliding the day away on one of our well-maintained municipal rinks. Our skating season is generally from December through to March (weather inclement).

Skating Trails

discovery-harbour-skating-trail
NEW
for January 2017 Skate Trail at Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
Imagine skating with family and friends along the shoreline through a unique cultural and historical site, by day or night! The Discovery Harbour Skate Trail, Penetanguishene, will feature over 2 km of skating like no other.

Skating Trail at Johnston's Cranberry Marsh/Muskoka Lakes

The Cranberry Ice TrailJohnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery
Skate a 1.2 km loop around 12 acres of cranberries! This narrow designed skating trail really creates an intimate feel, perfect for hand holding with your special someone, or locking arms with your girlfriends.

Hanna Park Skating Trail, Port Carling Muskoka
New on the scene in 2017 is the Hanna Park Skating Trail in Port Carling. With views of the Indian River, this skating trail is fun for the family. The trail is roughly 200m in length, and there is a packed walking trail right beside it. This is perfect for parents or grandparents to follow along as they watch the little ones rip around. There is no cost to use.

Ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park, Muskoka
The 1.3 km Ice Skating trail winds through the thick Muskoka forest and is a winter experience like no other.

The Cranberry Ice TrailJohnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery
Skate a 1.2 km loop around 12 acres of cranberries! This narrow designed skating trail really creates an intimate feel, perfect for hand holding with your special someone, or locking arms with your girlfriends.

Memorial Park Winter Village, Bracebridge Muskoka
An ice skating rink that wraps around the park and carves in and out of Bracebridge landmarks, the Winter Village brings its own exciting take on a skating trail.

Lake Muskoka Ice Trail, Gravenhurst Muskoka
Muskoka Wharf Marine has cleared a huge trail on Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst down at the Muskoka Wharf. The Marina is charging a flat fee of $5 per person (kids 7 and under are free), and the trail is open from 9am to 4:30pm for skating. There are no rentals on site, so bring your own skates.

Learn more about skating trails in Muskoka

muskoka-logo

MacGregor Point Provincial Park ice trail, Port Elgin
Glide through the woods on MacGregor’s ice skating trail. The 400-metre skating trail provides an unforgettable outdoor experience. We turn on our trail lights for skating under the stars until 10:00 pm every day of the week, and that’s when things get truly magical.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa
Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. The Skateway winds its way through the heart of Ottawa, over a total length of 7.8 kilometres, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.

Ramsey Lake Skating Path, Sudbury
The Ramsey Lake Skating Path extends from McNaughton Terrace to Science North. The skating path is open from mid-January to mid-March, dependent on weather and ice conditions. This ice path is for skating only. Hockey, Ringette and Shinny are not allowed.

 

Resort Skating

Bring your skates on your next family or romantic getaway to these fine resorts and destinations north of Toronto.

westin-trillium-house-ice-skating-on-the-pond jw-marriott-the-rosseau-muskoka-ice-skating  bayview-wildwood-resort-ice-skating  ogopogo-resort-ice-skating

Bayview Wildwood ResortSevern Bridge Muskoka

Blue Mountain Village

The Briars, Jackson’s Point

Buttermilk Falls Resort, Algonquin Highlands

Cedar Grove Lodge, Huntsville

JW Mariott Rosseau, Minett

Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston

Ogopogo Resort, Minden

Pine Vista Resort, Lakefield

Sand Lake Cottages & Inn, Kearney

Tyrolean Village Resorts, Blue Mountain

The WestinTrillium House, Blue Mountain

Ice Skating Events & Festivals

 

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championshipscanadian-national-pond-hockey-championships in the Haliburton Highlands
January 27-29 & February 3-5, 2017 
Players from across the nation and beyond will make the journey this year for a chance to stake claim to pond hockey superiority and hoist the coveted Maple Cup. The CNPHC represents the purest form of the game, taking competitors, volunteers and spectators alike back to the roots of hockey all set amidst the breathtaking northern landscape

 

Festival of Outdoor Rinksfestival-of-outdoor-rinks in the Ottawa Valley
February 10-12, 2017
The Festival of Outdoor Rinks is a celebration of this unique part of our culture and tradition. It is a Festival that will have something for everyone in our area, and hopefully bring some new people out to the outdoor rinks. With 25 rinks participating, it’s a weekend to travel with skates or without, and take part in a free weekend worth of fun and activity to beat the winter blues.

 

 

 

More Ice-skating Winter Links

See Ice conditions on the Ottawa Skateway for the latest updates. Many cities and towns north of Toronto also provide outdoor skating opportunities and complete winter fun experiences as well as provide assistance for organized hockey tournaments.  One resort Nottawasaga Inn Resort Sportsplex has NHL sized rinks on site. Pick your romantic winter resort getaways