Ice skating is one of the most quintessentially Canadian past times. From the days of shinny on the pond to the newest craze of skating trails, Canadians have always been on the quest for the best ice to drop their skates on. In Ontario there is no shortage of where to lace up your skates, from frozen lakes, ponds and trails.
Here are some of our favourite spots to carve some ice on a getaway north of Toronto.
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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.
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!
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).
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 are growing in popularity and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to skate hand in hand with their loved ones? Check out these skating trails north of Toronto.
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.
Muskoka has rapidly become the hub of skating trails in Ontario, offering several places to experience a twist to one of Canada’s most iconic winter experiences.
Deerhurst Resort NEW for 2018 onsite waterfront skating trail! Lace up and hit their 250-metre trail this winter.
The Cranberry Ice Trail, Johnston’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.
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.
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
The Township of Laurentian Valley Skating Trail, Ottawa Valley
The Township of Laurentian Valley has established a free to use 1.5 km Skating Trail through a scenic wooded area. The Township has several pairs of children’s skates which can be signed out at no cost at the Municipal Office through our lending hub program.
Bring your skates on your next family or romantic getaway to these fine resorts and destinations north of Toronto.
Bayview Wildwood Resort, Severn Bridge Muskoka
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
Let us know, where are your favourite places north of Toronto to skate?