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.
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).
The Cranberry Ice Trail, Muskoka Lakes Farm & 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.
Deerhurst Resort An onsite waterfront skating trail! Lace up and hit their 250-metre trail this winter.
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.
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
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.
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.
Woodview Mountaintop Skating, Blue Mountain Resort
Sharpen your skates and cruise on our 1.1km ice skating loop while enjoying extraordinary views along the Niagara Escarpment. Ice skate rentals are available and all skill levels are welcome. After you skate, relax with a hot chocolate while enjoying the beauty of Blue Mountain.
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
Not just a skate trail anymore. We will still have skates available for your use, but NEW this year, snowshoe trail with snow shoes available. Snow tubing hill with snow tubs (for the younger group) available and a Fat Bike trail with Fat Bikes available to rent (we will be posting height requirements for their use). Helmets are also available for skating and for using the Fat Bikes. We greatly suggest you bring all of your own equipment, but we don’t want you to miss out on the fun at all.
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
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
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 Championships in the Haliburton Highlands
January 25-27 & February 1-3, 2019
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
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