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There’s nothing more Canadian than lacing up to skate across a frozen pond, rink or skate trail. Get the gang out on one of Ontario’s skate trails or rinks and enjoy this quintessential winter pastime. Discover five can't-miss skating trails in northern Ontario.
Sprinkle a bit of magic to your outing and skate under the stars, many of the trails are lit up by tiki torch or festive lights at night. Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene offers a 2 kilometre skate trail along the Georgian Bay shoreline this season. Enjoy the extraordinary views from the 1.1 kilometre Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail at Blue Mountain or the 1.2 kilometre loop around acres of cranberries, lit up by 400 tiki torches at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery.
Skate the 1.5 kilometre trail through wooded countryside lit up with tiki torches at Fern Resort near Orillia or the 1.3 kilometre trail through the Arrowhead Provincial Park forest (this one gets busy and reaches capacity early on the weekends). MacGregor Point Ice Trail is a 400 metre loop in Port Elgin, while the skating trail at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works is located within one of the old brick factory buildings, under an open-air roof of exposed beams. Glide along the Trent Severn Waterway on the canal below the Peterborough Lift Lock.
Storybook Gardens in London offers a beautiful outdoor 250 metre skating trail that winds its way through the trees in the front half of the park. After your skate, visit with the farm animals, then enjoy hot chocolate and a snack from the concession. Memorial Park Winter Village in downtown Bracebridge features an ice skating rink that wraps around the park and carves in and out of Bracebridge landmarks. Toronto's first ice trail, Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail, is a figure-eight shape, 250 metre rink in Etobicoke. You can practically skate from the steps of your lakeside cabin at Cedar Grove Lodge.
Enjoy the urban outdoors. Spend an afternoon skating the world’s largest rink, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or in the shadow of City Hall at Toronto’s Nathan Phillip’s Square. Celebrate the magic of music during Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights.
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