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Bundle up, embrace the snow and share in outdoor fun this winter.
Visit one of Ontario’s skate trails, and add a twist to a quintessential Canadian winter past time.
Enjoy the magic of the season and skate under the stars, with many of the trails 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 mountaintop 11 kilometre skating trail, new this year at Blue Mountain or the 1.2 kilometre loop around 123 acres of cranberries at Johnson’s Cranberry Marsh.
Skate the 1.5 kilometre trail through wooded countryside lit up with tiki torches at Fern Resort near Orillia or the 1.3 kilometre 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 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.
Another brand new trail to check out is the Bentway Skate Trail running between the concrete pillars that hold up the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto.
Get a full list of skate trails around there province.
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.
Resorts of Ontario also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of wilderness trails with other winter activities, like fat biking or horse drawn carriage and sleigh rides.