The Best Rinks to Skate in Toronto this Winter

The end of the semester often brings stress, sickness, and snow- but something to make it better is skating! Whether you’ve never skated before, you’re a hockey enthusiast, or you’re a figure skater like I am, there’s always a great time to be had practicing your skating. Here are some rinks you might want to check out!


Nathan Phillips Square

Last Saturday, November 24th, was the opening day for Nathan Phillips Square! The cavalcade of lights, an annual event, was full of holiday festivities and a great way to kick off the season! Check it out and take some iconic photos in front of the Toronto sign. You can rent skates and helmets here.

Lake Devo

No list made for Ryerson students could be complete without a feature from right here on campus! Lake Devo, the intimate space between the campus store and IMA building, will be opening for the season soon! There is no anticipated date yet- but when you go, make sure to bring your own skates (and a helmet if needed!)

The Bentway

The Bentway, the figure-8 shaped skating trail located downtown underneath the gardiner expressway, will be opening this year on December 21st. They offer skate rentals and skate lessons, food and beverage vendors, spots to get warm, and wifi!

The Natrel Rink

The Natrel Rink, located right on the lake at Harbourfront, is open every day from 9am-10pm, weather permitting. Heated change rooms with lockers will get you out of the cold while you put your skates on, and they offer helmet and skate rentals.

Ontario Place

Last weekend was opening weekend for the arena at the newly renovated Ontario Place. This synthetic rink is open whatever the weather until 11pm! You can rent skates and helmets, and there is always a stunning view and rotation of DJs you don’t want to miss out on!

Hopefully you can find time during the busy end of the semester and take a break from exam studying to get out and skate!

Post by: Nicolina Moscati

Posted in Blog.