When I was a little child, I remember my parents taking me to an ice skating rink at a mall in Istanbul. The rink was indoors and was built to entertain children. For a long time that was the picture for me when I imagined about ice skating: a rink in the mall. Many many years later I moved to Toronto and winter came. I started to hear people talking about going to skating. I was finally going to try ice skating outdoors. Ice skating in Toronto was one of the tasks on my to-do list. If you want to go to ice skating in Toronto, check out this 4 most popular rinks!

Harbourfront Centre: 

This is where  I went skating. If you have your own skates, it is free to use the rink. If you don’t have one,  you can rent skates. It is by the lake so you can catch a beautiful Toronto Island view if you arrive there around sunset.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am -11 pm

The Bentway Skating Rail

It’s a 220-meter long rail under Gardiner Expressway. Yes, the rink is literally under 1.75 km under the expressway. It’s on my list. If you are going to rent a skate, check the skate rental hours before you go!

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays: 11am-11pm, Sundays: 11am-9pm

Skate rental hours: Monday-Thursday: 4 pm-9pm, Fridays: 4 pm-11pm,  Saturdays:  11 am- 11 pm; Sundays: 11am-9pm

Ontario Place

Ontario Place worths a visit, it is on the lake! You can walk to the island from Lake Shore Boulevard. There is also a winter light festival going on in Ontario Place. It is like a winter wonderland! Ontario Place is open all day but hours differ for the activities.

Skate Rental Hours (Non-Holiday): Fridays: 6 pm-11 pm, Saturdays: 10 am-11 pm, Sundays: 10 am-8 pm

Nathan Phillips Square

Probably this is one of the most touristic rinks in Toronto because it is in the middle of Downtown. However, it is usually very crowded. If you are around, you may check it out.

Hours: Everyday 10 am-10 pm, until March 19th

If ice skating in Toronto is on your list, then you should definitely try it.