Skating is a weird thing. Whoever decided to attach sharp blades to the bottom of their boots and wander out onto a frozen lake (pond?) was surely not all there. We’re sure glad they did though. Especially with Family Day weekend happening so soon!
Why you ask? Because skating is the perfect excuse for a winter picnic! Pack yourself a some great cheese, some fresh bread and a thermos of hot tea — we’re eyeing the Smokey Maple from Pluck Teas; it’s got real maple syrup, and with some hot milk and chocolate it would make for one delicious campfire s�more latte!
Ontario’s got some seriously amazing skating rinks, and there’s no better time than right now to enjoy them! Here are three we’d travel for:
Ontario’s best kept secret…might not be a secret anymore. The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park has graduated from local folklore, to becoming a mainstay in Muskoka’s winter season! They suggest hitting the ice mid week for the best experience, but we’re all about the ‘Fire & Ice’ night skating. They light up torches and bonfires along the 1.3km skate trail in the forest. It’s breathtaking.
Skating at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre may be highly weather dependent, but it’s not be missed when the mercury drops! Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario this is easily the city’s most scenic rink.
Did you know that Ottawa is home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world, as designated by Guinness World Records? It�s true! Each year, from roughly late January to early February, the scenic Rideau Canal � Ontario�s only UNESCO World Heritage Site � freezes and welcomes thousands upon thousands of visitors for winter fun.
The Rink on The Brink at the Marriot Fallsview is exactly what it sounds like! An open-air, outdoor ice skating rink located a snowball’s throw from the “brink” of the Horseshoe Falls, offering breathtaking views of Niagara Falls.
Open daily, the Victoria Park outdoor rink in London is magically — especially when the sun goes down. The City’s Parks and Recreation division operates 11 indoor arenas in London, making it the official outdoor skating capital of our hearts!
With this warm weather we’ve been having, be sure to call ahead or check the twitter accounts of your local rink. We’re crossing our fingers for a couple more cold weekends to hit the ice!