Not everyone looks forward to winter, but for a lot of us, winter means it's time to lace up our skates. It's a classic activity for the season. Recently, skating trails in Canada have become an increasingly popular trend. If you haven't tried a skating trail before, you're seriously missing out. Unlike a rink, where you go round and round the same space, skating trails will take you through a frozen winter wonderland.

Some of the best skating trails will take you through peaceful forests covered in fluffy snow, while others are best enjoyed at night. For example, at Arrowhead Provincial Park, the skating route is lit up with tiki torches in the evening. And at the Victoria Iceway Skating Trail, it's illuminated with colourful lights that give it a magical ambience.

If you're tight on cash, skating trails also are an excellent activity choice to enjoy with friends because there are several that are free. So if you want to enjoy a picture-perfect winter day without spending a dollar, visit the Gage Park Trail, the Rideau Canal Skateway, or the Riviere l'Assomption Trail. 

We can hardly wait for everything to freeze over so we can enjoy one of our favourite winter activities. Here are 11 extraordinary skating trails in Canada you need to visit this winter with your friends:

Domaine De La Foret Perdue

Price: $18 per person

Address: 1180 Rang Saint Felix E., Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, QC

Why You Need To Go: Skate through this tranquil forest with your friends, or favourite person.

Woodview Mountaintop Skating

Price: From $16 per person

Address: 201 Scenic Caves Road, Unit AW2, The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: This 1.1-km skating trail offers beautiful views of the Niagara Escarpment.

Red River Mutual Trail

Price: Free

Address: River Walk, Winnipeg, MB

Why You Need To Go: This is a super affordable activity to enjoy in the winter, where rentals are $6 if you need them.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

Price: $17 per car

Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Skate along a magical ice path illuminated by tiki torches.

Victoria Park Iceway

Price: Free

Address: 11004-12004 River Valley Rd. NW, Edmonton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This incredible skating trail is colourfully lit up at night.

Patinage en Foret

Price: Not listed yet

Address: 9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups, QC

Why You Need To Go: This skating trail will lead you through a pretty snow-covered forest.

Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

Price: $10 per person

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy a picture-perfect winter day skating on this 1.2-km loop trail. After, you can head to the winery to warm up with a mug of delicious mulled wine or cranberry cider.

Riviere l'Assomption in Joliette

Price: Free

Address: L'Assomption River, 100 Rue Fabre, Joliette, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can skate here for free with your friends.

Gage Park Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 45 Main St. S., Brampton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This pretty skating trail has a fire pit along the path for you to warm up.

Rideau Canal Skateway

Price: Free

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Eat a Beavertail and skate along one of the most famous skating routes in Canada.

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Countryside Adventures

Price: $12 per person

Address: 16495 Sixth Rd., Moose Creek, ON

Why You Need To Go: Your admission includes access to the skating trail, snowshoe forest trail, and the cross-country trail.

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