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Ontario Outdoor Skating Trails That Will Take Your Breath Away

Ice skating is a staple in Ontario. From the hockey rink to the pond in your backyard, there's nothing quite like lacing up your skates and hitting the ice with your BFFs or significant other. Luckily,  there is no shortage of incredible Ontario outdoor skating trails that lead through magical snow-covered forests for you to enjoy.

If you're looking for affordable winter fun, then these breathtaking trails are definitely calling your name. So grab your skates and some mitts and get ready to hit the trails!

These eight magical trails are the perfect place to get active all winter long. 

Woodview Mountaintop

Price: Starting at $13

When: Weather permitting.

Address: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can skate through the forest and enjoy stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment on this 1.1-kilometer loop. At night the trail will be lit up, perfect for a romantic winter date night.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Price: $10.84

When: Weather permitting.

Address: 1593 Bruce County Rd. 33, Port Elgin, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can skate your way through this magical forest where you'll find incredible winter foliage and a breathtaking view of the stars at night.

Cranberry Ice Trail

Price: $10

When: Opens December 27, weather permitting.

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd, Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: After you tire from skating the beautiful 1.2-kilometre ice trail you can head inside the Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery to enjoy some hot cranberry apple cider or mulled wine. If you chose to skate at night there will be adorable tiki torches to light your way.

Ramsey Lake Skate Path

Price: Free

When: Mid-January until early March, weather permitting.

Address: Elizabeth Street at McNaughton Terrace, Sudbury, ON

Why You Need To Go: This 1.5-kilometer trail offers wide-open views of Sudbury in the winter. There are also two heated change rooms available near the ice.

River Oak Skating Trail

Price: Starting at $12

When: Weather permitting.

Address: 2900 York's Corners Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: When you think of outdoor skating in Ottawa you naturally think of the Rideau Canal. But the River Oak Skating Trail is an incredible alternative. The trail leads you through frozen meadows, forests, and orchards. Adorable torches are in place to light your way at night as well.

Discovery Harbour Skate Trail

Price: $8

When: Weather permitting.

Address: 93 Jury Dr. Penetanguishene, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy frosty bay views on this 1.5-kilometer ice skating trail. An excellent way to enjoy a historic Ontario site in the winter.

Richmond Green Skate Trail

Price: Free

When: Daily 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. weather permitting.

Address: 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E, Richmond Hill, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can glide through 250 meters worth of natural frozen beauty while music plays in the background. Enjoy heated change rooms and adorable lights in the evening as well.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

Price: $10.84

When: Weather permitting.

Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy all of the winter beauty Muskoka has to offer from the infamous skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park. Skate through snow-covered trees and warm up at one of the warm-up shelters nearby. There is also an open fire pit on top of the tubing hill where you can get toasty.

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