12 Outdoor Skating Trails In Ontario That Feel Like Gliding Through An Enchanted Forest

Skate along orchards, forested parks & fields of cranberries.

Ottawa Staff Writer
12 Outdoor Skating Trails In Ontario That Feel Like Gliding Through An Enchanted Forest

Make the most of the winter wonderland that comes with living in Canada, by skating outdoors through magical forested trails.

These 12 Ontario skating trails offer beautiful views and fun events that are worth the day trip for an epic skating experience.

Arrowhead Provincial Park Skating Trail

Price: $12.25+ per vehicle

When: January (exact dates TBA)

Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd., Huntsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: A 1.3-kilometre ice trail weaves through Muskoka's dense forests. They host Fire and Ice Nights where you can skate by illuminated torches at night.

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Cranberry Skating Trail

Price: TBA

When: Exact dates TBA

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can cruise around 12-acres of frozen cranberries on a 1.2-kilometre skating trail loop. You can play hockey, enjoy a wine tour on-site or trek along snowshoe trails.

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RiverOak Skating Trail

Price: $13.50 per person

When: December (exact dates TBA)

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

Why You Need To Go: You will skate through orchards and forests on a 3.5-kilometre skating trail, surrounded by twinkly lights. There are fire pits and snacks available.

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Spray Lake Ice Trail

Price: $25+ per person

When: January (exact dates TBA)

Address: 18205 Keele St., King Township, ON

Why You Need To Go: This picturesque ice trail is a 2-kilometre loop that winds along a frozen lake. There is also an ice pad you can rent for a private skate.

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Rideau Canal Skateway

Price: Free

When: Late December or January (Exact dates TBA)

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is the world's largest outdoor skating rink and a UNESCO world heritage site. The full length is 7.8-kilometre long, winding through the heart of Ottawa.

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Richmond Green Skate Trail

Price: Free

When: December (exact dates TBA)

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

Why You Need To Go: Skate through the trees on this 250-metre ice trail, featuring twinkly lights during the night skate. It is right next. to an arena for abundant parking options.

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Woodview Mountaintop Skating

Price: $17+ per person

When: December or January (exact dates TBA)

Address: 201 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy views of the Niagra Escarpment as you glide along a 1.1-kilometres ice path, at the top of Blue Mountain. It is lit up with thousands of lights during the evenings. Check out the nearby ski hills!

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Nina's Way at Kivi Park

Price: $10+ per person

When: December or January (exact dates TBA)

Address: 4472 Long Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll skate through the 1.3-kilometre park ice trail, passing a forest of picturesque birch trees. There are a number of other activities to enjoy including Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

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Countryside Adventures Skating

Price: $14+ per person

When: December (exact date TBA)

Address: 16495 Sixth Rd., Moose Creek, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a 3-kilometre ice path through a beautifully forested trail. They also have snowshoe trails and a tubing hill.

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Island Lake Ice Skating Trail

Price: $6.50 per person

When: TBA

Address: 673067 Hurontario St, Orangeville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a scenic backdrop of trees as you skate along a 1-kilometre outdoor skating trail.

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Colonel Samuel Smith Park Skating Trail

Price: Free

When: Open as of November 27, 2021

Address: 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can skate along on a 250-metre figure-eight ice path through a park full of trees and wildlife. The park is nestled on the banks of Lake Ontario.

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Laurentian Valley Skating Trail

Price: Free, donations welcome

When: January (exact dates TBA)

Address: 2 Henan Rd., Pembroke, ON

Why You Need To Go: It is a dreamy spot to glide through a forest on the 1.5-kilometres skating trail. There are special events for night skating illuminated by twinkling string lights. A 2-km snowshoe trail parallels the skating trail.

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