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Looking for Toronto iceskating rinks? Here is a Skating in Toronto rink review.
Are Toronto rinks as good as Montreal’s?
It’s hard to beat the Quay’s Rink in Montreal, where I skated last winter. Scenically sitting at the edge of the harbour in Old Montreal, with fun tunes, convenient skate rentals and an ice tent that serves hot chocolate or cocktails in an ice glass, the rink has everything a lazy skater like me could want.
How do Toronto rinks compare?
I guess the closest would be our own Harbourfront. The pluses here include skate rentals and DJ Saturdays from 8-11 p.m. The downside? Crowded!
The rink at Nathan Philips Square (City Hall) 100 Queen St W is crowded, too, though the lights are festive and convenient skate sharpening facilities are available at nearby Canadian Tire (5$). My advice, go to Sportchek instead in the Eaton Centre. It’s $4, there’s less of a line up and the machine isn’t as likely to break down.
What about the smaller rinks? Last year, without skates of my own, I was restricted to Harbourfront but now that I’m the proud owner of a pair of Nike N-Dorfin (endorphin, get it?) Flow CTC Skates, I’m free! I’m free! Here’s what I’ve checked out so far:
Toronto rink review
1) Riverdale Park East Rink
Located on Broadview at Moncrest just south of the Danforth, the rink has a skyline view of the city, but no music and the ice was a bit crusty around the goalie nets. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it because I fell on my ass.
2) Withrow Park Rink
Withrow Rink is at 725 Logan Ave. After falling at Riverdale, I was scared to get back on the ice. The problem is that I have no balance without figure skating toe picks and my new skates are hockey skates. Still, Withrow is a good place to get over ice terror because this is kiddie central and hardly anyone can skate. In fact, a lot of those toddlers can’t even walk. If you go on a Sunday afternoon like I did, be prepared to dodge kamikaze 6-year olds in helmets and agressive small ones pushing walkers. Still, even without music the atmosphere is friendly and lively. My rating: not bad if you’re four years old.
3) Rosedale Rink
Located on Roxborough Ave at Schofield, it’s tricky to find but this is my fav rink so far. The lighting is excellent and, on a Tuesday night during Pleasure Skating hours, my boyfriend and I had the rink to ourselves! Finally, I could get over my fear of my new toe-pick-less skates. And even though I still move like a penguin heading to sea, I’m much more comfortable on the ice. And just FYI, single women should skate on a Tuesday between 7 and 8:00 p.m. because you get to enjoy a quiet skate and then at 8, the rink fills with hot-looking hockey players. I’m just sayin’ …
4) Christie Pits Rink
My friend Sherel plays hockey at the Christie Pits Rink at 779 Crawford Street. She recommends the rink because of its smooth ice and scenic setting in the park valley. She also likes Dufferin Rink at 875 Dufferin Street because of its snack stand that serves homemade perogies, vegetarian chilli, organic hot chocolate and cookies. Cookies? All rinks should have cookies.
For times and directions to one of Toronto’s 48 outdoor rinks, here’s the official site. Happy sliding.