The only way to get through the winter in Canada is to embrace it. Get out there and have fun.
And when it comes to skating, you want a little outdoor atmo. A good old-fashioned outdoor rink complete with hot chocolate and music is just the thing for winter family fun, so we set out to find the best rinks in and around the GTA for you.
Harbourfront Natrel Rink is often listed as the best rink in the city—and we have to agree. You can take in a view of the lake, listen to music and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks right downtown. Parking is available next to the rink (not prohibitively expensive and not that much lugging of skates and kids to the rink) and the skating is free. Skate rentals and skate sharpening services are available, as is night skating with lights, music and bevvies. Good to know: Snack food is available but we recommend bringing your own lunch if you go during the day. It gets crowded on the weekends but less so in early evening and not at all during the weekdays. Some Friday nights they have DJ’s so you can channel your inner Dorothy Hamill (without the hairdo) and do a little ice-dancing.