Planning to hit the ice this winter? The City of Toronto has a lending library where you can get free skate rentals and equipment!

The mobile lending library is actually a van that visits various public outdoor rinks every weekend throughout the season, providing rentals to locals of all ages.

No reservation is required. All you have to do is check the schedule to find out where the lending library will be stationed, and show up for your rentals.

The available equipment includes skates, helmets, and skating aids. There are many different sizes available, so you are likely to find the right fit for you.

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The schedule is weather and snowfall-dependent, so don’t forget to check the status of the rink before you head out to ensure that it’s open.

With skating rinks opening on November 25th, here is the schedule for the Skate Lending Library in December:

Riverdale Park Outdoor Rink
550 Broadview Ave.
Friday, December 1, 2023 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Colonel Samuel Smith Trail
65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.
Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Otter Creek Outdoor Rink
140 Cheritan Ave.
Sunday, December 3, 2023- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunnydale Outdoor Rink
50 Amoro Dr.
Friday, December 8, 2023- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail (College Park)
420 Yonge St.
Saturday, December 9, 2023- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Giovanni Caboto Outdoor Rink
1367 St. Clair Ave. West
Sunday, December 10, 2023- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Hodgson Outdoor Rink
276 Davisville Ave
Friday, December 15, 2023- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trinity-Bellwoods Outdoor Rink
790 Queen St. West
Saturday, December 16, 2023- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

North Toronto Memorial Outdoor Rink
200 Eglinton Ave. West
Sunday, December 17, 2023- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can see the complete schedule on the City of Toronto’s website.

We love to embrace the winter season, and there’s no better way to do it than on the ice!