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.

Skaters have until Sunday, March 19th to get their free skate rentals, as this is the last date on the lending library’s schedule.

Here is the schedule for this coming weekend:

Colonel Samuel Smith Park – Skating Trail

When: January 20th, 4 PM to 8 PM
Where: 65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Ramsden Park – Skating Rink

When: January 21st, 1 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 1020 Yonge Street

Giovanni Caboto – Skating Rink

When: January 22nd, 1 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: 1367 St. Clair Avenue West

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

There are so many scenic spots to skate in our city and province.

Among the most popular are the torch-lit trails at Arrowhead Provincial Park and Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery.

Woodview Mountaintop Skating is back for the season at Blue Mountain. The 1.1 km ice skating loop is located at the top of Blue Mountain and offers incredible views of the Niagara Escarpment.

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