Though the skating season in Ontario typically begins in January, it’s never too early to plan your winter trips ahead. There are a handful of skating trails and pathways offering the best winter experience in Ontario.

From night skates to free skating trails, Ontario has it all! Ditch those skating rinks and be one with nature.

Here are 5 skating trails and pathways you can explore in Ontario this winter season

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Hanna Park Ice Skating Trail

This trail is a free-to-use skating experience that spans 200 meters of open ice. It usually opens right after the New Year. According to Ontario Trails, the skating trail is run by volunteers who aim to maintain the experience running for as long as it can. It’s worth the road trip up north.

Where: Bailey St, Port Carling, ON

Colonel Samuel Smith Park


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Tucked away, next to the Power House Recreation Centre near Humber Lakeshore campus, you’ll find the Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail. It’s in the shape of a figure-8 so you can do an infinite amount of laps this winter.

Where: 65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Road

Rideau Canal Skateway


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If you’re looking for a great skating experience, head to Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway. It’s the world’s largest skating rink and welcomes more than half a million people every year. Last year they open their skating season to the public in January so we could expect the same to occur this winter season.

Where: Ottawa

Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Provincial Park’s skating trail is a stunner, especially at night. According to the park, the availability of skating is weather dependent but it usually opens in January.

Where: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville, ON

Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery Ice Trail

Discover this 1.2 km ice trail that loops around 12 acres of cranberries, this winter. The ice trail opens annually on December 27 and welcomes all for a day of some fun in the snow. And on Saturday nights, the trail is lit with 400 tiki torches for “Light the Night” night skating. How cool is that?!

Where: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery – 1074 Cranberry Road, Bala