With country-wide closures and a desperate need to get out of our houses, outdoor skating trails have practically popped up everywhere that ice can be frozen. Despite not being able to travel right now, we encourage you guys to plan ahead for next winter when we’ll be able to visit parts unseen. In the spirit of looking forward and building a master itinerary, here is our great Canadian bucket list of skating trails across the country!
Skate your way through Muskoka’s beautiful Farm and Winery! No matter the day of the week, this particular ice trail is pretty magical, but every Saturday night is when it really comes to life. Lit entirely by 400 torches and fairy lights this place is cozy, incredibly photogenic, and super romantic.
Where: 1074 Cranberry Road, Bala, Ontario
At 29.98 km, the Windermere Lake Whiteway is the largest in the entire world. Located a short drive from the Lussier, Radium, AND Fairmont Hot Springs this incredible skating trail is not only a record-breaker but is super convenient for vacationers looking to also hit other popular attractions.
Where: Invermere, British Columbia – See directions here
Brick Work’s indoor/outdoor iceway is one of a kind, in fact, it’s one of the most unique in the entire country. If you’re ever in the area make sure to bundle up, lace up your skates and glide through the iconic Toronto brick factory after sundown to experience it for yourself! Plus, after you’ve tired your ankles out, there’s always a ton of stuff to see and do in Evergreen!
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Victoria IceWay Trail is a stunning loop that weaves in and out of trees and gardens then opens up into the inner city park Pavillion. This beautiful spot is colourful, lively, and totally free to the public. Who the heck can’t get on board with that?!
Where: 12030 River Valley Rd NW, Edmonton
Not to be mistaken for the torch-lit trail at the Muskoka Winery, Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail is another gorgeous Ontario spot. Revered for its Fire & Ice nights has become a hot spot for love birds, families, and tourists looking to experience some winter magic.
Where: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville, ON
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Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is perhaps the most well-known skating trail in the entire country. Stretching from the capital’s downtown area to Hartwells Locks 7.8 km away, Rideau Canal is not only used by those looking to get in a leisurely skate, but also those who actually need to get from point A, to point B. We love when beauty meets function!
Where: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON
Au natural! Lac Des Loups in Quebec is an incredible little trail that winds through a snow-covered forest. Skate across 3 km of ice, get some fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature either alone or with your friends and family.
Where: 9, Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups, Québec
Imagine if Santa’s workshop was spread alongside a few miles of ice. That’s Gage Park Trail. This Ontario loop is beautiful, bright, fun, and is as lively as it gets in the dead of wintertime. Grab the hand of someone special, ogle the lights and get some fresh air at this bucket list-worthy spot!
Where: 45 Main St S, Brampton, ON
Last but not least, we head to the prairies where Winnipeg has transformed its popular Forks area into a gigantic skating trail fit for the wildest of gliders. This year it’s bigger and better than ever, but we have to admit the famous Winnipeg cold would be pretty harsh to skate through. Bundle up and enjoy!
There you have it, friends! Our great Canadian bucket list of skating trails across the country. Lace-up, have fun, and be safe out there!