13 Countryside Skating Trails in Ontario
Whether you’re a beginner just learning to balance on your blades, or you can skate like a pro, you’ll love these gorgeous places to go ice skating in Ontario. Check the weather conditions before you go and make sure the rink or trail is open.
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Take a mini break in beautiful Ottawa Valley and stay overnight at the Calabogie Peaks Resort, where you can experience pond skating set against the picturesque backdrop behind the resort or join a game of pick-up hockey.
Lace up in the comfort of a spacious log cabin, then glide along the twists and turns of the 3 km frozen trail through apple orchards, forests and meadows. There’s even space to play hockey, so bring your sticks and puck. RiverOak Skating Trail is just half an hour from downtown Ottawa.
The Ice Trail at MacGregor Point, on the shores of Lake Huron, is a 400 metre loop and is gorgeous when it’s lit up at night for skating under the stars.
Location: Port Elgin
Woodview promises spectacular views, tiki torches and 1.1 km of Niagara Escarpment mountaintop trail to skate at Ontario’s most popular snow destination.
Location: The Blue Mountains
Skate the enchanting 1.5 km trail through forested countryside at Fern, an all-inclusive gem on Lake Couchiching. The best part: there`s a midway resting area with an open fire pit. Skating trail packages are also available to include a meal with a skating experience if you want to make this a day trip.
Glide along 2 km of ice trail through farm woodlands and wave to the farm animals that you pass. It’s not all coasting, though. There are some challenging small hills to ascend, but nothing short of fun. Fun fact: this trail was designed by the same landscape architects behind the Arrowhead skate trail.
Show off your spins and spirals on this 1.2 km loop around the cranberry fields at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, followed by hot mulled wine and local cheese by an open fire. Stay longer on Saturday evenings to enjoy skating under the moon and admire over 400 tiki torches lit around the Ice Trail. Winter was made for this.
Just an hour south of Ottawa, Perth Outfitter has a 400 metre looped skateway that meanders through the forest and along the Tay Canal. Snack on hot beverages and Timbits in the log cabin clubhouse and toast marshmallows on the campfire outside. Enjoy lantern light skating on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The trendsetter. It’s no secret that the trail at Arrowhead is epic. It reaches maximum capacity on the weekends, so consider a mid-week jaunt to Huntsville and enjoy some après-skate at one of many resorts in the area.
Visit the Great One’s winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake and skate a few laps around the outdoor skating rink. Rentals are available and check out featured events like Saturday DJ nights. Wind down at the heated patio with a glass of signature wine or whisky.
In the rural countryside of Southeastern Ontario, the small town of Moose Creek is home to one of the best skating trails in the region. The woods and waterways that make up this outdoor activity destination are transformed into well maintained ice trails that are perfect for a day of skating. Enjoy tasty treats from the food truck when you’re ready to refuel.
Location: Moose Creek
The Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail is under one km, so it’s perfect for beginners. This scenic loop trail will have you skating past the heritage buildings and hiking trails surrounding the museum, creating a truly unique experience. There’s also a nearby snowshoe trail to extend your winter adventure.
About an hour north of Toronto in York Region, this scenic spot near Glenville transforms into an ice-skating trail each winter. Spray Lake is spacious enough for ice hockey as well as ice skating, and you’ll love the views of the wintry woods nearby as you skate along this large loop.
Last updated: January 19, 2022