Even though Wiarton Willie predicted an early end to winter this year, there’s still plenty of time to lace up your skates and get out for a glide on one of the area’s many outdoor skating rinks and trails.
Here’s a few of our favourites:
The Simcoe County Museum skating trail: This one-kilometre trail offers a spectacular opportunity to enjoy some fresh air. Skating trail hours, weather permitting, are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Starbucks at Webers outdoor rink: This NHL-sized rink opened in December at the popular Webers and Starbucks location on Highway 11 northbound. The rink is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., subject to maintenance and flooding.
Discovery Harbour skating trail: This skate trail at the Penetanguishene historic site creates a unique winter experience. Along with outdoor skating, the site offers the chance to cook bannock over an open fire, rent snowshoes and fat bikes, slide down a snow-tube run and play Crokicurl (a hybrid of crokinole and curling).
Woodview Mountaintop Skating: Sharpen your skates for a fun cruise along this ice-skating loop while enjoying extraordinary views ofthe Niagara Escarpment. You can rent skates and afterward you can enjoy a hot chocolate while taking in the beauty of Blue Mountain.
Arrowhead Provincial Park: This 1.3-kilometre trail located in the Huntsville area winds through the thick Muskoka forest. The park also hosts Fire and Ice nights on a few select dates throughout the winter where you can skate under the light of hundreds of tiki torches. The trail is open all week long.
Get outdoors and make winter your new friend! Tag us in your photos on social media @georgiancollege