Hit up a few of these magnificent outdoor ice extravaganzas
One of the saving graces of living in Barrie during the behemoth that is winter is the plethora of cold season sport options. Hitting the rink for a game of shinny. Breaking out the skis for a trip down the slopes. Snowmobiling across the open fields.
And of course, the simple pleasure of open ice skating. And while there are a bunch of nearby rinks to get your glide on, there are also a ton of trails around the region worthy of a day trip.
Scroll on for a few suggestions!
6 Outdoor Skating Trails To Check Out
Cranberry Marsh Ice Trail
Skate a fantastic 1.2 kilometre circuit surrounded by a one of a kind setting: 12 kilometres of cranberries! There are plenty of stop off points along the way, including the waterfalls and an inviting campfire. When your trip is done, mosey on back to the winery for a hot mulled wine or hot cran-apple cider.
Light the Night: Torchlight skating every Saturday night from 6 pm – 9 pm (weather permitting)
Cost: $10 adults
$8 kids 12 & under
Address: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
1074 Cranberry Road, Bala
Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail
Enjoy this 1.3 km skating trail that winds through the Muskoka forest. The trail is illuminated by hundreds of tiki torches during select nights!
Cost: Admission to provincial park. Skiing extra.
Address: Arrowhead Provincial Park — 7 km north of Huntsville
Discovery Harbour Skate Trail
History buffs in particular will enjoy the experience of skating along the unique 1.5 km skate trail at Discovery Harbour, nestled along the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay.
Cost: Admission is $8.00 per person. Children 5 and under are FREE
Address: Discovery Harbour, 93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail
Cruise along this 1 kilometer skating trail that takes you in and around the museum’s heritage buildings and wooded surroundings.
Address: 1151 Highway 26, Minesing
Richmond Hill Green Skating Trail
Richmond Green Skating Trail is a 250 metre trek through the park, located next to Tom Graham Arena. It’s great for night trips as well as it is lit for evening skating.
Address: 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill
Island Lake Ice Skating Trail
A 1 km straight skating trail maintained along the main lakeside of the Island Lake Conservation Park. When Lake freezes in the dead of winter, the trail makes for the perfect winter escape!
Location: Island Lake Conservation Area, 673067 Hurontario Street South, Orangeville
Children (6-14): $2.65
Senior (60 and over): $4.43
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