Ice skating in the city

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Toronto, January 8 (CINEWS): There is no need to hunker down all through winter, it might actually be a good idea to go ice skating or atleast watch Torontonians glide about. Listed below are some of the city’s most popular ice skating rinks.

Nathan Phillips Square
Located right in front of City Hall, the Nathan Phillips rink tends to get pretty crowded – a disadvantage if you’re hoping for lots of space, or an advantage if you like to meet (or watch) new people. Either way, you can’t beat the location, right smack in the middle of the downtown skyscrapers.

The Natrel Rink
Harbourfront Centre offers more than high culture; it also houses this popular, free rink by the lake, complete with heated indoor change rooms and its own rink-side bar & grill. Natrel hosts a DJ skate night every Saturday evening, for those who want to combine skating with a nightclubbing atmosphere.

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Evergreen Brick Works
Visiting the skating trail at Evergreen is the best way to feel like you’re skating in the middle of the country – without leaving the city. It’s the most family-friendly rink in Toronto; children younger than twelve require supervision, but Evergreen provides safety helmets for all skaters under the age of eighteen.

Colonel Samuel Smith Park
Less crowded and unique to the city, this rustic skating trail at Kipling and Lakeshore runs in a figure-eight pattern that wraps around trees, covering a 250-metre length with only four and a half metres’ width. You can follow your skate with a hike through the park’s trail network, connected to the rink via a walkway.

Mel Lastman Square
For northern peeps who don’t feel like making the trek downtown, this rink at the North York Centre is the biggest and best local one. Offers pickup hockey for both kids and adults as well as public skating sessions, with change rooms and a refreshment bar.

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Celebration Square, Mississauga
For those in Mississauga, Celebration Square comes alive. It’s where you go to people watch or enjoy some time skating and listening to peppy music while doing so.

Gage Park
It is really picturesque and has great atmosphere. Over the years it has been the place where skating enthusiasts come to enjoy the winter wonderland. Even if you just go to people watch make sure you try the hot chocolate that is sold there.

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