The City of Toronto is bringing back its Welcome T.O. Winter program. Throughout the next two weeks, Welcome T.O. Winter will open 52 outdoor ice rinks across the city, offering free public leisure skate, shinny, leisure figure skate, instructional learn-to-skate and beginner instructional hockey programs, as well as new ringette and women’s shinny opportunities.
Thirty-eight ice rinks opened last weekend and operate until March 19, 2023. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 14 additional rinks will open, operating until Feb. 26, 2023. Two locations, Dufferin Grove Park and Ledbury Park, will open once capital construction work is complete. Outdoor rinks will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Natural ice rinks will open in January 2023, weather permitting.
As weather fluctuates, skaters are encouraged to check the status of their local rink before heading out.
New this year as part of Welcome T.O. Winter, the city is introducing a ringette pilot program at six locations. Participants six years old and older can drop in and participate. Ringette is a non-contact sport played on an ice rink with a ringette ring and ringette stick. Pre-enrollment is not required and, beginning in early December, participants will be able to borrow equipment from select locations.
To help grow and encourage women’s participation and excellence in hockey, the city is also increasing the number of locations and time slots offering women’s shinny. This winter, 29 locations across the city will have dedicated time slots available for women’s shinny.
More information on skating and ice programming in the city, safety requirements, locations and hours of supervised skate, are on the city’s skating webpage.
As part of Welcome T.O. Winter, many of the city’s park amenities will remain open throughout the winter season:
• More than 1,500 parks
• 28 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto
• 54 artificial outdoor ice rinks and skate trails
• Seven snow loops for walking and snowshoeing at four of the city’s golf courses
• Skiing and snowboarding at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. (weather and snowfall dependent)
• 143 locations with park washrooms available through the winter months including 52 park washrooms, 47 outdoor rink washrooms and 44 locations with portable toilets
• 70 outdoor table tennis and 60 outdoor chess tables
• 30 parks with outdoor fitness equipment and the archery range in E.T. Seton Park, 73 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
• 24 fire pits available for booking
• Outdoor sports courts, including 50 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis (snow is not cleared from courts)
• Seven disc golf locations open year-round
• Five outdoor bake ovens available for booking
Residents can learn more at the city’s Welcome T.O. Winter webpage.