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Make like an Olympic luger
Riverdale Park gets all the props when it comes to extreme tobogganing. But further north, the slopes of Earl Bales Park rate as the wildest for miles around. We'll forget for the moment that this Mount Everest of a run is actually a ski hill. And that technically it's illegal to go down this icy behemoth on anything but skis. There's usually no one watching once the ski centre closes (at 9:30 pm weekdays, 8 pm Saturdays, 6 pm Sundays). And the floods stay on, so there's no danger of trees popping out of nowhere.
• Adams Park, northwest of Lawson/Port Union
• Bickford Park, Harbord south of Bloor
• Cedarbrook Park, 91 East Park, south of Markham/Lawrence
• Cedarvale Park, 133 Arlington, south of Eglinton, west of Bathurst
• Centennial Park, Eglinton and Centennial Park Rd, west of Rathburn
• Christie Pits, 750 Bloor West, at Christie
• High Park, Bloor and High Park Blvd
• Milliken Park, McCowan and Steeles
• Moore Park, from Moore east of Hudson in Rosedale to the Brick Works
• Riverdale Park, Broadview south of Montcrest
• Thomson Memorial Park, Brimley and Lawrence
• Trinity Bellwoods Park, between Queen and Dundas at Crawford
• Withrow Park, 750 Logan, south of Danforth
• Winston Churchill Park, Spadina and St. Clair
Ski in High Park or Edwards Gardens (777 Lawrence East). The Albion Hills Conservation Centre (16500 Hwy 50, Caledon) offers 26 km of groomed and track-set trails for all skill levels. For up-to-date conditions, call 905-880-0227 or visit trcaparks.ca.
The Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (256 Centennial Park, 416-394-8754, 416-338-6754 for snow conditions) offers everything from equipment rentals to ski and snowboard classes for all ages and skill levels, as does the Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (4169 Bathurst, 416-395-7931, 416-338-6754 for snow conditions).
For the latest conditions on the slopes and trails for alpine and cross-country skiing in Ontario, call 1-800-668-2746. For info on other outdoor winter activities, visit:
Snowshoes aren't allowed on cross-country ski trails, so make your own in parks and conservation areas. Check trails.com for tips in the GTA.
Lace 'em up at one of the dozens of rinks across the city, including City Hall, Harbourfront Centre, Ramsden Park, Dufferin Grove, Christie Pits, Grenadier Pond, High Park and Kew Gardens. For updated rink information, call 416-338-RINK (7465) or visit toronto.ca/skate.
Photo By Berge Arabian
The rules are simple: the puck stays on the ice, there are no goalies and no body contact. Helmet and gloves are required. Call 416-338-RINK for shinny hours at individual rinks.