Skate, snowboard or ski in and around Toronto at any of these public spots
Albion Hills Conservation Area 1,200 acres w/ 26K of groomed and track-set trails for all cross-country skiing levels equipment rentals. Wkdys 9 am-4 pm, wknds till 4:30 pm in Jan and 5 pm in Feb and Mar. $12, srs $9, child $5, family $30. Half- day (after 1 pm) admission available. 16500 Hwy 50, 8K north of Bolton. Snow conditions/info 905-880-4855, 1-800-838-9921.
algonquin park Cross-country, classic, skate-ski and dogsledding trails on over 100K of trails, with loops from 5 to 24K. Permits at the east and west gates, open daily 9 am-4 pm. Daily vehicle permit $10-$12. 705-633-5572, firstname.lastname@example.org for event details. www.algonquinpark.on.ca.
arrowhead park 22K of track-set, cross-country ski trails, 11K of skate-skiing trails, 8K of snowshoe trails. Tubing, skiing lessons, skating, hiking and more. Permits at the east and west gates, open daily 9 am-4 pm. Trail pass $8, srs $6.40, youth $4, family $24, under six free. Daily vehicle permit $9. 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville. 705-789-5105, www.ontarioparks.com.
BLUE MOUNTAIN Ontario’s highest and largest mountain resort, two hours north of Toronto, has skiing/snowboarding on 34 trails, three half-pipes including two super-pipes, three terrain parks with 12 lifts, a snow-tubing park and offers night skiing. Special events throughout the winter. Lift tickets $42-$60, stu/srs $28-$39. 11K west of Collingwood. 705-445-0231, www.bluemountain.ca.
CHICOPEE Snowboarders, skiiers and tubing enthusiasts enjoy day and night fun on 14 runs on 36 acres of terrain, with lessons and rentals available. Mon to Sat 8:30 am-9:30 pm, Sun to 4:30 pm. $23-$34, stu/srs $22-$31, youth $19-$29, under 6 free. 396 Morrison, Kitchener. 519-894-5610, www.skichicopee. com.
DAGMAR Alpine, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and night skiing on 14 trails through late Mar, northeast of Ajax. Terrain park, children’s program, ski school and full equipment rentals. Alpine hours 10 am to 10 pm, cross-country 10 am to 4:30 pm. Alpine $34-$40, srs/stu $30-$35. Cross-country trail pass $12-$14, srs/stu $10-$12. 1220 Lakeridge, Ashburn. 905-649-2002, www. skidagmar.com.
DEVIL’S ELBOW Family resort offers alpine and cross-country skiing a short drive from Oshawa. Lessons and equipment rentals. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Lift tickets $40-$45, stu $35-$40, srs/child $28-$33. Cross-country trail ticket $10. 878 Bethany Hills Rd, Bethany. 705-277-2012, www.devilselbow.com.
ganaraska forest centre Challenging groomed and track-set ski trails through 35K of pines and hardwood, open daily. Forest membership $25, family $40, ski permit $40, family $7, day use skiing $8. Cold Springs Camp Rd east of Kendal, west of Elizabethville, Port Hope. 905-797-2721, email@example.com.
georgian nordic ski Cross-country skiing on 25K of back-country, performance and classic trails through forested terrain. $8-$10, stu $4-$6, under 6 free, fam $20-$25. 9 Mile Lake Rd, off Hwy 124, 7K east of Parry Sound. 705-746-5067 (seasonal), www.georgiannordic. com.
GLEN EDEN Alpine, cross-country and night skiing, snowboarding and tubing through early Apr, women’s and children’s programs, lessons and full equipment rentals. Mon to Sat 10 am to 10 pm, Sun 10 am to 4:30 pm. Lift tickets $29-$32, stu/srs $25-$30, under four $7-$9. 5234 Kelso Rd, Milton. 905-878-5011 ext 221 or 222, www.gleneden.on.ca.
gravenhurst nordic trails Skiers and snowshoers of all levels can enjoy 15K of groomed and track-set trails, some night skiing on lit trails, with rentals, warm-up huts. Read Road E, off Gravenhurst Parkway. 705-687-2333.
haliburton forest Wildlife reserve offers hiking, snowmobiling and dogsledding. Housekeeping units and log cabin rentals available. Wolf Centre open Fri-Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Day use $35 per snowmobile, $10 passenger. Dogsledding runs $65-$185. County Road 7, Haliburton. 705-754-2198, www.haliburtonforest.com.
Hardwood hills nordic ski centre Groomed trails for beginners to experts just north of Barrie off Hwy 11, for classic cross-country, skating, back-country skiing and snowshoeing. Rentals, lessons and discounts on frequency passes. Day pass $17.50-$20, srs/stu $15-$17.50, child $12.50 half-day $17.50, child $12.50. Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am-5 pm. RR#1, Oro Station. 705-487-3775, snow phone 1-800-387-3775, www.hardwoodhills. on. ca.
HIDDEN VALLEY Muskoka resort offers adult and children’s skiing and snowboarding programs seven days a week, with full equipment rentals. Lift tickets for wknds, two days consecutive, night skiing or hourly $24-$42. 1665 Hidden Valley Road, Huntsville. 705-789-1773, snow phone 1-800-398-9555, www. skihiddenvalley.on.ca.
HIGHLANDS NORDIC Niagara Escarpment nature on 17K of ski trails, with rentals of skis, snowshoes, pulkas (baby gliders), waxing and lessons. Wkdays 9 am to 4:30 pm, wkends 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. $10-$15, stu/srs $9-$10, under 7 free. Toboganning $2. 10th line, south of County Rd 91, 10 min south of Collingwood, near Duntroon. 1-800-263-5017, 705-444-5017, www.highlandsnordic.on.ca.
HOCKLEY VALLEY Near Orangeville, this resort offers alpine and cross-country skiing and night skiing (Tue to Sat 5 to 10 pm) on 11 trails, a ski school and full equipment rentals. Wkdays 9:30 am to 4 pm, wkends 9 am to 4:30 pm. Lift tickets $31-$38, under five/over 65 $8-$15, family Fri nights $49. 793522 Third Line E. 416-363-5490, 519-942-0754, www. hockley. com.
HORSESHOE RESORT Four-season resort northeast of Barrie offers alpine skiing day and night, cross-country skiing and snowboarding lessons, tubing, 23 downhill runs, 35K of trails, two half-pipes and moonlight ski nights. Alpine tickets $38-$43, stu $30-$35, jrs/srs $25-$30, beginners $21-$26. 5 and under free. Cross-country trail pass $8-$17. 416-283-2988, 1-800-461-5627, www.horseshoeresort.com.
kawartha nordic Ski through the Peterborough Crown Game Preserve on 30K of groomed classic trails, 12K skating trails and 10K of wilderness trails. Log cabins along the trails w/ wood stoves for picnics. $10 person, $30 per car. Hwy 28, past Burleigh Falls, just north of Haultain. www.kawarthanordic.ca.
KORTRIGHT CENTRE Conservation area has 6K of trails for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers in a natural setting, daily 10 am-4:30 pm (weather permitting). $5, srs $4, child free (except special events). No equipment rentals. Parking $3. 9550 Pine Valley, south of Major Mackenzie, Kleinburg. 905-832-2289, www.trca.on.ca.
LAKERIDGE SKI RESORT Half an hour northeast of Toronto, this facility offers a half-pipe and terrain park along with alpine skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Lift tickets $32-$45.50, srs/stu $30.50-$37.50, evenings $32 hourly, night and six-pack discounts. 790 Chalk Lake Road, north of Whitby. 905-686-3607, snow phone 905-686-SNOW, www.ski-lakeridge. com.
MANSFIELD Private club on weekends, open to the public Wed to Fri for alpine skiing on 15 trails, terrain park and border skiercross. Lift tickets $27-$47, child/srs $22-$36. Wed-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm. Airport Rd north of Hwy 89 (north of Alliston). 1-800-461-1212, www. mansfieldskiclub.com.
MOUNT ST LOUIS/moonstone Double resort has alpine skiing and snowboarding, 20K north of Barrie through early Apr, with 36 trails and 13 lifts. Lift tickets $38-$43, child/srs $25-$37. 24 Mt St Louis Rd, Coldwater. Ski reports 416-368-6900, www.mountstlouis.com.
northumberland forest Trails are not groomed here on a daily basis, but this hilly reforested area is close enough to offer a quiet day with nature in winter. 14.5K north of Cobourg, off County Rd 45, on Beagle Club Road, past Baltimore. www.northumberland. ca.
OSHAWA SKI CLUB Alpine skiing and snowboarding on 24 trails south of Peterborough, in Kirby, plus equipment rentals and lessons through early Apr. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm, Tue-Fri evgs (to Mar 17) to 10 pm. Lift tickets $30-$42, stu/srs $28-$34, child $21-$28. 4098 Regional Road 9 (Ganaraska Road), Orono. 905-983-7669, 1-877-672-2582, www.oshawaskiclub. com.
sir sam’s Cross-country, alpine and snowboarding in the Haliburton Highlands. Lessons and rentals. Wed to Fri 9:30 am -4 pm, wkends 9:30 am-4:30 pm. $30-$38, stu $27-$35, child $20-$30. Sir Sam’s Rd, off Rd 14 near Eagle Lake, Haliburton. 705-754-2298, www.sirsams.com.
ski sauble cross country Classic nordic ski trails near Sauble Provincial Park. Day use $8, under 12 free. 931 Sauble Falls Parkway, Sauble Beach. 519-422-1996.
SNOW VALLEY An hour north of Toronto in Barrie, with 18 runs, alpine skiing, night skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing through early Apr. Discovery skiing beginners packages avail. Open 8:30 am-10 pm Tue-Sat, to 4 pm Mon and to 8 pm Sun. Lift tickets $28-$46, stu/srs $24-$42, under 6 years $8. 416-366-7669, 705-721-7669, www.skisnowvalley.com.
TALISMAN MOUNTAIN RESORT Alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross-country trails and a ski school with group and private lessons in Beaver Valley. Rental equipment. Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm, Sat-Sun to 4:30 pm. Lift tickets $34-$44, stu/srs $31, child $29. 20 min southwest of Collingwood, in Kimberley. 1-800-265-3759, 519-599-2520, www. talisman.ca.
wasaga beach nordic Trails through protected natural area for all levels of skiers and snowshoers on 30K of groomed classic and skating trails. Lessons, rentals, warm-up shelters. Weekdays 9 am-5 pm, wkends 8 am-5 pm. $8, stu $4, srs $6.40, family $24. River Road, Wasaga Beach. 705-429-0943, www.wasagaduners.com.
Check the following websites for outdoor winter activity info:
Snow and Road Reports: 1-800-668-2746
Outdoor ice rinks
All rinks are free and open until February 27 unless otherwise noted. Call the Rink Hotline at 416-338-RINK (7465) for more information www.toronto.ca.
barbara ann scott Single surface, pleasure skating Mon-Sat 10 am-10 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. Yonge and College. 416-392-1111.
CAMPBELL Single surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. 255 Campbell, at Antler. 416-392-0039.
CHRISTIE PITS Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny, permit, girls’ and women’s hockey, learn-to-skate and hockey lessons. 779 Crawford, Bloor and Christie. 416-392-0745.
DIEPPE PARK Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny, girls’/women’s, learn to skate and permit hockey. Cosburn east of Greenwood. 416-396-2862.
DUFFERIN GROVE Twin surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. Dufferin south of Bloor. 416-392-0039.
GIOVANNI CABOTO Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny, house-league hockey, adult and children’s skating lessons. 1369 St Clair W. 416-338-7465.
GREENWOOD Twin surface, pleasure skating daily, learn to skate lessons, shinny and women’s hockey. 870 Queen E. 416-392-0750.
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE Single surface, pleasure skating Sun-Thu 10 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat to 11 pm. Open till early Mar, weather permitting. Special DJ skating nights Jan 13 and Feb 3, 8 to 11 pm. Skate rentals $7, srs/child $6. Lessons for beginners to advanced. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4866, lessons 416-973-4093.
HARRY GAIREY Twin surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. Bathurst and Dundas. 416-392-0335.
HIGH PARK Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey. Colborne Lodge south of Bloor. 416-338-7465.
HODGSON Twin surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. Davisville east of Mt Pleasant. 416-392-0747.
JIMMIE SIMPSON Single surface, pleasure skating, skating lessons and shinny hockey. 870 Queen E, west of Logan. 416-392-0751.
KEW GARDENS Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny, permit, learn to skate, hockey skills, women’s and girls’ hockey. Lee south of Queen. 416-392-0740.
MEL LASTMAN SQUARE Single surface, pleasure skating daily from 10 am to 10 pm through Mar 19 (weather permitting). North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge. 416-392-1111, 416-395-7584.
MONARCH Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey, hockey school and skating lessons. Felstead, southwest of Danforth and Coxwell. 416-392-0752.
NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE Single surface, pleasure skating daily 9 am-10 pm till early Mar. Skate rentals. City Hall, 100 Queen W. 416-392-1111.
NORTH TORONTO MEMORIAL CC Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny and women’s hockey. 200 Eglinton W. 416-392-6591.
OTTER CREEK Twin surface, pleasure skating, and shinny hockey. Chatsworth south of Lawrence W. 416-392-0618.
RAMSDEN Twin surface, pleasure skating daily and shinny hockey. Yonge opposite Rosedale subway. 416-392-6826.
REGENT PARK NORTH Single surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. Northwest of Dundas and River. 416-392-0753.
REGENT PARK SOUTH Single surface, pleasure skating and shinny hockey. Shuter and Sumach. 416-392-5490.
RENNIE Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey. 1 Rennie Terrace, Morningside at Runnymede. 416-338-7465.
RIVERDALE Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey, skating lessons. Broadview and Montcrest. 416-392-0749.
Robert Single surface, pleasure skating, and shinny hockey. Robert and Sussex. 416-392-1111.
ROSEDALE Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey. Schofield and Roxborough. 416-392-6826.
TRINITY Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny, permit, women’s hockey, parent and child hockey and skating lessons. 155 Crawford. 416-392-0743.
WALLACE EMERSON Twin surface, pleasure skating, shinny and skating and hockey lessons. 1260 Dufferin, south of Dupont. 416-392-0039.
WITHROW Closed till the end of Jan for repairs. Single surface, pleasure skating, shinny and permit hockey and skating lessons. 725 Logan. 416-392-0749.
albion hills conservation area Ice skating, snowshoeing and toboganning along with cross-country skiing. Heated chalet, equipment rentals including snowshoes and toboggans. Trail fees $12, srs $9, child $6, family $30. Various equipment rental fees, toboggans $5. Wkdays 9 am-4 pm, wknds 9 am-4:30 pm in Jan, till 5 pm Feb and Mar. 16500 Hwy 50, 8K north of Bolton. 905-880-4855, 1-800-838-9921.
bruce trail association Explore nature in winter by hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along the Niagara Escarpment. Affordable weekend bus trips from Toronto. Trail maps. 1-800-665-HIKE, 905-529-6821, www.torontobrucetrail.org.
conservation halton Halton Region parks host various winter activities. Mountsberg (905-854-2276) has horse-drawn sleigh rides Sundays from Jan 14 to Feb 13, 1-4 pm. $12, child $8. Hilton Falls (905-854-0262) holds guided moonlight cross-country skiing Jan 13, Feb 10 and Mar 10, 6:30-9 pm. $8, child $6. Crawford Lake (905-854-0234) offers snowshoeing (rentals available) Sundays 1:30-3:30 pm to Feb 6. $12, child $8. Maps and more information: 905-336-1158, www.conservationhalton.on.ca.
HIGH PARK Moderately paced winter walking tours through Toronto’s largest green space every other Sun till May 7. Meet at park benches across from Grenadier Café at 1:30 pm. $2 donation. 416-392-1748, www.highpark.org.
hike ontario Winter nature hiking trail maps for walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Hiking leader courses and event info for hiking associations. 1-800-894-7249, 905-833-1787, www.hikeontario.com.
KORTRIGHT CENTRE Conservation area offers Siberian Husky dog sled races Jan 21-22, and Feb 25-26 from 10 am to 4 pm (weather permitting). $7, stu/srs/yth $5. Parking $3. 9550 Pine Valley, south of Major Mackenzie, Kleinburg. 905-832-2289, www.trca.on.ca.
MANSFIELD 3,000 acres of Dufferin County Forest host the Adventure Challenge, an eight-hour, 30K three-person-team winter mountain bike/cross-country ski and snowshoe race. The unmarked course is navigated by map and compass. Spectating from 9 am, transition areas and race finishing from 1 to 5 pm. Free. Team registration www.far.on. ca/2006/sac/winter. Mansfield Outdoor Centre, Airport Rd north of Hwy 89 (north of Alliston). 1-800-461-1212, www.mansfieldskiclub.com.
oak ridges trail association Organized wkend and wkday hikes, snowshoe and cross-country skiingtreks on over 200K of trails. Schedule includes descriptions of trails and the varying degrees of difficulty for beginner to expert hikers. 1-877-319-0285, 905-833-6600, www.oakridgestrail.org.
SCENIC CAVES NORDIC ADVENTURES Groomed ski trails and snowshoe trails for all levels, guided night snowshoe hikes, 300-meter-high 410-ft suspension bridge, fabulous views of Georgian Bay. Equipment rentals. 9 am to 4 :30 pm daily. Adults $12-$16, stu/srs $10-$12, under 7 free. Scenic Caves Rd, 10K west of Collingwood. 705-446-0256, www.sceniccaves. com.
TORONTO ZOO Many of the zoo’s inhabitants stay outdoors all winter. Open daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm to Mar 1. $19, srs $13, child $11, under three free. 361A Old Finch, Meadowvale north of Hwy 401. 416-392-5900, www. torontozoo. com.
WYE MARSH WILDLIFE CENTRE Groomed and track-set trails run 22K through hardwood forest for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Winter activities include guided outings, moonlight ski/snowshoe, ski races, nature programs, marsh meandering, winter picnics/cookouts. Daily 9 am to 4 pm. $6.50, stu/srs/child $5.50. 16160 Hwy 12 (Coldwater Rd), Midland. 705-526-7809, wyemarsh.com.
CENTENNIAL PARK SNOW CENTRE Etobicoke’s main park features a ski hill, T-bar and Poma lifts, night skiing/boarding, alpine and snowboard lessons and equipment rentals. Mon-Fri 10 am-9:30 pm, Sat 9 am-8 pm, Sun to 6 pm. To Mar 19. Tow tickets $10-$25, stu/srs $10-$20, child $8-$20. 256 Centennial Pk, Rathburn and Centennial Park. 416-394-8754, snow phone 416-338-6754. HIGH PARK Toronto’s largest park offers cross-country skiing daily. Parkside btwn Bloor and the Queensway. 416-392-1111, ski club info 416-537-7669.
NORTH YORK SKI CENTRE Alpine skiing, beginner and three intermediate slopes (all patrolled), chair lift and a rope tow. Ski and snowboarding lessons. Equipment rentals. Mon 1-9:30 pm, Tue-Fri 10 am-9:30 pm, Sat 9 am-8 pm, Sun to 6 pm. To Mar 19. $8-$25, stu/srs/child $8-$25. Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst, Bathurst and Sheppard. 416-395-7931, snow phone 416-338-6754.
beaches alpine ski club Bus trips for alpine skiers on Wednesdays. $160 for five bus trips, $40 per trip. 416-694-0617.
five winds ski touring Back-country ski outings with bus transportation every Sunday. 416-860-6152, www.skifivewinds.org.
high park ski Toronto’s largest travelling ski club runs Nordic and alpine skiing, fitness and outdoor events plus social activities. Ski instruction for all levels. Annual membership $180. Info nights at Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor W. 416-482-9268, www.highparkskiclub.on.ca.
north toronto ski Alpine and cross-country ski club runs wkday, wknd and chartered trips. Ski and snowboard lessons and a newsletter. Sold out this season, guest passes available. 416-763-9016. Write 106-214 Merton, Toronto M4S 1A6, or join online at www.ntsc.ca.
scarborough cross-country ski Volunteer-run Nordic ski club organizes bus trips. Membership $15, bus trips $17, trail fees extra. Buses leave Scarborough Centennial Arena at Ellesmere. 416-438-1536, www.scarboroughskiclub.org.
trakkers cross-country ski ski Bus trips to cross-country ski resorts Sundays through Mar, plus wknd and week-long trips, ski instruction and guest speakers all season. Yearly membership $80, trips $22. High Park and west-end area club. www.trakkers.ca.
VOYAGEURs SKI and snowboard Adult downhill ski club offers day and wknd trips to destinations in Ontario, Quebec and the eastern U.S. for skiers of all abilities. Lessons also available. Yearly membership $140. 416-422-3214, www.voyageurs.ca.
central toronto skating Year-round figure skating club for children and adults. Moss Park Arena, 140 Sherbourne. 416-367-3826, www.centraltorontoskating. com.
EAST TORONTO SKATING CLUB Lessons for kids four and up, intermediate and higher levels, competitive, synchronized and learn to skate lessons. 416-396-2872.
Harbourfront LEARN TO SKATE Skaters of all abilities learn at Harbourfront Centre’s skating school on an outdoor rink overlooking Lake Ontario. 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4093,www.harbourfront.on.ca.
NORTH TORONTO SKATING Figure skating club provides instruction for children three and up, including a learn-to-skate program, and a full range of adult classes. 174 Orchard View. 416-485-2721, http://northtorontoskatingclub. com.
UNIVERSITY SKATING Club skates at Varsity Arena, offering classes in free-skate and dance to adults of all abilities, as well as a Kidskate program for under-fours and junior figure skating program. 275 Bloor W. www.usc.on. ca.
WEST TORONTO SKATING CLUB Pre-school, adult lessons and figuring skating for all levels at McCormick Arena, 179 Brock. 416-588-1158, www.wtsc.ca.
ADAMS PARK Northwest of Lawson and Port Union.
BIRCHMOUNT PARK North of Kingston, east of Birchmount behind Birchmount Collegiate
CEDARBROOK PARK Markham south of Lawrence.
CEDARVALE PARK South of Eglinton, west of Bathurst
CENTENNIAL PARK Rathburn and Centennial Park
CHRISTIE PITS Bloor and Christie.
HIGH PARK Bloor and High Park.
MILLIKEN PARK McCowan and Steeles.
RIVERDALE PARK Broadview south of Montcrest.
THOMSON MEMORIAL PARK Brimley and Lawrence.
TRINITY-BELLWOODS PARK Gorevale south of Dundas.
WITHROW PARK Carlaw south of Danforth.
WINSTON CHURCHILL PARK Spadina Rd and St Clair