On Saturday December 3rd, 2016, all City of Toronto outdoor ice rinks across the city will be open. Some featured rinks, including Nathan Phillips Square, opened this past weekend and final preparations are underway to open all remaining rinks for the winter skating season.
The City's outdoor artificial ice rinks are compressor cooled, which makes it possible for them to operate in a range of weather conditions, however closures during the skating season are sometimes necessary due to unseasonably warm temperatures or following a heavy snowfall. For up-to-the-minute information about Toronto's outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, current ice conditions and closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, visit http://www.toronto.ca/skate or call 311.
Volunteers also build and maintain natural ice rinks in many neighbourhood parks across the city with support from Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff. These rinks require consistent sub-zero temperatures and, weather permitting, are typically open in January and February for drop-in skating. Information on natural ice rinks is also available online.