Try the outdoor Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail in Etobicoke
Report & Photos by Leila Monteiro Lins
Colonel Sam Smith Park is located along a stretch of wooded shoreline in the Kipling and Lakeshore area. It is home to a variety of plants, trees, birds and other wildlife, as well as a network of paths and the city’s first ice skating trail (in a figure-eight shape). The pleasure ice skating trail is located next to the Power House Recreation Centre (65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Road). The park also features a dog off-leash area, bike trail, picnic shelter and playground.
Skating during cold winter months
One of the more enjoyable and healthier activities you can participate in during the cold winter months is skating at one of the many outdoor rinks scattered throughout the city. It is located at Colonel Sam Smith Park. The outdoor trail is 250 metres long and is formed into a unique figure-eight shape. There is an open area that is connected to the trail that provides a spot for those learning how to skate.
The trail has a large indoor change room with benches and washrooms. There is no skate rental and no lockers. Rink guards are on-hand to keep the horseplay to a minimum and there is also plenty of lighting for night skating and a sound system playing traditional holiday music. There is parking right next to the trail.
Where: 65 Colonel Sam Smith Park Drive (south of Lake Shore Boulevard West at Kippling Avenue). Etobicoke, ON – M8V 3M6
When: Seven days a week, 9 am – 10pm