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Take advantage of what's left of winter by visiting one of these magical outdoor ice skating spots across the country.
There's nothing like a day of ice skating outdoors, bundled up in your coziest sweaters and scarves, holding hands with a loved one, breathing in the fresh winter air.
Although any skating rink will do, these beautiful outdoor spots across Canada will make your skate feel extra special.
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
Lake Louise is a trending destination year-round. In the summer, it's famous for its turquoise waters, and in the wintertime, it's a go-to spot for ice skating. What's more magical then skating on an icy vastness surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains?
Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 7.8 km long and runs throughout downtown Ottawa. As you skate along the canal, you can take a break to get hot chocolate and Beavertails.
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
An iconic spot in Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square is a magical spot for outdoor skating, especially during the evening. Enjoy a date surrounded by vibrant lights and the giant illuminated Toronto sign.
Kiwanis Memorial Park, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Located in a serene and picturesque park in the heart of Moose Jaw, skaters can enjoy the calm atmosphere of this outdoor rink. It's perfect for scenic views as you make your way across the ice.
Place d'Youville, Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City is known for its European charm and historic sights, and becomes even more magical in the winter. Surrounded by the Old City's walls and illuminated by twinkling lights, it promises a charming and unique atmosphere for skaters.
Emera Oval, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Emera Oval is the size of three NHL skating rinks and promises skaters breathtaking views of the Halifax skyline. Plus, it offers free skating and free rentals!
Bonsecours Basin, Montreal, Quebec
This skating rink is usually quite busy and for good reason! Nestled in the heart of Old Montreal, the Bonsecours Basin is a fun time for its skaters as it also plays music when it is open. When you're tired of skating, you can take a break on the Grande Roue and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Lily Lake, Saint John, New Brunswick
As soon as the temperature drops, Lily Lake becomes a perfect destination for both new and seasoned skaters alike. Whether it's to enjoy a game of hockey with your friends or walk along the illuminated pathway surrounding the lake, you'll be sure to have a good time.
Lake Windermere Whiteway, Windermere, British Columbia
This remarkable skating trail is the largest in the world, as it spans over 30 kilometres. Offering breathtaking views, skaters will never get bored of their surroundings.
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