Harbourfront Centre is awesome! Part Two: Ice Skating!

Just in case you didn’t read my previous entry on the Harbourfront Centre ….(Gasp! ….how could you??) (https://hotaruchan20.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/harbourfront-centre-is-awesome-part-one-art/), here is a brief introduction.

Harbourfront Centre is a 10 acre site on the Lake Ontario waterfront that features art galleries, theatres, public squares, a pond (it becomes an ice skating rink in the winter), outdoor stages for concerts, artists’ workshops, and outdoor spaces where numerous festivals are held.

What makes it so awesome and unique is that most of the events and activities at Harbourfront Centre are completely free.  I am a huge believer that arts and culture programming should be accessible to everyone, so I am a big fan of this place.

I am also a big fan of ice skating – especially outdoor ice skating, so I recently took advantage of the Centre’s free rink. The folks at Harbourfront claim that it is “the most scenic rink in the city.” I also found a website claiming that it is “Canada’s largest artificially refrigerated outdoor rink.” (http://www.where.ca/vendor/natrel-skating-rink-at-harbourfront-centre-wh/)

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They have an indoor change area with lockers (where you can also rent skates), outdoor benches with fireplaces (lit on weekends), and a cafe that’s open late so you can warm up with some hot chocolate/coffee/tea.  The cafe is outfitted with rubber mats, so you can actually lounge around in the cafe with your skates on!

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There is always music playing, and they also have DJ Skate Nights on Saturdays. The DJ nights are so popular, however, that it gets almost too crowded to skate….

For more information on the rink, visit    http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/natrelrink/

and     http://www.cityrinks.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=HarbourfrontRink.FrontPage

Have any of you been there? What did you think? How does it compare to other outdoor rinks in the city?

Stay tuned!

 

 

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