Outdoor skating in Brampton officially opened for the season in early December of last year, but inclement weather has caused certain trails to close quite often over the past few weeks.
With the weather alternating between a freezing cold blizzard and an almost warm day with the sun out, it’s almost impossible to judge whether outdoor skating will be open at the rink you want to head to with your family or friends for the day or the evening.
That said, there is a platform you can check before heading out — just to be sure if a particular rink is open.
The City of Brampton’s outdoor skating rinks page is a handy resource that will tell you whether the rink you want to visit is open or closed.
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It also lists when the trail’s open or closed status was last modified, so you can see how current the information is.
If you’re a Twitter user, you can also follow the City of Brampton on Twitter. The City will always tweet if a rink is closed, due to weather conditions or otherwise!
Here’s the regular schedule for skating in Brampton this winter:
Chinguacousy Park Skate Trail (9050 Bramalea Rd – featured in our cover photo!)
This trail is designed in an irregular “canal” shape to ensure all skaters can practice their skills, regardless of ability. It has over 2,000 sq. metres of ice and can hold up to 500 skaters.
You can rent skates and helments on Thursday and Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
It’s open from Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Gage Park Outdoor Skating Trail (Main and Wellington)
Gage Park is pretty majestic as is, and it transforms into its own mini winter wonderland during the winter.
A DJ spins tracks as you skate, there’s a fire pit where you can keep warm, and there’s a food trailer and skate and helment rentals available from Thursday through Sunday.
It’s open from Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Mount Pleasant Outdoor Skating Rink (100 Commuter Drive)
This skating rink doesn’t have skate rentals or change rooms, but there are benches around the rink for changing into and out of skates.
It’s open from Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and for parent and child skating on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.