Dust off those old quad skates hidden deep in storage because roller skating is back! Rolling around in vintage roller skates and in-line skates is a popular recreational activity in summer, whether you’re a newbie or want to show off your old-school moves to your kids. Check out our list of the best spots to participate in this resurgent craze with our Guide to Roller Skating In Toronto and the GTA.
Outdoor Roller Skating
Roller skating is welcome at skateboard parks around town – check out our list here! As well, outdoor rinks, parks and pathways, and skateparks have become informal meeting places, with DJs and dance parties on weekends. Everyone is welcome to join or watch the festivities. Note: There is no monitoring for safety or social distancing in these areas. You can join a social media group such as Roller Skate Toronto on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.
Alexandra Park – 275 Bathurst Street, Toronto
The Bentway – 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
College Park – 420 Yonge Street, Toronto
Colonel Samuel Smith Park – 3145 Lake Shore Boulevard, Etobicoke
Greenwood Park – 150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
High Park Rink – 300 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto
Kew Gardens – 2075 Queen St. East, Toronto
Leaside Spur Trail – East of Leslie Street between York Mills and Eglinton Ave. East, Don Mills/North York
Martin Goodman Trail – Waterfront from Humber Bridge to Balmy Beach, Toronto
Riverdale Park East Rink – 550 Broadview Ave., Toronto
Toronto Islands – Centre Island, 9 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Trinity Bellwoods Park – 790 Queen St. West, Toronto
Underpass Park – 29 Lower River Street, Toronto
Vanderhoof Skatepark (in Leonard Linton Park) – 60 Research Road, East York
Wallace Emerson Park – 1260 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Indoor Roller Skating
Where: 75 Westmore Drive, Etobicoke
For a unique date night, head to Rollerpony to take lessons and go for a whirl as DJs spin a mixed and ever-changing playlist of current and classic skate tunes!
Scooter’s Roller Palace
Where: 2105 Royal Windsor Drive, Mississauga
This 24,500 square-foot space features a huge rink with terrazzo surface, perfect for roller skating! It’s a good idea to check their schedule as they host both all-ages and adult sessions.
Roller Skating Event Organizers
SUSO Skate Co.
SUSO Skate Co. is a touring roller rink pop-up experience with current locations in Toronto and North York, as well as Vaughan and Cambridge. They also run lessons for teens 16+ at their Don Mills location, and started kids outdoor roller skate rentals for the first time at their downtown location at The Bentway!
- Toronto – The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd.
- North York – CF Shops at Don Mills, Parkade Rooftop, 1090 Don Mills Road
- Vaughan – Promenade Shopping Centre, Entrance #4, 1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill
- Cambridge – Cambridge Centre, Cambridge Ice Centre, 355 Hespeler Road
Based in Stratford, this skate shop also hosts many courses and classes, plus events around Southern Ontario.
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