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Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail (Etobicoke)

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My favourite rink in Toronto (Etobicoke, to be more precise).

When there's no white stuff, there's still ice!

It took me 350 steps to walk around the figure-8 shape trail of Colonel Samuel Park. It sits by an historic building with a tall chimney within the huge park by the water. There's an indoor skate changing room on the premises. They have a zamboni and put music on during the supervised sessions (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays). The rink is open but unsupervised on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (but there's no fence so you can come anytime, really). Humber College uses the old buildings northeast of the rink (which used to host a psychiatric hospital).

For a hot chocolate, you can go to Tim Hortons a short walk from the rink or you can go to the artisan bakery Tatsu's Bread at 3180 Lake Shore (closed on Sunday). See more photos.

Author's TIP: Combine this with the Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade (also called Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade).

A great family outing!
I deserve a hot chocolate!


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  • Tuesday, 13 January 2015 posted by sarrenn

    I have recently get back from Colonel Samuel Park that is the best natural spot that offers a great opportunity to enjoy plants,wildlife and birds species.
    Have you any ideas about the west coast tour packages because I made a plan to must visit there. So here I want to know about your experience.

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