Attractions & things to do for the kids in your life

Cedarena (Markham)

High energy

Old-fashioned way

This place has been closed for a few years until they find manpower and funding solutions but I've not lost hope on it. Check their website next winter! When we visited a few years ago, at first sight, we were charmed by the tortuous path that leads down to the Cedarena ice rink, which sits nestled amidst cedar trees. At the end of the path, there was a small woodstove-heated cabin where families sat tightly against each other, as they put on their skates. Outside, an even smaller porch could hardly contain the overflow of eager skaters ready to embark on the ice. When we visited, the ice was dented and the music rinky-dink (to my taste). Yet, this did not keep skaters from having a great time. The intimate character of the place must have something to do with it. The small rustic rink has been managed by volunteers for over 80 years! Note that they don't have rental skates, and they only accept cash.

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