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Yes, we’re well past the mid of the Toronto winter (most would say that’s a good thing!), but we’re launching our Toronto skating rinks map regardless. There’s still time to get your skates on and enjoy the outdoors. There are more Toronto skating rinks than you see there in the default view of the map. If you don’t live in the core of the city simply zoom out our drag the map to another area that is off the map (for example, north Etobicoke or north Scarborough). The yellow pins refer to rinks that offer skate rentals (at the moment this is just Nathan Phillips Square and Natrel Rink at Harbourfront). My personal favourite, between those two, is Harbourfront. It seems less crowded usually. Of course there’s always something special about skating at Nathan Phillips Square, especially when the Square is decorated in Christmas colours! I’ve skated at a few others as well: Ryerson’s pond (Lake Devo), right on the Ryerson University campus, offers a unique experience as you skate amongst hunks of rock that protrude from the lake. That rink is also a minute or so walk from Dundas Station, so it’s easy to get to. You could even follow up some skating with a nice meal from the nearby restaurants, or grab a pint at the area pubs. Late at night when the lights go down, you’ll see Ryerson’s rink it turn into a shinny game featuring people of all ages – usually those living nearby, including the Ryerson students in Residence. A bit further up Yonge (Yonge and College/Gerrard) is another small pond (Barbara Ann Scott) that seems to be rarely used, at least any time I’ve walked by. This is likely a good alternative for some quiet, reflecting skating without the worry of running into people. Of course, they’ve built a zillion condos around there lately so that may have changed for this winter. Along with the Toronto Skating Rinks map, we also mapped the rinks that allow for shinny at certain times of the day. Check out the Toronto Shinny Rinks map for a shinny game near you. Years ago I used to play at Campbell Park (Landsdowne & Dupont) which always had a good game on shinny on Sunday mornings. Check toronto.ca/parks for current shinny times. Enjoy!
Attention all Toronto shinny hockey players: We’ve put together a Google map of Toronto shinny rinks for you to easily find shinny rinks near you. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, Lake Ontario up to Steeles, we’ve taken a list of City of Toronto rinks that offer shinny and placed them on an easy to use map. Note that most of these rinks have special times that shinny is played (as they are shared with pleasure skating times). Also, many of the time slots are for certain ages, gender, or skill levels. We thought about including all of this data, but decided to link instead to a resource that has it, ensuring accurate information going forward. Find a rink that’s near you and then click through on the link to the City of Toronto Parks site that provides you with schedules for each rink. If you are looking for more detailed information about the rinks themselves, try cityrinks.ca, which has a crazy (crazy good!) amount of information about each rink. Enjoy!
Biking in Toronto can be a bit of a life threatening affair sometimes but there are many online resources to help you make the most of your journey, whether getting from A to B or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on paths.
Getting Around Toronto on Bicycle
- Toronto Cycling Map: The official map put out by the City of Toronto. The online version (year 2007) is a bit painful (Acrobat PDF format) but you can download only the sections of the city that interest you, if you wish. If you go to City Hall yourself you can pick up the 2008 version. Even during off-hours (nights, weekends, etc.) you should still be able to get a copy from the Security desk located right inside the main doors. Besides the map itself, there is a wealth of information included to get you started biking in Toronto, including:
- Toronto Bike Lane Map: A nice Google Maps mashup done by BikingToronto. If you are looking for an easy to use online map of dedicated bike lanes and ‘shared roadways’ (signed, on street routes) this is one to check out. Since it’s a Google Maps version you’ll find it much easier to use online compared to the City’s Acrobat version mentioned above.
- Toronto biking routes by Toronto cyclists at Bikely.com:If you want to find out what routes others in Toronto are biking, many people have inputted information on where they bike. New Toronto routes are added daily (really!) and include the travel distance and tags (e.g. low traffic, scenic, offroad, safe, difficult, etc.). Route maps are shown on Google Maps, with a step by step tour available. Of course, you can create your own as well! (Update: MapMyRide.com is similar service worth checking out)
Toronto Biking News
There are a number of online resources that you can read to keep up to date on Toronto biking news and events:
- I Bike T.O. blogs about cycling items of importance to Torontonians. You’ll also find events, a forum, and RideMatching. They have an RSS feed so keeping up to date with their posts is eeeeeeeeasy!
- BikingToronto aggregates Toronto biking news mostly from mainstream press organizations, and includes an RSS feed so you can keep up to date easier.They have an online community forum as well.
- bikeToronto posts very detailed Toronto biking news items, including key meeting announcements and details, biking trail changes and improvements, and more. If you’re into the nitty gritty details of cycling happenings in Toronto this site should be on your list. bikeToronto also has an RSS feed to help you keep up to date.
- Spacing Toronto: Cycling section contains news items of note to Toronto cyclists. Most posts are either unique content or highlight items discussed in the mainstream media. Unfortunately there is no RSS feed specific to the Cycling section.
Other Toronto Biking Resources
- Toronto Bicycling Network: For an annual membership fee you can join the Toronto Bicycling Network and thus participate in their many cycling events in and around Toronto (alternatively, you can pay per event, as a non-member). Events are run for various cycling levels, so there should be something on that meets your cycling style and abilities.Their Web site also hosts a buy and sell forum, bike dealer database, and more. It’s worth checking out if you are serious about biking in Toronto.
- sportaholik.com: Search or post for people to bike with. You can also create a profile so others can contact you at any time.
- Toronto Bike Shop Map: Another great Google Maps mashup by BikingToronto showing bike shops in Toronto.
- City of Toronto Bike Plan: The official plan. If you’re serious about making Toronto more bike friendly, or want to know what’s on the horizon for Toronto cyclists, this will likely interest you.
- Bike Train: Take the your bike on the train. The route is between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
- Bike Commute Tips Blog: It’s not Toronto-based but is a good read for general bicycling news, trends, and more (yep, RSS friendly).
Whew!… What did I forget? Please comment below with any additions or feedback. Thanks!