As a born and bred Torontonian this city holds a special place in my heart. I love the bustle of its busy streets, the buzz of its culture and the glitz of its nightlife. As obsessed as I am with my hometown, I also mourn its lack of green space. It’s tragic how difficult it can be to connect with nature in this concrete jungle. When the rare opportunity to escape the city comes up, I often relish it. Last weekend I crossed something off of my bucket list that I’ve been meaning to do for awhile. I visited the mythical Muskoka ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park.
We got to the park, paid $16 for a vehicle pass and I rented skates for $6 (I love hockey skates because they are much more comfortable than figure skates but you can rent both). I was relieved to see that the rental skates were in really good shape, unlike some other skates that I’ve rented. You also don’t have to pay to use the trails. The ice was a little torn up but we did two full laps before giving up. The whole trail is 1.3 km which could be challenging if you’re a beginner. We met a couple that said the park’s fire & ice event the night before was too busy and they were coming back for more ice time. It wasn’t too busy when we were there and we had a great time.
Skating along the tree-lined path felt like a magical fairytale, it was so beautiful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable escape from the Toronto grind. I also love skating because it’s a great cardio workout. I felt exhausted afterwards and ready for lunch. We went to the Mill on Main in Huntsville which had some decent pub fare to help us regain those lost carbs.
The park is approximately two hours from the city. We went up for the day, but I’d recommend staying overnight if you can. There are lots of affordable lodging options around the quaint little town of Huntsville. There’s also plenty of other things to do in the area such as snow mobiling, skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing and something called Skijoring. I wish we had more time to spend getting to know the area. However, visiting the Muskoka ice skating trail was still a great way to spend a Sunday!