The wait is almost over. On Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am The Bentway will open their skate trail and launch their Winter Season (January 6 to mid-March, weather permitting).

Below is a message from The Bentway.

Opening Weekend
Come skate with us and experience special events throughout the opening weekend! Highlights include performances from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Charmie Deller and composer and performer Carmen Braden with her Black Ice Sound music project; demonstrations of Ice Breaking, a unique hybrid of breakdancing and freestyle ice skating by the Toronto Ice Skate Group; and art installations, food and drink, music throughout the day from the best of Toronto’s DJ scene, pop-up curling, and free admission to Fort York National Historic Site.

The opening weekend will also host the Mayor’s Skate Party on Sunday, January 7 from 1-4pm with Mayor Tory and members of Toronto City Council. Complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate will be available during the fun, family event.

Winter Season programming
Ongoing winter programming will include free Monday night skate rentals; Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs, and skate instruction and DJ and Ice Breaking workshops. A skating village, designed by + tongtong, will be installed at The Bentway and will house the skate rental shop, warming stations and a variety of seating options.On weekend evenings, skaters are invited to warm up in the Strongbow Lounge, where we’ll be serving up Strongbow Apple Ciders and other fine Molson Coors products. A curated food truck program will serve hot food, warm and cold drinks, and decadent desserts.

Throughout the Winter Season you will also be able to view our inaugural public art exhibition entitled, “Constructions of the Everyday,” featuring installations by local artists. For over fifty years the Gardiner Expressway has been a defining feature of Toronto’s urban landscape. In a radical act of renewal, The Bentway reimagines this static structure and imbues it with renewed relevance for a contemporary city. Embracing the spirit of transformation, the visual artists commissioned for “Constructions of the Everyday” ask visitors to find new value and beauty in the structures of everyday life.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of events and additional seasonal programming.

Hour of Operation
Skate rentals available throughout the season

Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm (rentals available 4pm-9pm)
Fridays and Saturday: 11am-11pm (rentals available all day)
Sunday: 11am-9pm (rentals available all day)

More information is available at