If you live in Canada and are not willing to embrace the chill in the air, the snow flake on the tip of your nose and refreshing arctic breeze. Then you are in for a long hard cold miserable winter cooped up inside going stir crazy or that could be just me. So, here is the most essential check list of items you must own if you are a Canuck 40 Something Year Old Ice Princess.
- Warm Socks, cuter the better. I love my P.I.G. socks my Little Sister bought me for Christmas.
- Boots preferably rated -40 if your feet are warm everything else is ok! For après skating.
- When it comes to the lower body, long johns $4 at G.T. Boutique aka Giant Tiger are the way to go.
- Your Jeans topped with fuzzy snow pants for extra warmth, they offer padding for me, for when I gracefully fall.
- Usually on the top half I am wearing T-Shirt, Fleece and my Down Coat. Me = terrified of cold:).
- There is nothing better than Comfort Skates! Fully supportive of my ankle, wide and cosy in the foot.
- Don’t forget the hat, scarf and mitts they are what add your spot of colour.
- Must haves, handy warmers, those little packets you shake, shake, shake and then they heat up.
Now where should we go skating? The local arenas are cool but there is no better feeling that being out in the great outdoors.
Here are some unusual and unique places to skate on the days you want to venture afar:
- Rideau Canal – Ottawa
- Rockefeller Centre – New York
- Nathan Phillips Square – Toronto
- Colonel Sam Smith Ice Trail – Etobicoke
- Rink on the Brink – Niagara Falls
Top Local Places:
- Pier 8 Waterfront Outdoor Skating Rink overlooking Hamilton Harbour. (Rentals Available)
- At Spencer Smith Park in Burlington is Rotary Centennial Pond overlooking lake Ontario.
- Bronte Provincial Park as an outdoor rink nestled in the middle of the park. (Rentals Available)
- Skate Hamilton as a full listing of indoor and outdoor skating in Hamilton.