Glide into Winter! Outdoor Skating Adventures in Huntsville, Muskoka

As winter wraps Muskoka in its chilly embrace, it’s time to lace up your skates and embark on frozen adventures that will have you twirling and gliding through some of the most picturesque outdoor skating spots in Ontario. From the charming town of Huntsville to the serene beauty of Arrowhead Provincial Park, get ready to discover the magic of winter on ice.

River Mill Skating Rink

Huntsville has added a delightful new attraction to the winter mix: a skating rink at River Mill Park, your gateway to a whimsical winter wonderland!

Launching Thursday, January 17, 2024, the rink will be open daily — including for night skating (weather permitting). Picture yourself gliding under twinkling lights in the embrace of the crisp evening air.

But wait, there’s more! River Mill Park will become a lively hub every Saturday afternoon with the SnowFest Entertainment Series – on- and off-ice buskers, kids’-themed DJs, marshmallow roasting, and sometimes even hot chocolate, too! And watch for SnowFest on Saturday, February 24 — a full day of family-friendly activities — along with the rise of Snow Village surrounding the rink for as long as winter remains.

Visit the Huntsville SnowFest Facebook or Instagram or Contact in advance to confirm the status of the skating rink.

Lions Lookout Skating Rink

Surrounded by towering granite cliffs, Lion’s Lookout Skating Rink, just off Forbes Hill Drive, is a secluded space for ice-filled fun. Open during daylight hours, this large rink is the ideal place to perfect your twirls, or teach a new generation the excitement of winter outdoors.

Make sure to check with the Town of Huntsville for rink conditions before visiting.

Lions Lookout Skating

Arrowhead Provincial Park: where skating meets the wild

Nestled amidst towering pines and pristine snowdrifts, Arrowhead Provincial Park’s skating trail is a star winter attraction, winding its way through the woods for a unique and immersive natural experience. Glide through the forest and marvel at the beauty of a winter landscape untouched by time.

This 1.3-kilometre trail allows you to savour the beauty of winter in a way that’s both serene and invigorating. With the gentle swish of your skates and the brisk winter air filling your lungs, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this experience.

If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for the beauty of winter, Arrowhead Provincial Park has something special in store: Fire & Ice Nights. Skating through this illuminated wonderland feels like being inside a fairytale. The stars above and the lights below create a mesmerizing ambiance that’s perfect for a romantic date night or a memorable family outing.

And it’s all just a short drive from Downtown Huntsville!

Remember to book your vehicle permit ahead of time to avoid disappointment at the gate, and check trail condition and capacity updates on the park’s Twitter feed.

A winter wonderland awaits

As winter casts its spell, Huntsville’s outdoor skating gems beckon you to embrace the frozen magic. Whether you’re twirling under twinkling lights or gliding along a woodland ice trail, these destinations promise an experience that will warm your heart even in the chilliest of temperatures. So, grab your skates, bundle up, and get ready to be enchanted by winter in Huntsville!

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