Why I Love Toronto Reason #188
Samuel Smith Skating Trail
I went here last year and had a great time but haven’t had time (nor had appropriate skating weather) to go here again this year. Now this isn’t like your average skating area. It’s not like reason #157 or #113 which are in the shape of a squares. What is unique about this skating experience is that it is a trail. Located at Colonel Sam Smith Park which is in Etobicoke, the trail is in the shape of a figure 8 and is 250 metres. The main reason this is amazing is because 1) you are not just going around in squares you actually can skate around in an interesting figure 2) you get to see some amazing things like the lake, and the beauty of the park in the winter time 3 )you get to lace up in an old building. The old building is the Power House Recreation centre which was built in 1888 and used coal-fired heating to heat the mimico lunatic asylum (which we all know is now reason #13)! What is so amazing about this building is that it has a 60 metre smoke stack, 10 metre cathedral ceilings and accompanied with three-storey windows. Plus it look haunted, but you know my theory on former asylum – they all have to be haunted.
The trail is really high-tech in the way it works as well. Apparently, it is artificially cooled because underneath the ice is a cooling system – which I think is insane for a rink/ trail. That means even if we do not get the appropriate whether it still remains cool!
So for giving a whole new way skate and having it in my hood! Just makes it a reason
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