Places to Skate: Trails and Tracks

Friends and skaters of TISC love to roll. To encourage you to roll safely and in interesting places, we are curating a list of trails, tracks, venues, and locations that may be suitable for skating.

TISC always recommends safe skating, use of protective equipment, adhering to proper etiquette for the given location, and following rules of the road/ trail/ path/ venue. That means it’s up to you (and those you skate with) to do your due diligence and confirm rules and etiquette for where you will skate and if skating is allowed at all. Where you chose to skate and how you skate is your responsibility and TISC is not responsible for your actions and decisions and how those impact you and others.

If you know of a trail, track, venue, and location that isn’t listed, please let us know by e-mailing torontoinline@yahoo.com or dropping a message on Facebook;

  • Hamilton Beach Trail- Burlington- 8km+ trail: This trail, wide and straight, follows Lake Ontario’s Western most point. Skaters are asked to follow the speed limit, which is quite low. Best time to skate on this trail is early morning, 7am start. Be mindful of dogs being walked and sticks on the path. The best place to park and access the trail is at the South Parking Lot of Burlington Canal Light House off Eastport Drive [Address: 1057, Breezeway Trail, Hamilton, ON L8H 6Z9]
  • Woodlands Secondary School – 400-meter track in Mississauga: Tucked away in behind Woodlands Secondary School and McBride Public School near Dundas and Erindale Station in Mississauga, this track is very fast and smooth. It’s one of the fastest tracks around! It is contained by a chain-link fence and has bleacher seats. You can expect relatively heavy community use of this track (walkers, children on scooters). [3225 Erindale Station Rd, Mississauga, ON L5C 1Y5]
  • Canadian Inline Training Centre 200-meter banked track-Harriston: Located in Harriston, Ontario, this 200-meter track hosted several Canadian Championships, Ontario Championships, and other events. With banked (inclined) corners, this track is great for going fast in a controlled situation. This privately owned track, attached to the home of the Perrie family, was initially built in the late 90s and reconfigured in the early 2000s. [CITC’s Facebook page]
  • 2015 Pan American Games track- Scarborough- 400-meter track: The 2015 Pan American Games were held in Ontario. The roller/ inline speed skating competition was held on the 400-meter track at at St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School. The track was repaved in June 2015 in advance of the competition. Jordan Belchos, who started his inline/ roller speed skating career with TISC, medaled in the 10km points race. Belchos has gone on to represent Canada in the Winter Olympics in Long Track Speed Skating, placing top-5 in the 10km race! [685 Military Trail, Scarborough, Ontario M1E 4P6]
  • Father Redmond 400-meter track- Etobicoke (Toronto): This 400-meter track is nestled south between Lake Shore’s quaint shops, Father Redmond School, Humber College, a dog park, and Lake Ontario. This track has one of the main homes of the Toronto Inline Skating Club since 2008, and has hosted the Canadian Championships, Pan American Games selection competition, RSO Race Series, and other events. When TISC skates here, a permit from the City of Toronto is obtained. If you go there to skate on your own, please be careful as local residents use the track and the inner field may be used by groups (playing soccer, flag football). [Your are best to use the parking lot off Twenty Third Street- Twenty Third St, Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 3M6]
  • Christ the King (Holy Trinity)- Etobicoke (Toronto)- 200-meter track: This 200-meter track, just North of Christ the King Church property, has been used by TISC since the mid 2000’s and hosted TISC practices, RSO Points Series, and Ontario Championships and other races until 2019. In 2021, portables were placed on the track’s western-most turn so it looks like, for now, this track is not usable. [3674 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, Ontario M8W 1N6]
  • Small Oval Trail at Burnhamdale Park (St Alfred School) in Mississauga: Located behind St. Alfred School near Dixie and Bloor, this small trail is about 250-meters in length and is a perfect location to skate slowly, technically, and a great place for young skaters and children to learn how to skate. [3341 Havenwood Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4X 2M2]
  • James S Bell Junior Middle School- under 200-meters in Etobicoke: There is a small track tucked away behind James S Bell Junior Middle School, a small track, under 200-meters in length, with squared corners. This is not an ideal venue for large group or high speeds. It would be more suitable for controlled speed and those who want a venue to learn how to skate. [90 Thirty First St, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8W 3E9]
  • West Toronto Collegiate Institute- 400-meter track in Toronto: This 400-meter track, years used by several different groups and teams, is a bit lumpy, granular, and has cracks & fissures, but served skaters well. Located in a higher density location, skaters are sometimes treated to the sweet smell of chocolate permeating the air due to the track’s proximity to a chocolate factory. [330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1]
  • Max Ward Park: Cyclists and skaters have used a loop that follows West on Matheson Boulevard and proceeding North and East on Explorer looping back to Matheson. The Orbitor sections has a bike lane, but the Matheson Blvd. has road skates (tar filled cracks). There is less vehicular traffic on those roads after 6:30pm and on weekends. You can park at Max Ward Park and then enjoy this 4km+ long loop. [Parking at Max Ward Park- 2380 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga]
  • James S Bell Junior Middle School: The school’s playground features a narrow track, about 200-meters in length. The corners are fairly sharp. Because of the corners and width, this track tends to be better for slower speeds and technical work. It’s been a great location for children to learn skating on and a nice track for more experienced skaters to skate smoothly. [90 Thirty First St, Etobicoke, ON M8W 3E9]
  • Scooter’s Roller Palace: Mississauga has had the good fortune of having a roller rink in its midst. We used to operated the Scooter’s Indoor Speed Club prior to the pandemic, setting up a 100-meter track, using both USARS and NIRA configurations. Scooter’s is a great place to skate, jam, and roll with friends while enjoying tunes. Word on the street is even though the building has been sold, Scooter’s will remain open until at least April 2023. [2105 Royal Windsor Dr, Mississauga, ON L5J 1K5, Scooter’s website]
  • Parc Downsview Park: This is an interesting place to skate. It’s a super nice trail with left and right turns, climbs and descents. But the one thing you’ll want to watch for are the bollards (long metal/ concrete posts) that are in the middle of the trail. You’ll definitely want to follow the “Circuit Path”, which gives you a solid 2.5km per loop. [Parc Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON M3K 2C5]
  • Etobicoke Creek Trail: This beautiful smooth trail snakes along the Etobicoke Creek. There aren’t many inclines or downhills, except for the sharp climb (or descent depending on direction of travel) as you are about to go under the highway 401. There are a few wooden bridges, so be mindful because if the wood is wet, it will be very very slippery. You can either park at Fleetwood Park or Garnetwood Park off Burnhamthorpe. [link to parking lot on Burhhamthorpe, between Ponytrail Dr. and Mill Rd.]
  • Mississauga Valleys trail: This trail system is an interesting one that branches out in several directions and takes you to wide streets with bike lanes and lower traffic, notably Mississauga Valley Boulevard. You can park at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre and use that as your home base to explore the area. Keep in mind, you won’t end up going very far away if you use this trail, but you can access different areas and peacefully make your way to Square One (go up Robert Speck) or Port Credit (go through the trail near Stonebrook Park then South on Kirwin/ Camilla and then cross over Hurontario/ QEW to Pinetree Way to Stavebank. [Mississauga Valley Community Centre, 1275 Mississauga Vly Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5A 3R8]
  • East York Collegiate: Looking for a track near the downtown core? Hit up East York Collegiate Institute! It’s a smooth 400-meter track. It’s fast. Be mindful as the track is used by many walkers, runners, children playing. [650 Cosburn Ave., East York, ON M4C 2V2]
  • Bramalea Secondary: A very nice 400-meter track in Brampton! The Brampton Speed Skating people have used this track for off skate/ on wheel summer skating. [510 Balmoral Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 1W4]

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