Welcome to Union Winter presented by TD!
We are so excited to bring back our extended outdoor skating rink along with free skate rentals from Nov 28 – January 29, 2023.
The Programming and Special Events Team at Union Station are proud to share this special outdoor skating experience in the heart of the city. Our hope is to create moments of joy with this truly Canadian winter activity as we strive to foster connectedness amongst communities and bring Toronto together.
Rink-goers can immerse themselves in an environment that welcomes all levels of skaters and fun. Whether you are an avid skater or someone lacing up a pair of skates for the first time, we know that this rink will brighten up your day. If you don’t own skates, no problem – we have a free skate rental program open to all. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you please follow all the rules posted. There will be DJ skate nights on Fridays and Saturdays as well as weekly free skating lessons on Tuesdays.
For all the shopping enthusiasts, we invite you to explore our unique indoor retail and dining options. Throughout the month of December, Union will host a number of pop-up musical performances inside the station that will certainly put you in a good mood
So what are you waiting for?
Union Winter would not be possible without all our incredible staff, sponsors and – most of all – you.
What days will the rink be open?
The rink is open every day from November 28th to January 29th, except on Christmas Day, December 25th and Boxing Day, December 26th. The rink will close early at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th
What are the hours of operation for the skating rink?
- Sunday – Wednesday – 11:00 am.to 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday – Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- The rink will close early at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th
How do I register for a timed skate slot?
Registration for timed entry allows guests to guarantee a skating slot in advance. Skating is open to the public and for all skill levels. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. One parent/guardian is required for every two children under 12 years of age. You can register through Eventbrite which can be accessed through the Union website, the link in bio on Union’s Instagram page, and through QR codes located onsite. Each person must register separately and is required to fill out a waiver to complete their registration, including answering COVID-19 pre-screening questions. You will be prompted for your skate size if you are hoping to take advantage of our free skate rentals. All Patrons must sign a waiver to participate in Union Winter.
Skating slots are for 45min of ice time. Skating slots have been programmed with 15min between groups to provide time for sanitization onsite and to encourage social distancing during the turnover. Please note: online registration must be completed 24hr before your selected skate time. Please cancel your reservation 12 hrs prior if you are not able to attend your selected skate time.
Do you accept walk-ins?
Yes! We know that sometimes you can’t plan for everything. A limited number of walk-in spots are available for each of our skating slots on a first-come, first-served basis. We always encourage you to register in advance to secure a spot.
What are the COVID protocols?
To ensure the safety of our patrons, Union Winter will be enforcing COVID-19 protocols that strictly adhere to Ontario Public Health guidelines. While face coverings and proof of vaccination are no longer required, we encourage everyone to participate in any way they feel most comfortable.
To provide for social distancing and a safe skating experience without overcrowding, Union Winter will be operating at a capacity of 50 people on the rink.
Skating slots have been programmed with 15min between groups in order to provide time for sanitization onsite and to encourage social distancing during the turnover. All skate rentals are sanitized between use.
Upon arrival at Union Winter, you will be asked to confirm your registration information or if you are a walkup, provide a contact name and phone number and complete a waiver.
How do the free skate rentals work?
Ice skates and helmets are available for free at Union Winter. Please note that there are limited rentals available and that rentals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
To participate in our free skate/helmet rental program, patrons will be required to sign a waiver during registration and will be asked to provide a government issued identification card as a deposit at skate/helmet pickup. Your identification will be returned when the ice skates and/or helmet are returned.
We have 20 youth sized helmets and 5 adult sized helmets available for rent. Helmets are highly encouraged on the rink and are required for children under the age of 6.
All skate and helmet rentals are sanitized between use. Ice skates and/or helmets must remain on the Union Holiday grounds at all times .
Can I bring my own skates?
You are welcome to bring your own skates to the rink!
Will there be free skating lessons?
Yes! We are offering free skating lessons by Skate Canada certified coaches every Tuesday in December and January from 1-2pm. To participate in the skating lessons, please register for the applicable time slot through Eventbrite. The link can be found at the top of the page. Participants will be required to sign an additional waiver onsite. Skating lessons are capped at 16 participants for everyone’s safety on the ice. The rink will still be open for regular skaters not participating in the lessons through walk-ins.
When are Union Beats Skate Nights?
Union Beats Skate Nights- Sponsored by TD are on Friday and Saturdays from 4-9 p.m. DJ’s will be mixing live from rinkside to amplify your skating experience. Click here to see our DJ lineup!
Does Union Winter accept school bookings?
We love to see teachers/administrators looking for enriching activities for their students! If you are looking to plan a free skating experience for your class, please reach out to email@example.com at least 2 weeks in advance of your planned trip. Please note that our rink capacity is max 50 people and skating slots are for 45min of ice time. Although Union does offer free skate & helmet rentals, we do encourage those who have skates to bring them to ensure our inventory can accommodate your group.
Are there accessibility accommodations?
Guests should indicate during registration whether they require any accommodations at the rink. Please check in with ice rink staff before use of any assistive devices so that staff can monitor and assist where possible.
Please note: only non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted on the ice. Support persons will be allowed on the ice only if they are wearing skates. A separate registration is required for each support person. If you are using a wheelchair, please remove salt or dirt from the wheels prior to accessing the ice. Service animals are not permitted on the ice for the safety of the animal and other patrons using the rink.