Want to have some fun while seeing the sites, lights, and excitement of Toronto on a Friday night? Then come out for one of the most unique and enjoyable skates in the City, with some of the nicest, friendliest skaters you'll ever meet.
We meet-up at the north-east corner of Yonge St. & Bloor St. E. (on Bloor St. E. in front of the steps to the RBC bank machines) from 9:45 pm to 10:00 pm, and depart from there at 10:00 pm.
(PLEASE NOTE: The skate is cancelled if it's raining, or rain is imminent, or the pavement is wet. A cancellation notice will be posted on this site, no later than 9:15 pm, prior to the skate. So please check this site for notices prior to heading out for the skate.)
Our skates cover 15 - 20 km and lasts about two hours or more. The routes vary depending upon what is happening that night. An added feature to the skates is that we will point out many interesting facts and historical points of interest about Toronto (i.e. like when we skate over buried bridges).
This is a leisure skate and not a speed skate. There are regular group-up stops so people can skate at their own pace without getting lost or left behind. The routes are through the downtown so you can leave at any point and hop on the TTC. We ask that you let us know when you are leaving because we keep count of the skaters at the group-ups.
All Skaters are welcome. However, please note that it is mostly a street skate and not meant for beginners or those uncomfortable with skating on the street. Skaters who wish to participate should be comfortable skating on the street, across streetcar tracks, and be able to turn and stop under their own power. Skaters should be familiar with and willing to obey all standard traffic rules, including slowing down for yellow lights, stopping at all red lights, not passing open streetcar doors, keeping all crosswalks clear for pedestrians, and staying to the right in one lane of traffic.
If you wish to skate with us, you do so at your own risk and, therefore, you are responsible for your own safety. Inline skating can be dangerous, so it is highly recommended that all participants wear full protective gear (helmets, wrist guards, elbow pad, knee pads). A flashing red light (or "blinkie") is also recommended. The wearing of highly visible or reflective clothing is strongly suggested. Please obey all traffic rules, such as staying in one lane and stopping for red lights and "STOP" signs. Please skate safely and be courteous to other skaters. Those who are unwilling or unable to adhere to these simple safety rules should refrain from participating in these skates. Let's all do our part to make sure that the Friday Night Skate is a fun and safe event for everyone, all season long.
We look forward to seeing you Friday.
Come skate the Beach area South of Queen St. E.) where we will enjoy the lively 'trick or treat' spirit and see some of the best Halloween decorations in the city. Costumes are welcome and sometimes we even get candy, too. This skate has been an annual event and some consider our presence to be a part of the Halloween scene.
We group up at 6:45 pm in the parking lot in front of Tim Horton's (Ashbridges Bay) on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. (just east of Coxwell Ave., at the traffic lights), and depart from there at 7:00 pm, sharp. As always, we do not skate if the pavement is wet (especially now, since wet leaves make it extremely treacherous). 'Apres' will be at Hasting's house (address provided after the skate).
This is the last Friday Night Skate of the year. We've had another fantastic season, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has come out to the skates. The Friday Night Skate is unique, but it's you who participate that make it great.My thanks to all of you, and I look forward to seeing you again next year for our 2018 season.