The Bentway Skate Trail Winter Season

The Bentway Skate Trail Winter Season

NEW!! The Bentway Skate Trail Winter Season officially opens SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 with live musical performances, all-day DJs and a visit from Canadian Figure Skating Pair, Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch.

This new public space – The Bentway – will offer year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more!

Opening Weekend of the Bentway Skate Trail

Officially open to the public on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 am with special events all weekend including

  • Mayor’s Skate Party (Sun, January 7: 1-4:00 pm)
  • Live musical performances by Charmie Deller, Carmen Braden, T.Dot BANGERZ Brass, and a sing-along with Singing OUT
  • Meet Canadian figure skating pairs silver medalists, Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch
  • FREE admission & tours in Fort York

Complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate will be available during the fun, family event.

Opening day DJs, spinning from 11:30am-11:00 pm, include

  • Fawn Big Canoe
  • Dirty Dale
  • DJ Steph Honey
  • DJ Shub
  • Skratch Bastid
  • Nino Brown

For information on the Official Opening Weekend of the Bentway, please visit


The Bentway is under the Gardiner Expressway beside the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) between Strachan Ave. and Bathurst St.

It stretches from just east of Fort York’s Visitor Centre to Bastion St.

The Bentway – Winter Season

Throughout the Winter Season, The Bentway’s inaugural public art exhibition, “Constructions of the Everyday”, which encompasses a variety of work from several artists, will be on view.

The inaugural Winter Season at The Bentway will run from January 6 –mid-March, 2018 (weather permitting).

Ongoing winter programming will include

  • FREE Monday night skate rentals
  • Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs
  • A curated food truck program will serve hot food, warm/cold drinks, and desserts
  • Friday-Monday evenings warm up in the Strongbow Lounge

A skating village, designed by + tongtong, will be installed at The Bentway and will house the skate rental shop, warming stations and a variety of seating options.