Written By: Monday, January 11th 2016

Public skating, a time honoured tradition since I was a boy…skating around the rink, chasing girls, dodging and avoiding other skaters as I zipped by them with my hockey gloves on. The sad things about that statement is that I haven’t been public skating for many years, you can’t play tag anymore during public skating as it’s considered unsafe and my wife probably wouldn’t appreciate me chasing women around the ice nowadays either, that might actually get me arrested if I tried that as an adult…
We recently got my son his first pair of skates and I realized that I have never gone public skating since I moved to the area a couple years ago, a fact that will change in the near future I’m sure and one that got me thinking about all the places in the area that we could take little Johnny skating. There are a lot to choose from but here are 4 spots that you can go public skating this winter in the area:

1. Tay Community Rink –  560 Calvert St, Port McNicoll
This is the only open outdoor rink in Tay Township as of this writing.
FREE Family Skating takes place every day of the week.
Everyday – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 1:00pm-4:00pm

Best outdoor rink ever! #portMcNicoll#puck

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2.Eastview Arena – 453 Grove St. East, Barrie
This is one of many arenas throughout Barrie that offer public skating.
Public skating is available every Sunday, 2:30pm-4:20pm.
There is a fee which depends on your age:
Child (13 & under)…$2.25
Youth (13-17)…$3.50
Adult (18-59)…$4.75
Seniors(60+)/Special Needs…$2.65

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3. Penetanguishene Arena – Maria St, Penetanguishene
As of January 1st, 2016, public skating in Penetanguishene is FREE.
Public skating is available on:
Fridays, 6:00pm-7:20pm
Sundays, 12:30pm-1:50pm

Ol’ #88 has some wheels!

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4. Midland North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre – 527 Len Self Boulevard, Midland
Public skating  is available Saturdays, 1:20pm-2:50pm and Sundays, 1:20pm-2:35pm.
Parent & Tot(up to 7 years) public skating is available Sundays, 2:45pm-3:45pm.
Children (12 years & younger) – $2.00
Adult – $3.00
Family – $6.00

The quiet before the storm. #bethestorm #girlshockey #nystorm @nyshockey #bantambb #hockeydad #hockeynightincanada

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Happy Skating!