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December 23, 2008
Holiday hours for community skating, skiing and swimming available online
Recognizing the importance of community recreation in support of lifelong, active living, the City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to stay active during the holiday season, December 23 to January 4. The program schedules for Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s skate, swim and ski facilities can be found at

Public and family leisure skating programs at indoor arenas and the 49 artificial outdoor rinks are free for all ages. A large number of free swimming programs are also available during the holidays to suit the needs of every family.

Toronto’s two downhill skiing and snowboarding locations -- Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre and Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre -- have also listed holiday hours. The ski centres offer a range of programs to suit all ages and abilities. Look into getting a family ski pass to enjoy skiing day or night for the whole family.

Many community centres also offer free or low-cost drop-in programs over the holidays. Residents are encouraged to call or visit their local centre for more information.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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