Brave Torontonians to strip-down and skate for a good cause at The Bentway’s Polar Bear Skate

Friday, December 30, 2022


The Bentway’s Polar Bear Skate returns! Brave Torontonians are invited to strip down to their skivvies and skate the trail for a good cause - it’s both a clothing drive and a wild way to close out the year.

Donations of warm winter clothing will be collected onsite by New Circles Community Services and distributed to newcomer and refugee families experiencing winter in Toronto for the first time.


Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

  • Participant registration begins at 12:00 p.m.
  • Event begins at 1:00 p.m. SHARP.
  • We recommend media arrive no later than 12:45 so you don't miss the camera opp!


The Bentway Skate Trail ​
Located under the Gardiner Expressway, east of Strachan Ave. 


Green P parking is available under the Gardiner at 250 Fort York Blvd and at 800 Fleet St, just south of Strachan Gate. The nearest TTC stop is 'Strachan Ave at Fleet St North Side', serviced by routes 504 and 363. The nearest bike station is 'Fleet St/Garrison Rd (Fort York)'. ​ ​ ​ 


Representatives from The Bentway available for on-site interviews. Polar Bear Skate participants will also be on-site. Please note: the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. sharp! We recommend arriving at 12:45 so you don’t miss this camera opp. 


Over the holidays (December 17 to January 8)

  • Skating will be open every day from 12pm-9pm, including skate rentals, skate sharpening, and a hot chocolate bar.

After the holidays (January 9 to February 20)

  • ​Skating will be open weekends 12pm-9pm; weekdays 5pm-9pm; holidays and TDSB Elementary P.A. days 12pm-9pm - all including skate rentals and skate sharpening. During this period, the hot chocolate bar will be open Fridays to Mondays only.

Also from January 9 to February 20, visitors can enjoy special treats and offerings:

  • Billy Bishop Free Rental Fridays - Free skate rentals are available every Friday from 5pm-9pm, courtesy of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport [starting January 13].
  • Free Hot Chocolate Mondays - Mondays are date night at The Bentway! Come enjoy your free hot chocolate onsite and explore the neighbourhood, every Monday from 5pm-9pm, courtesy of CityPlace Fort York BIA [starting January 9].
  • Free Beginner Skate Lessons - Expert instructors will help build essential skills for novice skaters every Tuesday: 5:00pm-6:00pm for children aged 6 to 12, and 6:00pm-7:00pm for those aged over 12 [starting January 10]. Registration for Beginner Skate Lessons opens December 20 at


For more information, please contact:

Sneha Lohtia

Craft Public Relations


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About The Bentway

The Bentway works “to ignite the urban imagination”, using the city as site, subject, and canvas.

Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a growing public space, and much more. The Bentway is a new type of civic organization: a not-for-profit, powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, residents, supporters, artists, city-builders, and dreamers. The Bentway is a catalyst rooted in experimentation, leading a creative movement to re-imagine the opportunities of urban spaces. Phase 1 of The Bentway opened in 2018 and is already a vital public space, backyard park, cultural platform, connector for the western Waterfront corridor and a demonstration of what is possible.

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