In just a few weeks, some brave Torontonians will be stripping down right to their undies to go ice skating at one of downtown Toronto’s largest outdoor rinks.
Why, you ask? All for a great cause, and bold, fun way to close out 2023.
The annual Polar Bear Skate put on by New Circles Community Services will be collecting donations of warm winter clothing in support of local individuals and families living on a limited income.
Skaters can shed as many layers as they like depending on their comfort level, and lace up for the skate with dozens of others which starts at 1 p.m. on December 31. In-person registration begins at noon.
The Polar Bear Skate will take place at The Bentway, Toronto’s huge figure eight-shaped skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway, which opens for the season on December 16.
If you want to participate, the event is completely free to attend, just head to their website to register in advance. They are also taking day-of registrations, but it depends on capacity.
You can bring your own skates if you have them, or rent them directly onsite. Participants will all receive a free Bentway toque and hot chocolate.
For those who don’t want to skate but still want to check it out, you can stop by to cheer the skaters on, and donate to the clothing drive.
Those 19 years and older can also grab a drink after from Hop Valley Brewing Co.
In terms of winter items being collected, the website is asking for new and gently-worn winter coats, boots, snowsuits, and accessories (mitts, hats, etc.).
Time to shed those layers for a good cause!