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posted on January 18, 2012
By: RYAN LUM and MARK DANCE
Published: January 15, 2012
Our outdoor hockey road trip seemed to be taking a turn for the worse as we drove through the pouring rain into Toronto. The temperature was well above freezing and conditions looked more favourable for a swim than for a skate.
But as we got farther into town, we started to spot games of shinny hockey in large, well-lit outdoor rinks. We soon discovered Canada’s metropolis has the best winter can offer: 51 outdoor rinks, all outfitted with refrigeration systems — the most compressor-cooled outdoor rinks of any city in the world.
This means that one of Canada’s warmest places has one of the country’s longest skating seasons. The cooling system can keep the surface hard and smooth up to 15 C, so T-shirt hockey in March is common.