First off you'll be happy to know that skating is a skill that you'll have for life... so picking it back up again will be easy... picking yourself up again... well that might be hard, and the ice will be even harder on your old bones than it was when you were a kid. So take it easy... no flying camels on your first time out.
Not sure about Nathan Phillips Square whether they are natural ice, artificial (don't think so) or frozen from pipes below. If they are natural then there won't be ice as of yet... we've had an unsually mild (warm) November, and I'm not even sure Toronto has seen temps below freezing much yet (certainly not in the daytime).
Perhaps, a local can come by and confirm the status of the outdoor rink...
EDIT - Looks like CFLAVOURED and I were posting at the same time... so now you have a "local" perspective.Edited: 02 December 2009, 00:29
Or, for some of us, skating is a skill we'll lack for life.
The Nathan Philips Square rink does have some kind of artificial cooling, so it needs cool weather but not below-freezing temperatures. It was scheduled to open November 21; from what CFlavoured said, it sounds like it's running on schedule.
If you did need it -- I'm sure you won't -- you can limp two blocks east to St. Michael's Hospital at Queen and Victoria.
Quick update: I was in the area so I popped into the square. Definitely open, with minimal crowds for a beautifully sunny and warm late afternoon. The Christmas tree and lights are also up and running.
I noticed on Monday while driving by Nathan Philips Square, that the rink is open. In fact there were quite a few people skating.
Here is a link to a website that lists a few tips that may help you especially if you haven't been on skates in years. To tell you the truth, for years I used to skate daily and then went a period of several years without skating ...when I finally got back on skates it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. The good part is it will come back to you eventually. I read on one site to make sure to bend your knees, and not be too stiff and I think that is a good piece of advice.
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