Free Family Day skating lesson in Toronto doubles as world record attempt

When

Monday, February 16, 2015 (Family Day in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
Registration opens at 10 a.m.

Where

Harbourfront Ice Rink (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
Look for the RBC registration tent on the northeast side of the rink

Every year when Family Day comes around we find ourselves feeling like we really need to rise to the occasion. Movies, park time, sledding, just hanging out together — all good, but this is a designated “holiday”. I say we kick it up a notch.

RBC obviously had the same thought. They’ve organized the ultimate Family Day activity: free skating for everyone in Ontario.

For those in Toronto, there’s also a chance to be part of history, too! Join RBC at the beautiful outdoor ice rink at Harbourfront Centre, and participate in the attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ice skating lesson. Lessons will be led by Olympians Patrick Chan, Caroline Ouellette, Jennifer Botterill, Kevin Rempel, and Hockey hero, Wendel Clark!

Got a kid who just isn’t getting it, or has never even tried skating? Here’s the perfect opportunity to learn with other beginners, while we try to crush current Guinness World Record Winner Kazakhstan who conducted the largest ice skating lesson with 523 participants.

Are you an adult who’s afraid? Don’t let that stand in your way! You’re never too old to learn, as I discovered first-hand when I took my first lesson at 41 just a few weeks ago (that’s another story).

Free lessons, and complimentary skate and helmet rentals make this a no-brainer. Throw in my favourite post-skating ritual — a toasty hot chocolate — and record break or not, I’d say everyone is a winner when they’re learning together, outside, moving and having fun.

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