There was some talk recently about skating on Grenadier Pond in High Park, and what the ice might be like. Today we discovered the ice was very cold and windy but brilliantly sunny. It wouldn’t be Toronto without warning signs, but once on the pond all officiousness dropped. People had cleared away a large area to skate in, and there was a steady stream of people out until they couldn’t take the cold anymore. There were some weird homemade shovels laying around that people seemed to have left for others to use and clear more if they wanted. The ice below the snow was remarkably smooth and thick looking.
There were a few long ice paths cleared as well, that snaked north. It would be sort of neat if more people went and created more paths, crisscrossing one another. The temperature is supposed to rise above zero in a few days, but until then don’t believe the signs, there is access and there is skating. The Grenadier Cafe at the top of the hill is open too, and it’s quite nice, though the sullen teenagers working there don’t appear to be enjoying their jobs — but they do squirt a fair amount of whipped cream onto the hot chocolates, so it balances out.