Downtown Loop - Toronto

12 km Mostly Flat, one hill Intermediate to Advanced Skill Level

A loop that takes you through downtown and along the newly revamped Harborfront area.  The route is mostly flat, with one hill on Strachan Avenue. Downtown you'll be skating on the Richmond Street bike lane or on the sidewalk if you're more comfortable there. Once you're down by the lake, there is a smooth dedicated bike path that will take you from Strachan Avenue all the way east to Parliament Street.

We suggest starting at the shop, but you could also start at from any of the paid parking lots on Queen's Quay.  Check the route map for additional information about what's along the route.

Nearest Transit Stop:
Route 504A - Cherry Street @ Front Street East

Address:
446 Front Street East

Latitude/Longitude:
43.653097, -79.355807

*Links will open in Google Maps on your mobile device if you have the Google Maps app installed.

May 26, 2019 by AJ DeLong
Tags: Paths Toronto

Why do you Skate on Big Wheels? Shop Task Toronto's Zachary Ruiz Explains his Setup

"Why do you skate on big wheels?" I get this question a lot when I cruise around the city on my 100mm wheels.

Most entry-level skates  come with 80mm or 90mm wheels depending on what you're looking for. It can be an odd sight seeing someone skating in bigger wheels wheels in the city as most skates generally come with a smaller wheel

In my experience smaller wheels accelerate fast but have a low top speed. They  are more agile compared to bigger wheels which are less agile. They accelerate slow but have have a higher top speed.

April 09, 2019 by Zachary Xavier Ruiz

Cherry Beach Loop - Toronto

Rollerblading on the Martin Goodman Trail near Cherry Beach
9 km Mostly Flat All Skill Levels

A loop that combines the Lower Don Trail and Martin Goodman Trail on the east side of downtown Toronto.  The route is mostly flat and on dedicated bike paths off the street.  There is a small portion on Unwin Ave where you'll be on the road, but it's not too busy.

We suggest starting at the shop, but you could also start at Cherry Beach or near the Starbucks located at the corner of Lakeshore Blvd E. and Leslie St.  Check the route map for additional information about what's along the route.

Nearest Transit Stop:
Route 504A - Cherry Street @ Front Street East

Address:
446 Front Street East

Latitude/Longitude:
43.653097, -79.355807

*Links will open in Google Maps on your mobile device if you have the Google Maps app installed.

March 28, 2019 by AJ DeLong
Tags: Paths Toronto

DISEMBARK

Disembark from what you thought inline skating was, and see what it could be. Leon Basin and Mike Torres skate around New York, Toronto, and Rochester on the five wheeled Wizard Progressive Rocker Frame.

January 31, 2019 by AJ DeLong
Tags: Videos

Toronto Sunday Night Skate - July 16, 2017

Inline skating in Toronto near Union Station

We had a smaller group for last week's Sunday Night Skate in Toronto mostly due to the rain that was coming down just before our meet up time of 6:30pm. Lucky for the ones that did show up, the rain did stop and surfaces dried up quickly. Being a smaller group, we were able to move quick and spontaneously through the city. Erik Burrow, our store manager at the Toronto shop, led us on an unforgettable inline urban exploration adventure. Here's a brief overview of some of the areas we passed through. You can find the complete route at the bottom of this post. However to fully experience the fun you can have with a group of good people sauntering through the city on inline skates, you have to join us on Sunday. Every Sunday (rain or shine) at 6:30pm we meet at our new Toronto storefront location in the amazing Canary District. The address is 446 Front Street East, we're on the corner of Front Street East and Rolling Mills Road.

July 20, 2017 by AJ DeLong

Toronto Sunday Night Skate - July 9, 2017

Toronto Sunday Night Inline Skate at the Canary District

Another solid turn out for our Sunday Night Skate in Toronto's Canary District.  This wonderful new area will be our new home for the Toronto shop.  Every Sunday we meet at 6:30pm in front of 446 Front Street East (the corner of Rolling Mills Road and Front Street East).  This is a social skate for everyone of all abilities and disciplines.  At the bottom of this post you will find a map of the route we took, try skating it and let us know what you think.  We want share great places for inline skating in Toronto so that you can enjoy rollerblading more.  Here's a recap of last weeks skate.

July 13, 2017 by AJ DeLong

Toronto Sunday Night Skate - July 2, 2017

Last Sunday we celebrated Canada's 150th birthday with a skate along Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront.  Our skate started off at what will be our new store location in the Canary District, and continued west along the Martin Goodman Trail.  Lots of people were out and about, the city was alive with good vibes.

Read the story and check the route map.

July 07, 2017 by AJ DeLong

The Wizard of Wall Street VOD

If you watched the above trailer, your next step is to head over to https://sellfy.com/p/gNgl/ and get your hands a must have piece of inline skating media. The Wizard of Wall Street is a 10 minute feature that will have you re evaluating the relationship you have with your skates and how you use them to interact with the world around you.  Filmed by Mike Torres during a month long trip to New York City, The Wizard of Wall Street allows Shop-Task owner Leon Basin to provide you with his own unique view from the street. Watch as he finds control amongst the chaos that is the city that never sleeps. Leon Basin is a wizard and you are about to be put under his spell.

January 08, 2016 by Erik Burrow

Skating at Night

You work. Monday to Friday 9 to 5. On weekends you are busy running errands and fixing things that shouldn't have broken. A quick trip to Ikea can easily turn into an exhausting day long excursion with the added bonus of having to assemble everything once you get home. You know the deal, we work hard but how often do we really get to play?

Wheels 4 Freedom (Our House)

The other day as I browsed the web for news relating to Inline Skating I came across a really inspiring CTV News story about 77 year old Norm Sharkley's goal to raise enough money to purchase a Vancouver property that will be used to assist homeless addicts within the Vancouver area. Perhaps the most interesting part of Norm's Wheels 4 Freedom campaign is his use of inline skates as a means of travelling a distance of approximately 5300km in order to raise the necessary funds to make his dream a reality.