We just had Halloween and the temperature keeps dropping day after day! Before we know it, it’s all gloves and toques again. But there’s no need to worry, here are some things to do to enjoy Toronto’s winter season.
1. Ice Skating
Grab your skates and ice skate away! You won’t run out of skating rinks in Toronto, may it be indoor or outdoor. Most rinks also offer skate rentals for those who don’t have their own. Here are some of the popular places to skate this winter.
- Nathan Phillips Square
- The Beltway Skating Trail
- Harbourfront Centre
- Sherbourne Common
2. Ontario Place
Ontario Place is full of winter activities and festivals that you could definitely enjoy even with the cold weather. From shows and performances, festival of lights, and movie nights! Check out their website for more.
Before you go ride and slide, make sure you are aware of the city’s bylaw on tobogganing. There are lots of parks that legally allow the activity but there are still some where it is prohibited.
4. Skiing and snowboarding
First timer or pro? It doesn’t matter because most ski places offer ski lessons for ages 3 and up! There are two ski places in the city and more in the GTA. Most of them also offer ski gear rentals too!
- Centennial Ski and Snowboard
- Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard
- Mount Chinguacousy Ski Area
- Caledon Ski Club
- Glen Eden Ski Area
- Ski Lakeridge
- Skyloft Ski Resort
- Upland Ski Centre
- Recreational Outdoor Campus
Aside from hockey, Canadians also love snowshoeing. This winter sport is one of the many ways to explore and enjoy snowy trails. It’s hiking in snow, basically. Get the right gears and dress up warmly – yes, layer over layer. There are a number of spots near the city where you can go for snowshoeing. Some of them also offer guided hikes.
- Scenic Caves Nature Adventure-Collingwood
- Coronation and Batter Park – Downtown Toronto
- Albeon Hills – Caledon
- Ganaraska Forest – Port Hope
- Christie Lake Conservation Area – Hamilton
- Snow Valley – Barrie
- Crawford Lake – Milton
- Algonquin Park – Nipissing
- Snowshoeing Adventures Humber Aboretum – Toronto
- Muskoka Back Country – Muskoka
If you wanted to have a warmer winter, you can always visit tons of museums across the city. Check out art installations, paintings, historical sculptures, and limited art exhibits.
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Casa Loma
- Textile Museum of Canada
- Aga Khan Museum
- Gardiner Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art
7. Musicals, Shows, and Plays
There are lots of plays and musicals coming up this winter season. Get cozy in the theatres and enjoy the show! You can also check online to see the full schedule and purchase tickets.
- The Phantom of the Opera – January 8 to February 2, 2020
- Disney On Ice: Dream Big – January 24-26, 2020
- Cats – December 3, 2019
8. Watch games
Cheer for Toronto teams! Support our teams from Ice Hockey to Basketball, watch the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, and the Raptors compete. You can check their sites for their upcoming games.