Winter in Toronto is just as fun as summer, if not more so. There are lots of things to do during winter in Toronto which the whole family can get involved in. Here are 5 things we recommended you try during your stay this winter.

1. Ice Skating

Ice skating is a common outdoor activity in Canada. Skating is unlike any other sporting activity or exercise in its uniqueness. Riding a bike or running is like second nature to many people, but putting on a pair of skates for the first time can be intimidating, although also very fun to learn and improve. In Toronto we are lucky enough to have weather that enables us to skate outdoors for up to three or four months of the year. Nathan Phillips Square is right downtown and a popular venue for casual skating, from beginners to those who have skated all their lives. It runs from mid November to mid March, dependent on weather. You can hire skates from Nathan Phillips Square too. There are several other outdoor rinks located all throughout the city if Nathan Phillips Square is not convenient for you. Skating is fun, great exercise, and can also be very humbling to people who’ve never skated before because if it’s your first time on a pair of skates, you may want to be holding something or someone as balance can be difficult.

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2. Outdoor Guides Walks & Parks

With the four seasons that Canada has, there is a vast array of changes in weather, tree leaf colour, ground conditions, and all kinds of wildlife to be seen. Tommy Thompson Park offers guided walks through the year, visit for information on guided tours throughout the year. There are also many parks throughout the city where you can exercise or simply relax and have a picnic, although not in winter for the picnic. High Park is a beautiful Park just slightly west of downtown. It boasts a free zoo, picnic areas, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. If you love the outdoors, High Park will suit your needs. It is highly recommended.

3. Snowboarding & Skiing

If snowboarding and skiing are you passion, there are several options available in and around Toronto for you. Ski season generally runs for 3-4 months, between December and into March. All the hills offer lessons for beginners, rentals, as well as more challenging hills for the experts. Have fun and stay safe, not too fast.

4. Fat Biking

No we’re not calling you fat and you need to start biking, this is referring to the size of the tires and the traction needed for the snow. If you want a great workout in the fresh Canadian air, fat biking is worth a try. Bike around some of the trails throughout Toronto. Check out Evergreen Brick Works and Albion Hills Conservation Area for more information.

5. Indoor Attractions

If you’ve experienced all the outdoor activities you wanted to, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. The Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL hockey) and Toronto Raptors (NBA basketball) regularly play home games at the Air Canada Centre throughout the months of October to April or May.

There are many other attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario and Casa Loma. There is also Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as Bata Shoe Museum, and Toronto’s Theatre District, the third largest English speaking theatre district in the world. There are many indoor activities, festivals, and events throughout the winter to enjoy.

There are lots of things to do in Toronto year round to enjoy. Enjoy your stay in Toronto. Please feel free contact us for any specific questions you may have.


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