“I’m not crazy about the cold weather, but I do appreciate that we get snow, which can be pretty magical,” says Jessica Lam of the popular blog Diary of a Toronto Girl. “Even with the chill, there are still plenty of ways to make the most of winter and tons of fun things to do in the GTA.”
Our sinking temperatures create lots of frozen fun outdoors, she says, such as the Bloor-Yorkville IceFest and various hiking, tobogganing, and ice-skating options: “It makes the icy weather a little more bearable.”
Bundle up and try out some of Lam’s suggestions for a winter-wonderland win.
Skating at Harbourfront
“Nathan Phillips Square is the most popular spot to go skating downtown, but I love skating at Harbourfront. It’s a little less busy, and you get a view of the CN Tower. They’ve temporarily moved the rink to the concert stage, and it’s now an ice loop. Afterwards, warm up with some of the best coffee in the city at Boxcar Social.”
Tobogganing at Riverdale Park
“Riverdale Park East offers up amazing views of the Toronto skyline, and it’s also a super-popular spot to go tobogganing, and can be fun for adults, too. Once you’ve had your fill of slipping and sliding, grab a hot drink across the street at Rooster Coffeehouse.”
Instagramming at Polson Pier
“Polson Pier is also one of the best spots to see the Toronto skyline if you’re looking to snap an Instagram-worthy photo. I especially love when the lake freezes over: it looks even more beautiful.”
Exploring the Toronto Light Festival
“This festival takes over the Distillery District every January to March, and it’s one of the winter events I look forward to most. They have all kinds of cool light installations from local and international artists every year, and it’s always a lot of fun to explore. Balzac’s is the perfect place to warm up afterwards, or if you’re looking for somewhere to eat, Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie is my favourite spot …….