5 Cliché but Awesome Things to Do in and Around Toronto this Winter
Winter is one of the best seasons to take in everything Toronto has to offer. It may get cold here in the Great White North, but that doesn’t mean you should stay inside and hibernate all season long. Bundle up, get outside, and enjoy the chilly season. With everything from holiday markets, to skating and skiing, and winter vineyard tours, there’s so much to do in Toronto come winter.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend your days (and nights) this season, here are 5 cliché but totally awesome things to do in and around Toronto this winter!
Toronto Christmas Market
The Toronto Christmas Market is a must-visit for a true Torontonian winter. The city’s Distillery District is transformed into a magical, holiday fest with activities for all ages to enjoy. It boasts one of Toronto’s largest real Christmas trees, locally crafted products, festive lighting, beer gardens, a carousel, and of course, Santa and his reindeer. It’s one of the best ways to spend a day (or night) this winter!
Hit the Slopes
If you’re a skier or snowboarder or want to try your luck on the slopes this year, there are quite a few ski hills in the surrounding Toronto area. From Blue Mountain, about 2.5 hours north, to Hockley Valley, less than two hours North West and Ski Dagmar to the East, you can spend the day on the slopes and warm up with a warm hot chocolate and poutine in the chalet afterwards.
Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village
If you’re looking to get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors this winter, head to Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village to embrace the cold and snow. From campfires to tours of the Don Valley trails, you can see the winter wonderland Toronto has to offer. You can also browse the Holiday Etsy Market on Sundays and shop fresh produce at the Saturday Farmers Market.
Snowshoe Vineyard Tours
If you thought winery tours were just for spring and summer, think again. Less than a three hour drive from Toronto, the Grey county region offers snowshoeing vineyard tours at the Georgian Hills Vineyards. Snowshoe through the wineries, and end the day cozying up by the fire with a glass of vino and artisan cheese board.
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Come February, the Bloor-Yorkville annual ice fest will have the neighbourhood transformed into a showcase of intricate ice sculptures and ice carving demonstrations. This year’s Ice Fest theme will be Canada 150, so you can expect gorgeous creations including Canadian Mounties and the Parliament Buildings. Bundle up, grab a hot drink, and take in the gorgeous sculptures. The event is free and takes place on Saturday, February 25 (12 noon – 8 pm) & Sunday, February 26 (12 noon – 5 pm.)
Do you know any other amazing things to do in Toronto this winter? Share with us in the comments.
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.