Hibernation is tempting when it's cold out but these Toronto outdoor winter activities take "the usual" up a notch.

If you’re looking for ways to stay active and be adventurous, we have some suggestions for you. Yes, there's tobogganing in your backyard and your regular ol' skating but in Toronto, you'll find the outdoor winter activities you've come to love with a fun urban twist. 

Roast marshmallows by Lake Ontario

Reserve your personal fire pit and gather around the warm fire to tell ghost stories or roast your own marshmallows at Ontario Place. Be sure to bring a blanket and layer up if you plan to roam the grounds because it can get quite cold by the water. You’ll catch some of the best Toronto sunsets from here, so time your visit accordingly.

Snowshoe and spot wildlife

Grab those snowshoes and head into High Park for a romantic walk through the woods. There are many trails throughout the park, and my favourites are the snow-covered ones along the west side that bring you to Grenadier Pond. There’s plenty of wildlife here in the winter, so keep a lookout and get ready to snap some pictures.

Skate under the Gardiner

Looking for a lively skate session? Then, lace up and head underneath the Gardiner Expressway at the Bentway Glide amongst the downtown skyscrapers grooving to the beats. Be sure to grab snacks and drinks from the nearby vendors if you want to warm up, and keep an eye out for toasty fire pits.

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Go on a photo safari

From the urban wildlife of Toronto’s Sunnyside neighbourhood and the glistening views of Lake Ontario to the grand statues and nature at Guild Park, there is no shortage of Instagram-worthy subject matter to photograph in Toronto this winter. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just snapping casual photos, Toronto’s winter views will inspire you.

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Toboggan with city views

Imagine whizzing down a hill while looking out towards the Toronto skyline. That’s exactly what you can do at Riverdale Park East. This 18-hectare park near Danforth and Broadview Avenues offers wide hills for thrilling rides that will have kids and adults squealing in delight. 

Cross-country ski on the islands

A popular summer destination is also magical when covered in snow and icicles. Bring your skis onboard the ferry and roam around Centre Island. If you’re looking for a peaceful day of solitude, this is a great option. Remember to pack your own snacks because the island vendors are seasonal. If you don’t own a pair of cross-country skis, you can rent them from Mountain Equipment Co-Op in the city.