Hibernation is tempting when it's cold out but these 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.
Crokicurl and cozy up by a fire pit
Gather up to seven friends for a fun game that blends curling and crokinole. Crokicurl is set up on a massive ice rink at Stackt and your booking comes with access to a heated patio. Dare I mention the brewery next door? Of course, you could cozy up with a drink in hand at one of the many fire pits onsite or better yet, book yourself dinner at the GoldInn where you can enjoy a five-course meal served in the warmth of a well ventilated private shipping container dining room.
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 favourite 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 to live tunes
Looking for a lively skate session? Then lace up and head to the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail at College Park on select Friday evenings for Skates and Sounds where local DJs spin live tunes. 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 pop-up photo stations and fire pits.
Sip pints in an igloo
If your ideas of staying active outdoors involve lifting pints, this one is for you! Private igloos at Pogue Mahone means you can enjoy a traditional winter pub night with your mates. Sip on pints of beer or warm cocktails and nosh on pipping hot pizzas, burgers and fish ‘n’ chips. All in the privacy of your heated dome while being served by some of the city’s finest!
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 quite magical when it’s 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.
Don those toques and mitts and head out with friends and family for winter fun outdoors. There’s no need to hibernate!