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Things to Do in Toronto in Winter
Outdoor adventures, cozy cuisine and all things wellness—here are some bright ideas to make the most of the winter in Toronto.
Now is the time of longer nights and brighter lights in Toronto. There is extra time to be open and adventurous, to try new things and to connect with those you love. Whether you're working on your New Year's resolutions, prioritizing self-care or just looking to enjoy all the season has to offer, you can find bright ideas to spark your curiosity in Toronto this season.
Toronto doesn’t show signs of stopping when snow hits the ground. The frosty foliage and sparkling snowflakes make the perfect backdrop for quintessential winter activities like tobogganing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore the great outdoors, Toronto-style.
- Catch the ferry to Toronto Islands—snowshoeing and cross-country skiing await!
- Skate up a storm at Nathan Phillips Square, or any of Toronto’s skating rinks
- Bundle up and explore Toronto's best winter-friendly parks
- Walk along the trails of Rouge National Urban Park or Evergreen Brickworks
- Capture the wintery relics in Guild Park & Gardens, or take your camera to the Waterfront for more winter views
- Get some fresh air with a brisk open-air workout
As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto has over 140 neighbourhoods, each with its own unique style and vibe. And if you think you’ve seen it all, think again—each neighbourhood completely transforms in the winter, bringing a new, magical feel to the city.
- Wander the quaint cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District
- Have a quintessential Toronto experience in the South Core
- Feel the winter magic in family-friendly Cabbagetown
- Take a winter workcation in the Financial District
- Treat that special someone to a romantic date night in Chinatown
- Bundle up for a day of indoor and outdoor fun on Yonge Street
Toronto’s culinary scene is hot, no matter the time of year. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and indulge in comfort foods that warm you up from the inside. Whether you’re in the mood for Eastern European eats or a taste of Tibet, you’re sure to find a dish to satisfy any palette in the 6ix.
- Treat yourself to a MICHELIN-starred meal or book a reservation at these peak luxury restaurants
- Warm up with a bowl of Toronto's best ramen
- Brunch with your besties in Toronto’s locally-loved neighbourhoods: Liberty Village, Cabbagetown, Riverside, or Bloor West Village
- Cheers to the winter season with a cool-weather cocktail (or, a non-alcoholic drink of your choice)
- Sip on some afternoon tea at one of Toronto's best hotel lobby bars
- Dine in style at these celebration-worthy accessible restaurants
Toronto is not a city that hibernates. When the temperatures drop, the city gets innovative and finds new ways to celebrate all it has to offer. Whether you're bundling up for a winter festival or staying cozy in a museum or world-class attraction, you'll find something to surprise and delight you every day, around every corner, in Toronto.
- Marvel at the dazzling light displays at Casa Loma — North America’s only castle
- Spend an evening at the AGO (admission is free on Wednesday) or another night out at Toronto's cultural institutions
- Get your creative juices flowing at a creative workshop, where you can even make your own souvenirs
- Explore what's going on in Toronto's arts and culture scene with NowPlayingTO
Winter is the perfect time to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Instead of hibernating, there are many ways to keep your spirits up and stay on track with your New Year's resolutions. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your winter wellness routine in Toronto