The Best of Winter in Toronto
Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
These fun activities are a few of the ways Torontonians get out of the cold in the winter.
201 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B8, Canada
When the winters get really cold and snowy in Toronto, locals get excited to take their sleds to the hills. There's a multitude of challenging and fun hills for beginners and experts alike. My personal favorite hill is at Riverdale Park...
176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7, Canada
Gazing at the holiday window displays at famed department stores like the Hudson's Bay Company (founded because of fur trading) and luxury retailer Holt Renfrew is a free and festive tradition among Torontonians in late November up to Christmas....
100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
The Cavalcade of Lights, held at Toronto's City Hall near the end of every November is the inauguration of the holiday season. The Christmas Tree (or Holiday Tree, as some in our politically correct city call it) is lit and the skating rink opens....
Toronto, ON, Canada
Spinning your sweetheart around Nathan Philip’s Square on skates is a distinctly Canadian experience, one that visitors shouldn’t miss just because they forgot to pack their Bauer blades. Skates are rented on site for a small fee, meaning that...
The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
It doesn't take long for a visitor to realize that most of Toronto's activities focus around eating and drinking. A visitor may also notice the stark architecture that competes for space in the sky. Many of Toronto's older buildings aren't...
100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada
Since its inception in 1979, The One of a Kind Show (OOAK)--with shows during winter and spring--is the largest consumer craft show in North America, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually. Held at the Exhibition Centre, peruse through over 800...
Toronto, ON, Canada
Every January and February, Toronto's flashiest restaurants serve up tasty and affordable prix fixe menus. (There is a similar festival in the summer, aptly titled Summerlicious). Taste an appetizer, main and dessert from $15 to $30 for lunch; and...
145 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1, Canada
The best way to get in the mood for the holiday season is to treat yourself to a performance to the Nutcracker, performed by the National Ballet of Canada. Held at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing arts, the ornate theatre is a wonderful...
Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, ON, Canada
Since 2005, brave souls have convened at Sunnyside Beach in Toronto’s west end every New Year’s Day, skim down to their skivvies and run towards Lake Ontario for the annual Polar Bear Dip. This frigid activity isn’t just lunacy. In conjunction...
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