Whether you’re into White Christmas or White Russians, there’s something for you in Toronto this winter. As the biggest city in the country, you can bet there are dozens of things to do and try this chilly season. Whip on a scarf and Maple Leafs jersey, because these top winter activities in Toronto are waiting for you.
1. Maple Leafs Hockey
What’s loud, buzzed, and freezing cold? A Maple Leafs hockey fan, and proud of it! Don’t miss a game this winter, where you can find yourself in a sea of cheering blue. Bring a blanket if you’ve never been to a game. The Maple Leaf Gardens can get pretty frosty on the inside.
2. Nathan Phillips Square
Your girlfriend might find your indecisiveness annoying, but not Toronto! With over 50 city-run outdoor ice skating rinks to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. If you need a suggestion, Nathan Phillips Square (open all winter) is the most popular rink, and includes an illuminated Toronto sign perfect for Instagram pictures. Take your date to this Toronto winter attraction and he or she might just think you’re the most decisive person on earth.
Get ready, get set, and go stuff your face with the best food in Toronto! For two weeks at the tail end of January through February, the city puts on Winterlicious. Over 200 restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Plus, there are demonstrations, cooking classes, and food-to-drink parings. Grab yourself a cocktail and feast at these top places to visit in Toronto in winter.
4. Winterfolk Music Festival
Those Toronto winter blues have nothing to do with sadness. When you’re in T.O., it’s all about the Winterfolk Music Festival, which showcases genres like blues, jazz, folk, country, and rock. Additionally, there are musical workshops available, if you want to test your dexterity on something other than your phone’s keypad. Playing Feb 17-19, 2017, on five different stages, this winter festival brings a ton of happiness to the frosty season.
5. Beach Volleyball
Want to RSVP a “no” to the cold winter in Toronto? Well, you can enjoy some beach volleyball instead. Beach Blast is open all year and has seven indoor sandbox courts. You don’t have to wait until the ice thaws to get in a good serve.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stay in and hide. Instead, grab a drink, a sports jersey, and enjoy everything Toronto offers.