The weekend is almost here and with it there is plenty to do in and around Toronto. From winter activities and delicious bites to patios and date nights, here are some of the best things to do in and around Toronto this weekend.
THE BENTWAY SKATE TRAIL
While there are tons of places to skate in and around the city, Toronto’s iconic skating rink under the Gardiner Expressway is only open for a few weeks. No matter your skill level, the 220-meter Figure 8 Loop has everything you need, from skating lessons to rental and sharpening services. Not to mention, there are tons of special events and art installations throughout the season.
When: 250, boul. Fort York
Or: Until February 21
When visiting Harbourfont Center this weekend, take a moment to experience Nordic culture and art. Offering bright outdoor winter experiences, starting with the northern lights, this festival will “connect us with the realm of the gods to our world of light and art” by walking along the Bifrost, a dazzling rainbow bridge.
Or: 235 Queens Quay West
When: January 27 – February 13
DINING ON A HEATED PATIO
Even though the temperature continues to drop, that doesn’t stop people from dining and sipping cocktails on the terraces next to heaters and fire pits. With tons of gorgeous heated patios in Toronto, you’ll have everything you need to stay snug all season long.
Patios are currently allowed to remain open throughout January and there is plenty to discover in the city. You may want to call them ahead to confirm their hours of operation and make a reservation.
Or: See Toronto’s Winter Patios here
SCRATCH A SLEDGE HILL
When it snows in Toronto, it only means one thing: it’s time to hit one of Toronto’s many toboggan hills. Whether you’re from the west or the east, or from North York, there’s sure to be an epic hill near you. So grab your sled and a few friends for some free outdoor fun.
Or: Discover the best toboggan runs in Toronto
HAVE A ROMANTIC DATE IN
With the weather, there’s not much that will get us out of the house. Luckily, there are actually a lot of things we can do from home, some of which can be quite romantic. If you are in a relationship, trying to woo someone special, or need something different to do, here are 10 indoor date ideas for when it’s too cold to leave the house.
BISHA HOTELS WINTER CHALET & ICE RINK
A new destination for dreamy winter fun has opened up in the city. Toronto’s Bisha Hotel has transformed its fourth-floor terrace into a private skating rink and cozy winter lodge where you can slide in the afternoon, then refuel and warm up with a few treats. Bisha guests can reserve the rink for a two-hour private skate, then enjoy hot drinks and fresh baked goods in the chalet.
Or: 80 Blue Jays Road
WALKING AN ALPACA
There is nothing more fluffy and soft than an alpaca in winter! And just an hour and a half drive from Toronto, who wouldn’t want to visit Harmony Meadows to hang out with tons of friendly alpacas?
Book your tour in advance and spend a peaceful afternoon strolling with a four-legged friend and learning all about these special animals from their guides.
Or: 6185 Sixth Line, Belwood
DISCOVER THE NEW CAKE BOSS BAKERY
After months of waiting, Carlo’s Bakery is officially open in Mississauga. With a spacious outdoor patio and a wide variety of mouthwatering desserts straight from Buddy Valastro’s family cookbook, this is a must visit for cake boss and pastry lovers.
Or: 167 Lakeshore Road West
WALK A WINTER WALKING TRAIL
Between working from home and very few places to go in Toronto right now, we could spend some time outdoors. Luckily, this city has tons of peaceful nature trails that can be enjoyed year-round. It’s time to get back to basics and check out all the best trails the city has to offer.
Or: See Toronto’s best trails here
Only a few hours from the city, this special experience is a great excuse to enjoy the fresh air and nature. Take a dreamy winter walk under the stars and by the glow of twinkling lights and campfires. And while you’re there, don’t forget to snap Instagram-worthy photos of the art installations on display along the trail, live performers, food and drink, and of course, the breathtaking scenery. .
When: Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Milburough Line
Or: Until February 20