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Outdoor, Winter Fun, Hot Spots

By on January 17, 2018
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When you’re ready to take on winter in the great outdoors, here are some fun places to go and things to try to get you movement motivated.

Take in Winter Brightening
Outdoor Art in T.O.

Toronto is lighting up winter nights with illuminating works of outdoor art. New this year at Ontario Place is the Winter Light Exhibition. After taking in the sights, take on other winter-themed activities at the Place like skating. It is free to attend from December 8, 2017 to March 18, 2018. The Toronto Light Fest creatively brightens the Distillery Historic District from January 19 to March 11, 2018 and features works by Canadian and international light artists. Along the Toronto waterfront January 19 to February 25, 2018 catch sight of Ice Breakers a series of large art installations along lakeside west of Yonge Street. It runs February 19 to April 1, 2018.

Tie on Some Skates
Bentway Skate Trail’s Official Opening is on January 6, 2018 under the Gardiner Expressway. The opening weekend will also host the Mayor’s Skate Party on Sunday, January 7 from 1-4pm with Mayor Tory and members of Toronto City Council. Complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate will be available during the fun, family event. The inaugural Winter Season at The Bentway will run from January 6 – mid-March, 2018 (weather permitting). Ongoing winter programming will include free Monday night skate rentals and Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs.

Savour Unique Flavours
Winterlicious is held January 26 to February 8, 2018, where you can indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. The Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works features a Street Food Market. The farmer’s market continues winter long with many other outdoor activities. Try your hand at street curling. Take a walk through the Don Valley nature trails or take on the trials on a fat bike ride (on bikes with wide tires made for cycling the snowy trails). Children can join in winter themed fun in the Children’s Garden.

Take a Winter Hike or Snowshoe
Top winter hiking trails in Toronto are typically low on snow, but high in scenic beauty offering the opportunity for serenity. Favourites are the Sun Valley Loop (Crothers Woods), High Park Trails, Leslie Street Spit, Cedarvale Ravine and Belt Line and Moore Park Ravine, and Don Valley Brick Works. For snowshoeing, some quick and easy options to reach are Bronte Coronation and Battery Park Trail, King’s Mill Park Trail, Edwards Garden Trail and the 10 km of trails in the Christie Lake Conservation Area.

Take in Some Early Sights of Spring
The Canada Blooms & National Home show is the largest flower and garden festival in the country. With acres of indoor creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance, be inspired and get your first taste of Spring. It is held March 9-18, 2018.

Winter Festivals in Ontario

February 3-19, 2018

February 2-19, 2018

Sault Sainte Marie
Carnival Bon Soo
February, 2018

Fire and Ice Festival
January 27, 2018

Stratford Winterfest
January 19-21, 2018

Snofest Winter Carnival
January 6-29, 2018

Niagara Falls
Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights
November, 2017 to January 31, 2018

Charleen Wyman, BA English, BA Journalism and Communications is an outdoor enthusiast and the editor of Healthy Directions magazine.

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