Weekends are the time to sleep in, indulge, and spend the money we worked so hard for all week long. Just because it’s cold out there and we’ve got a few days to wait until we can dine indoors again, doesn’t mean we can’t treat ourselves to some things we love — mimosa brunch, $10 burger deals, and hot chocolate, to name a few. Why hibernate all weekend long when there’s so much to do around the city?
Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this weekend.
FAIRWAY OF LIGHTS
Take a stroll on a sparkling trail through the woods this January at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham. Pets are invited to enjoy the 1 km trail every Sunday this month. The walk takes about 45 minutes to complete, so be sure to dress warmly. There are plenty of spots to snap photos along the trail too. If you didn’t get enough twinkling lights and magical vibes in December, this is definitely the place to go!
Where: 10080 Kennedy Rd
When: Until January 30th
THE BENTWAY SKATE TRAIL
Toronto’s iconic skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway is open for the winter season. The 220 metre, figure 8 loop has skating lessons, rentals, sharpening services, special events, and art installations throughout the season. You can also warm up with a free hot chocolate every Thursday evening, but drinks are available for purchase on-site every day of the week.
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Until February 21st
HIT UP A TOBOGGANING HILL
Make the most of all the snow and hit up one of Toronto’s many tobogganing hills. Whether you’re in the west end, the east end or North York, there’s sure to be an epic hill near you. Just grab your sled and a few friends for some free outdoor fun.
Where: See Toronto’s best tobogganing hills here
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GET A SWEET BURGER DEAL
Toronto just got a new burger spot on Bloor Street West, and it has a meal deal for $10 every day of the week. Burger Tribe is located near Bathurst and Bloor and has five burgers on its menu, as well as chicken and a plant-based option. It also has an “everyday special” meal deal for $10 which includes a cheese burger, fries, and a pop.
Where: 490 Bloor Street West
HIT UP A WINTER WALKING TRAIL
We may have fewer places to go in Toronto right now, but one thing we can always enjoy is the great outdoors. Thankfully, this city is full of peaceful nature trails that are enjoyed by locals all year round, even in the colder months. We Ontarians aren’t deterred by a little wind chill — just throw on a few extra layers, grab a thermos full of hot chocolate, and you’re good to go.
It’s time to get back to the basics and appreciate the small things in life, like a sunny day, gently falling snow, and a few leisurely hours to slow down and soak up your surroundings.
Where: See Toronto’s best trails here
GO FOR BRUNCH ON A PATIO
If there’s one thing Toronto does exceptionally well, it’s brunch. We locals can hardly go a weekend without our late-morning eggs benny and mimosas with friends. These heated patios in Toronto are serving brunch right through winter and have outfitted their outdoor spaces with fire pits, heaters, dreamy decor, and more. If you don’t want to wait for warmer days to enjoy your french toast in the great outdoors, these heated brunch patios in Toronto are where it’s at.
Where: See all the brunch patios in Toronto
Toronto’s very first Crokicurl rink is open for the season and you can rent it out to play with friends. This Canadian-made game is a blend of cornhole and curling and it’s loads of fun. Your reservation comes with 45 minutes of game time and two tables on the heated patio. You can even upgrade your experience with a fried chicken feast, drinks, and neon toques.
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: Multiple dates
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SKY SKATE TORONTO
Another season of skating in Toronto’s skies is about to begin. The popular Sky Skate rooftop rink at The Porch is opening up at the start of December and it’s one of the most picturesque spots in town for gliding under the stars. There are heaters all around the rink to make your skate a bit more comfortable, but you’ll definitely still want to dress for a typical Canadian winter night. You’ll also be able to warm up with a drink at the bar afterward!
Where: 250 Adelaide St. W
When: Until March 2022
Take a dreamy winter stroll under the stars and the glow of twinkling lights and campfires. This special experience is a great excuse to enjoy the fresh air and nature and snap some adorable photos while you’re at it. Enjoy the art installations displayed along the trail, live performers, food and beverages, and of course, breathtaking scenery.
Where: Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Milburough Line
When: Until February 20th
Something magical has taken over Ontario Place and it’s like a snow globe come to life! Snow Magic is inviting you to “explore a wonder-filled adventure inspired by fire, ice, and light.” Drive your way through 1.7 km of magical sights, including 18 art installations, crystalline caverns, awe-inspiring creatures and “mysterious sights that only dreams are made of.”
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Until January 23rd
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