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February 23, 2018

7 Things to do in Toronto to Get you Through Winter

February is almost gone, but here in Toronto that means Winter will still have a firm grip on the city until at least mid-April. With a Winter as long as ours it’s important to get out and enjoy it, whether through outdoor activities or indoor ones. Luckily, there’s so much going on in Toronto that there’s never a shortage of fun events, activities, exhibits and installations to keep you entertained until warm days are with us once again. Here are our top picks:


Keep it Local


Coming up this weekend – February 24-25, 2018 – is Bloor-Yorkville BIA’s annual Ice Fest  This annual festival takes place just around the corner in the Village of Yorkville Park along Cumberland St. Stop by for entertainment, refreshments and the main event: magnificent ice sculptures! Be sure to keep an eye out for Manulife Centre’s ice sculpture; this year’s theme is “Medieval Times” and we hear it will be the stuff of legend!


Beachside Art


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Now in its 4th year, Winter Stations brings outdoor, interactive art to the Beaches (between Woodbine & Leuty), bringing to life the lifeguard towers that are dotted along the shoreline. Designed by international architecture and art students, these installations lend colour and interest to the otherwise quiet stretch of the beach along Lake Ontario in the dead of winter. These installations will remain in place until April 1st, so you have plenty of time to take them in before Spring comes along.


Digital Playground
TIFF digiPlaySpace 2017
With the city’s outdoor playgrounds encased in snow and ice, there’s nowhere better to take this kids this winter than to TIFF’s digiPlaySpace  This interactive playground works to explore our relationship with technology, empowering its visitors to see technology in a new light. This playground is open until April 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Celebrate Toronto
Toronto turns 184 this year and the city is celebrating in style  Head on down to Nathan Philips square from March 3-6 for four days of entertainment, skating, market stalls, food trucks and more. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the Toronto sign while you’re there!


Conceptual Collaboration
The nearby Gardiner’s Museum is host to Yoko Ono’s latest exhibit, The Riverbed, this winter/spring. From now until June 3, check out this exhibit for a uniquely interactive experience. This three-part installation allows visitors to lend a hand in creating the art, creating opportunities for reflection and meditation. The exhibit even culminates with a coffee bar where visitors can pause and connect.
Check out the Gardiner Museum website for tickets.


Sweet Escape
Want to get out of the city? Make the most of season with a trip to the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival. Taking place at four different locations near Toronto on varying dates throughout March, the Sugarbush Festival is bound to entertain the whole family.


Movie Magic
What’s Winter without multiple nights at the cinema? We’re lucky to have one of the city’s best right on our doorstep – you don’t even have to go outside! Catch up on this year’s Oscar nominees before the big event on March 10th or just catch one of this seasons’ blockbusters to pass the time until spring.