Skating is one of the ultimate ways we as Canadians love to enjoy and embrace the cold winter months. It gets us outdoors and allows us to stay active while having some fun. This winter, head outside, lace up your skates with the family and try out some of these great outdoor skating rinks throughout Toronto.
Nathan Phillips Square
The skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square is located in the heart of the city. It’s right downtown in front of City Hall at the intersection of Queen Street West and Bay Street. During the winter months, the square is bustling with energy, from light displays, live entertainment, and firework shows, depending on when you time your skating adventure. (Usually around last weekend of November is when the excitement and light display kicks off).
You can bring the kids, rent out some skates if need be, and take in the bustling city vibe while enjoying one of the best spots in the city.
The Harbourfront Centre
If you’re interested in stepping away from the downtown core, you can head south towards the Harbourfront. Here, each winter you will find another popular spot for many Torontonians and visitors to take in the lakefront and city skyline. There’s also a DJ spinning some great tunes most weekends if you feel like trying your hand at dancing while you glide across the ice.
For a calmer environment that isn’t so busy and amidst the city spotlight, you can head over to the Danforth. Here you can find Withrow Park where a smaller community rink is located. It’s also commonly used for teams to compete on, but is a great location since it’s steps away from the subway, along with quaint coffee shops that you can pop into afterward for some hot chocolate.
Christie Pits Rink
On the west side of the city, Christie Pits boasts a larger rink that is popular for local residents to enjoy. You can often find local hockey teams throwing down a game as families and onlookers watch nearby. So be sure to check out the schedules before heading here.
There’s never a shortage of places to enjoy some time on the ice. Toronto has a wide variety of rinks dotted throughout each and every neighbourhood. And no matter what type of vibe and backdrop you’re in the mood for, you can certainly find it throughout the city. Winter recreation is just one more item on a long list that makes Toronto one of the best places in the world to live. Find your Toronto rental home now!
If you’ve ever lived in Toronto or even visited the Ontario capital for a weekend, one thing that you can’t deny is that there is always something to do. When it comes to events or simply strolling through one of the many diverse neighbourhoods, boredom simply isn’t an option. And with the cooler air upon us, there’s no better place to embrace the magic of fall than this city.
Here are just a few of the many reasons why we’re loving Toronto this fall.
Attend an Event
Whether you have a young family you’re looking to entertain, or simply want to embrace the magic of pumpkins, horror, and Halloween with friends, there are a variety of upcoming events throughout the city for you to take your pick from. Here are some of our favourites that you can attend this October:
- Cirque du Soleil
- Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival
- Toronto Chocolate Festival
- Toronto After Dark Festival
- Halloween on Church Street
- Halloween Haunt
- Day of the Dead Fiesta
And to think these are just a few of the events going on!
Shop at St. Lawrence Market
Grab your comfy shoes, throw on your cozy sweater and scarf, and don’t forget your pumpkin spiced latte on the way – strolling around the city of Toronto can be every bit as entertaining as any event. For example, you can take a gander through the St. Lawrence Market and pick up some fresh food, refreshing beverages, antiques, or just enjoy the bustling vibe of this world famous marketplace.
Stroll through High Park
Ask any Torontonian where the best go-to spot is during the autumn and they will likely tell you High Park. With almost 400 acres of natural space and recreational amenities, High Park gives you the unusual sense of wilderness in the heart of the city. With extensive trails, creeks, and forested areas, it is the best spot to visit for soaking in all of those vibrant fall colours and that fresh autumn air.
Just because the summer is over, doesn’t mean the bustling vibe of this city is. Fall is when Toronto comes alive with a plethora of events that embraces our love of pumpkins in every form, as well as eye-popping colours, and reasons to get out and cozy up into your favourite sweater. Whether young or old, single or with an entourage of many, there truly is something for everyone to partake in and enjoy this autumn in the city of Toronto.
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Whether you live in an apartment in downtown Toronto, a single family home in Mississauga, or a townhome in Markham, this promises to be a great summer in the Greater Toronto Area. Let’s take a look at some of the great events coming to the GTA this summer:
Mississauga Waterfront Festival – June 17-19
As the name suggests there is a not-to-be-missed festival hosted at Port Credit Memorial Park located at the Mississauga Waterfront. This three-day festival includes a carnival, concerts, live theatre, and of course a petting zoo. This festival has been voted among Ontario’s top 100 Festivals for 10 years in a row. Can you think of a better way to spend Father’s Day weekend?
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 24 – July 3
A festival tradition dating back 30 years is making its appearance once again in Toronto. The Jazz Festival is an amazing display of over 1,500 talented Jazz musicians at 40 different locations all over Toronto. The largest spectacle will be held at Nathan Phillips Square right downtown. Over 1,200 patrons can be seated and served in the square in an impressive liquor licensed marquee. Many events are free of charge.
Digital Dreams Festival – July 2-3
Jazz isn’t your thing? Well lucky for you there is the Nation’s largest EDM festival held at The Flats at Ontario Place on Canada Day weekend. Come and see over 90 DJs on different stages, including Armin Van Buuren and Gareth Emery.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – July 8-10
Once again located at the multi-purpose Nathan Phillips Square, you can find this amazing, free of charge entertainment. Don’t miss the opportunity to view paintings, sculptures, illustrations, and mixed media masterpieces by hundreds of artists of local and international renown.
Summerlicious – July 8-24
Thank goodness this festival lasts for two weeks because you will need all the time you can get in order to try all of the restaurants featured in Summerlicious. Take advantage of the opportunity to try new restaurants and appreciate more than a few culinary masterpieces. Set menus make it easy to try the best each participating restaurant has to offer. Just make sure to make your reservations in time!
Honda Indy Toronto – July 15-17
For a car enthusiast this will be the highlight of the summer. Come check out the racecars and watch as drivers race around the Exhibition Place Grounds on a 2.84km track. The energy in the crowd will make you feel like you were driving the car yourself!
Scotiabank Buskerfest – August 25-28
Make your way to downtown Yonge Street this weekend in August in support of Epilepsy awareness and you will be amazed at the talent you discover. From amazing, logic defying acrobat acts to hilarious comedians and everything in between you will not be disappointed, and of course all admission donations are going to be in support of Epilepsy Toronto.
These are simply a few amazing options of what to expect this summer in Toronto. Make summer 2016 one to remember and take advantage of all your great city has to offer!