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What to do this winter after the Holiday Season winds down — activities to cheer up the cold season in Toronto when the plows are prowling and the snow is howling

The year has come and — nearly — gone in a flash, and January is almost upon us. January is famous for short days, commutes to work in the darkness, and long lines of cars behind snow plows as they rumble along clearing our roads.


We’re Torontonians, we’re used to it. Right?


Take your mind off the dark and the cold with winter activities. As you start your winter to-do lists, and write up the New Year’s resolutions we know we will break the first week of January, we begin to wonder how we will spend our free time once the holiday hoopla is over. The following is a list of activities and entertainment that are coming up in Toronto in January. Starting with Canada’s favorite past-time — skating!


Winter in Toronto can be beautiful and fun.



Skate Across the City

Exciting this year is the new Bentway skating under the Gardiner expresway. The Bentway Skate Trail is located under the Gardiner Expressway right beside the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.).It is 220m and stretches from just east of the Visitor Centre to Bastion St. Skate rentals are available. Information>>


Artists rendering of the new 220 m skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway. Information below.


Bentway hours 

  • Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm (rentals available 4pm-9pm)
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 11am-11pm (rentals available all day)
  • Sundays: 11am-9pm (rentals available all day)


Bentway skating trail under construction under the Gardiner Expressway.


Toronto has over 50 artificial outdoor rinks, all of which are open to the public. Some of these include Mel Lastman Square rink, Colonel Samuel Smith Park rink, and Nathan Phillips Square rink, a particular favourite amongst Toronto residents. Enjoy these rinks all winter long for a fun, outdoor activity for the whole family, a great way to hang out with friends, or a nice activity to share with your loved one before cuddling with a cup of hot cocoa. Skaters at Nathan Phillips Square rink also have access various on-site food trucks and a burger joint. A list of rinks is available here


Skating is everywhere in Toronto, includilng Nathan Philips Square and the new skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway.


Toronto Light Festival

The Toronto Light Festival will return to the Distillery District on January 19th and remain until March 4th. One of North America’s largest open-air lighting galleries, the festival will feature works from both local and international artists. Admission is free, and features include interactive installations, light art materials, and light sculptures. Information here>>


“Winter sucks, and we simply want to make winter not suck so much.
We want to create something special and something that will lift the collective spirit of the City.”



Toronto Design Offsite Festival

The eighth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival will return on January 15th and last through the 21st. Admission is free for this event as well. The festival features over 100 exhibitions and events around Toronto. Learn more about the festival and its exhibitions here


“The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is Canada’s largest cultural
celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week.
We take design out of the studio and into the city…”


Toronto Inner Harbour and Island Boat Tour

Who knew boats and winter went together? The Toronto Inner Harbour and Island Boat Tour will take you on a journey through Toronto as you view the Toronto Harbor, canals and lagoons, Hanlan’s Point, Polson Pier, and more. Enjoy 360-degree views as observed from panoramic deck windows. Observe the city skyline, take in the beauty of “one of the city’s best kept secrets,” learn classic trivia, and enjoy a variety of unforgettable experiences. Bring your camera to capture the amazing scenery and memories that will last. Info here>>


Of course it might be icier than this.


Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour aboard a luxurious coach, where you will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Guests on the tour visit a variety of restaurants and shops and then head for the Falls, where they will enjoy them “at their own pace.” The tour also includes activities, and guests can enjoy a meal while they overlook the Falls. The tour includes guided commentary and a wine tasting.


Winter in Niagra Falls can be gorgeous.
Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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