Top Things to Do in Toronto This Winter

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Hockey and Basketball

Nab tickets at the box office to catch a Raptors or Maple Leafs game at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street) or just get pumped up alongside Toronto sports fans in Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square, the outdoor public square where games are often broadcast live on the 80- by 50-foot screen.

For exciting pro hockey played in more intimate settings check out the Mississauga Steelheads, Brampton Beast or Toronto Marlies.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Experience the game that defines Canada at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today’s greatest goalies and shooters, call the play-by-play of some of hockey’s greatest goals in the TSN Sports Centre replica, take the shooting challenge, strike a pose with the Stanley Cup and catch a showing ofStanley’s Game Seven (3D), Hockey’s first 3D film.

Aga Khan Museum

From November 21, 2015 to March 27, 2016 prepare yourself for a journey through memory and imagination during Doors Without Keys. This remarkable installation piece is by acclaimed Iranian photographer, poet and filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

Also take in the Museum’s permanent collection with many renowned works of art encompassing artifacts from the 8th century through to the 21st century and covering a broad geography from Spain to Southeast Asia.

Casa Loma

With its turrets and tunnels and twisty stairs, it’s no wonder Casa Loma will soon have THREE popular escape games running. The Casa Loma Escape Series blends fact with fiction and theatre with gaming. Experience Casa Loma like never before. Escape From the Tower and King of the Bootleggers on now. Beginning March 30: Station M. Advanced bookings are a must.

In January and February experience the splendour of the Edwardian era with the beloved tradition of High Tea in an authentic setting.


January 29 to February 11, 2016. The perfect opportunity to sample a range of Toronto’s top culinary offerings, Winterlicious provides three course menus at more than 200 top restaurants. In addition, the culinary event series offers hands-on experiences such as cooking classes and demonstrations, tastings and pairings as well as intimate chef dinners. And don’t forget to Instagram your favourite meals!

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Explore nine beautifully curated galleries featuring a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world, including North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium. Experience three touch pools – horseshoe crabs, sharks and rays (friendly educators will help you make contact plus fill you in on some fun facts). For an extra sensory treat (and a discount) experience Sharks After Dark by visiting after 7:00 p.m.

CN Tower

The CN Tower is an awe-inspiring architectural and engineering wonder of the world that is a beacon for visitors and residents alike. Take the world’s #1 elevator ride, visit three observation levels, the famous Glass Floor (with a view 1,122 feet straight down), or test your nerve on The Edgewalk, the world’s highest hands-free walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.

After dark, enjoy the Tower’s light show as each night, beginning at sunset, Canada is honoured with red and white lighting then special themed colour schemes take over to commemorate holidays, seasons, certain major city and national events.

On June 26, 2016 the Tower will celebrate its 40th anniversary, with what promises to be a spectacular show.

Toronto Zoo

It was a busy year at the Toronto Zoo with baby pandas being born in mid-October 2015. The new panda mom, Er Shun, and her babies have been sequestered for a few months, but Da Mao, the male giant panda is as popular as ever as are the hundreds of other animals on display. The latest word is that mom and cubs will be available for viewing in March 2016. In the meantime, watch this video of their first 100 days.

Ontario Science Centre

Circus! The Exhibition is now open at the Ontario Science Centre. Explore the magic of “the greatest show on earth” through a scientist’s eye. What’s a human pretzel? Learn how muscles, collagen and flexibility allow contortionists to fit into tiny spaces. Juggling with science and math? Decipher the complex patterns and sequences involved in juggling.

Royal Ontario Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year on now until March 20, 2016 at the Royal Ontario Museum. Now in its 51st year, and third year at the ROM, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracts tens of thousands of submissions by photographers of all ages from around the world every year. Discover the captivating beauty and diversity of the natural world. And, on Friday nights, the ROM stays up late! These adult-only evenings redefine a visit to the museum with eclectic entertainment and inventive programming. Dance, drink, explore and expect the unexpected. Hint: date night?

Art Gallery of Ontario

Transforming the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery into a series of snaking walkways and small rooms reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces, the exhibition Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard invites visitors to lose themselves inside a unique installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors.

Legoland Discovery Centre

Check it out – over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof at Legoland Discovery Centre! Make your very own LEGO brick on the Factory Tour. Zap the bad guys and save the princess on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Get in on the action in the newLEGO Legends of Chima 4D movie. Visit Miniland made of fantastic mini replicas of Toronto’s landmarks and watch as night falls and the CN Tower lights up! Insider tip: pre-purchase your tickets online in order to guarantee entry.


Playdium is the ultimate interactive entertainment centre with 200+ video games, rides and simulators. Don’t miss the MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator and Laser Maze or the Baseball Dome with variable-speed batting cages and state of the art Spin Zone Bumper Cars. Once you’ve had your fill of fun in the 40,000 square feet of high-tech attractions, you can get your fill of food at Playdium’s diner. Make a day of it!

Toronto CityPass

Save up to 45% and skip the lines at five of Toronto’s top attractions. Toronto CityPass includes admission to: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma and either Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. Valid 9 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.

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