Things to Do in Toronto This Winter

Winter is cool! And Toronto is an exciting place no matter what the season. Bundle up to enjoy the great outdoors then hunker down with a glass of something warming before taking in a big show or a thrilling game. Here are just a few of the myriad wintery activities that await.

Get Sporty

Nab major league tickets to a Raptors or Maple Leafs game at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street). Or get pumped up alongside hundreds of Toronto sports fans in Maple Leaf Square, the outdoor public square where games are 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 Turns 100

Experience the game that defines Canada at the many events and exhibitions that are taking place during the 100th anniversary of the NHL and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Winter Classic is on New Year’s Day, 2017 and special exhibits honouring some of the most iconic moments in hockey history are on display now at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Read more in Hockey In Toronto: What to Watch This Winter.

Savour the Town

When the weather gets chilly it’s time to fuel up and Toronto has some of the tastiest fuel going. The mac daddy of food events is Winterlicious (January 27 to February 10, 2017), the perfect opportunity to indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Don’t forget to Instagram your favourite meals with #SeeTorontoNow!

Running December 10, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works features a new Street Food Market where you can nosh your way through a collection of street-inspired eateries from across the Toronto area. The farmer’s market continues, along with many other activities, all in a peaceful valley setting in the heart of the city.

Art Indoors and Out

Toronto has three spectacular new outdoor displays in 2017! The Toronto Light Fest artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District from January 27 to March 19, 2017 and features works by Canadian and International light artists. For a new waterfront display, check out Ice Breakers. After the popular and unexpected Winter Stations (refreshed for 2017) upped the art game in the Beaches in the east end of the city, the program is being expanded to the stretch of lakeside west of Yonge Street. Five dynamic and whimsical new works will be on display January 21 to February 26, 2017. While you’re out there, be sure to visit the Sugar Shack on March 11 & 12. Located – appropriately – at Sugar Beach, the Shack will be dishing up traditional maple syrup treats, plus other fun stuff, all in the great outdoors.

Of course, indoor art is ever-present at major and niche galleries across the city like A Canadian Bestiary at the Gardiner, Lost Bodies at the Textile Museum and Attica at the Ryerson Image Centre. Find more art exhibitions.

Take in a Tradeshow

Whether it’s the high style of the Interior Design Show, the latest in motoring at the Auto Show or getting a taste of spring at Canada Blooms, there are dozens of huge public tradeshows held in Toronto each year where you can ogle that shiny new thing, get ideas for your next project or just while away the hours. Check the schedules at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Enercare Centre or the International Centre for the one that fits your niche.

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