Winter can be pretty dreary at times, but there are still plenty of awesome things to do in Toronto during the winter season to keep your spirits high.
I’m definitely not a winter person at all, but I try to make the best of it when I can!
I have an entire blog post all about how to make winter in Toronto more enjoyable 😉
From going on snowy walks to sipping on hot drinks from local coffee shops, you’ll find lots of great things to do in the city during the winter season.
Here are some fun things to do in Toronto this winter!
Best things to do in Toronto during winter
Take a snowy walk through High Park
High Park becomes a winter wonderland after it snows, and it’s the perfect place for a winter stroll (at least when it’s not -20 outside).
Take a nice walk through the park on a sunny day and take ‘Gram-worthy photos along the snowy paths!
LOCATION: 1873 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Walk along the icy boardwalk at the Harbourfront
On those really cold weeks, you’ll find the water along the waterfront coated in sheets of ice.
While you may freeze your face off, it’s still really cool to see the lake coated in ice!
Go ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square
If you’re looking for fun winter activities to do around Toronto, ice skating is always a good idea.
Rent a pair of ice skates and twirl around at the Nathan Phillips Square skating rink!
If Nathan Phillips Square is too busy for you, pay a visit to the Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront instead.
It’s a lot smaller, but they also host DJ skate nights at the Harbourfront, which is cool!
LOCATION: 100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Go tobogganing at Riverdale Park
Slide down the snowy hills to your heart’s content with a view of the iconic Toronto skyline.
Afterwards, head over to Rooster Coffee House around the corner to warm up on some delicious hot drinks.
LOCATION: 550 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON
See the skyline from Polson Pier
Another great spot to see the iconic Toronto skyline: Polson Pier, located on the outskirts of downtown.
Polson Pier is one of my most fave Instagram-worthy spots in Toronto.
The view of the skyline is especially gorgeous in the winter with the water coated in a layer of ice!
It’s also hella cold, so dress warmer than I did in this photo.
LOCATION: 11 Polson St, Toronto, ON
Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market
What better way to warm up during the winter than with some good food?
St. Lawrence Market is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Toronto, and it’s even a favourite spot for many locals to visit.
It’s the oldest market in Toronto, and it’s home to all kinds of different food shops and vendors.
Grab authentic Montreal bagels from St. Urbain Bagel, then taste authentic perogies from European Delight!
You can either grab tickets to a guided group food tasting tour around St. Lawrence Market, or you can meander around and explore yourselves.
LOCATION: 93 Front St. East, Toronto, ON
Grab a coffee at a local Toronto café
Warm up from the winter cold with a cup of joe from your favourite Toronto coffee shop.
Bonus points if you visit Instagrammable Toronto coffee shops to get pics for the ‘Gram.
Balzac’s is one of my go-to coffee shops with locations all across the city!
And if you’re looking for a fun day activity, do some café hopping and hit up multiple cafés across the city.
Order ramen at a local Toronto joint
Ain’t nothing better than a hot bowl of spicy ramen on a cold winter’s day.
Toronto has plenty of amazing ramen restaurants, and here are a couple worth checking out:
- Kinton Ramen
- Touhenboku Ramen
- Sansotei Ramen
- Ramen Isshin
- Konjiki Ramen
And if you’re not into ramen, you can always go for pho instead!
Check out the Toronto Light Festival
The Toronto Light Festival lights up the Distillery District every year from January to March, and it’s a nice way to make the most of the dreary winter.
Take a peek at artwork and installations from Toronto and around the world, and even interact with some of them.
It’s definitely a fun activity to do in Toronto even when it’s cold outside – just be sure to dress warm!
Another fun evening activity you can do in the Distillery District is the Haunted Night Walking Tour, where you can learn about some of the spooky history behind the neighbourhood.
If you plan on visiting the Distillery District during the day instead, you can also do a fun guided walking tour!
LOCATION: Distillery District, Toronto, ON
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most fun places to visit in Toronto, and since it’s indoors, it’s the perfect place to visit while also staying warm.
I’ve been several times since they opened, and I always have an awesome time exploring and discovering things I never noticed before.
The jellyfish room is my favourite spot in the entire aquarium!
Grab your tickets online and spend a couple of hours exploring the aquarium.
LOCATION: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON
Admire cars at the Canadian International AutoShow
If you’re a car lover, pay a visit to the annual Canadian International AutoShow.
It happens every year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and it’s always fun to explore and see all the new cars on display!
LOCATION: 255 Front St. West, Toronto, ON
Best things to do in Toronto during the winter:
- Take a snowy walk through High Park
- Walk along the icy boardwalk at the Harbourfront
- Go ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square
- Go tobogganing at Riverdale Park
- See the skyline from Polson Pier
- Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market
- Grab a coffee at a local Toronto café
- Order ramen at a local Toronto joint
- Check out the Toronto Light Festival
- Visit Ripley’s Aquarium
- Admire cars at the Canadian International AutoShow
While winter may not be every Torontonian’s favourite season, there are still plenty of great things to do in the city even if it’s freezing cold outside.
If you’re looking for even more fun things to do in Toronto, you might enjoy these posts:
- Bored and looking for a general list of things to do? Peep out these fun things to do in Toronto or these free things to do in Toronto.
- Into more active activities? Try out one of these awesome water activities in Toronto!
- Searching for cute date ideas in Toronto? Check out my date ideas during winter, summer, or fall, or my Valentine’s Day date ideas.
- Looking for more seasonal activities? Check out my posts on things to do in Toronto during the spring or summer.
- Visiting during the holidays? Here are festive things to do in Toronto!
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