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!
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 | Website
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!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in the area, I’ve got a blog post all about the best things to do at the Harbourfront.
I’ve also got a blog post all about the best Harbourfront restaurants!
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!
Note: outdoor skating rinks have a maximum capacity of 25 people, and you must make reservations on the City of Toronto website.
LOCATION: 100 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON | Website
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 | Website
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
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!
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
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
- Grab a coffee at a local Toronto café
- Order ramen at a local Toronto joint
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 activities and things to do in and around Toronto, be sure to check out some local tours!
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