As the temperatures begin to dive below zero, here are 10 things you can do around the city this winter to keep warm, keep cool, or try something new.
Try some new brew
The Winter Craft Beer festival takes place on January 30th at Roundhouse Park, right outside the Steam Whistle Brewery. This is a great way to explore local breweries and try some new food while you hang out with friends.
Warm up on a heated patio
Bars like The Drake SkyYard, Cold Tea, Sweaty Betty’s, and The Cadillac Lounge have heated patios so you can enjoy a drink outside while keeping warm.
Attend the Toronto Tea Festival
The Toronto Tea Festival takes place from January 30-31 at the Toronto Reference Library. Take part in the trend by sampling some new tea or picking up some tea-inspired merchandise to add to your collection.
Play beach volleyball
Grab some friends and pretend you are at the beach. Toronto has many indoor volleyball courts including Toronto Indoor Beach Volleyball or Beach Blast. You can join a league or drop in one time with your friends to have some summer-inspired fun.
Get tough with axe throwing
Do you think you can hit a bullseye with an axe? You can try at places like BATL Axe Throwing or Bad Axe Throwing. You and your friends can compete by throwing axes and getting points based on where you hit the target.
Winter is one of the best times to discover a new sport like rock climbing or curling. Toronto has many climbing gyms, such as Toronto Climbing Academy, and curling clubs around the city, all fit for beginners or experts. Many skating rinks and ski clubs are also open around the city if you wish to partake in a more traditional winter sport.
Eat at a new restaurant
Winterlicious runs from January 29 to February 11 at 200 restaurants around the city. Pre-set lunch and dinner menus are offered at a discount, allowing you to get a taste of a new eatery.
Check out some local music
Wavelength Music Festival is a three-night event running through the Family Day long weekend. Many emerging Toronto musicians will be performing at venues all around the city. Past performers include Arcade Fire and Feist, so it is sure to be a rocking time.
Watch ice sculpting
The theme of this year’s Bloor-Yorkville IceFest is ‘Expressions of Love’ so expect a lot of romantic carvings. Over 35,000 pounds of ice will be used to carve the sculptures in this year’s festival. Street performers and ice carving demonstrations will also take place all around the city.
Go to a museum
The Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario are two of the most popular museums in the city, but some smaller places like the Todmodern Mills Heritage Museum are hosting seasonal exhibits on how plants and wildlife survive in the winter.