5 outdoor winter activities to do in Toronto with kids

16 December 2020

This winter will be different than any other winter we have experienced. Living through a pandemic has motivated even the laziest couch potatoes out there to enjoy the outdoors – despite the frigid winter. For condo-dwellers living with children, outdoor activities are a necessity.

“When you live in a condo, your escape is into public space. Your amenities and your neighbourhood are your backyard and that’s why public space is so important in the city. We have to make public space exceptional because it is an extension of our homes.”– Andrea Delzotto

Here is a round up of 5 outdoor winter activities to do in Toronto with kids and families (and anyone really!).

1// Enjoy a winter walk or bike ride at some of the best parks in the city

Some of the best parks in Toronto include High Park, Moore Park Ravine (takes you to the back of Brickworks), and Humber Bay Park. If you’re tough enough to brave the cold, bundle up for a bike ride with kid in tow.
Humber Bay Park boasts many lakefront bike paths.

2 // Tobogganing at the many large hills in Toronto

Is there anything more thrilling than sliding down a snowy hill at full speed? Take your family to one of the many hills the city has to offer, including Riverdale Park.

3// Take in the beautiful lights and sunset at Ontario Place Trillium Park (and catch a movie while you’re at it)

See the lights and take in a gorgeous sunset at Ontario Place Trillium Park. Bonus: they are doing drive in movies this season, with features such as Love Actually, Home Alone and Elf.

4// Sharpen your skates and take your kid (and baby stroller) on the rink

Book a spot at one of the cities many skating rinks! Nathan Philip Square, the Bentway, Evergreen Brickworks and Colonel Samual Smith Park are great options. Skate and helmet rentals are available, and there are even skate lessons at Brickworks!

5// Run free around Toronto’s most picturesque winter village

Visit the Winter Village at Distillery or the Light Festival in January. While you’re at it, grab a delicious hot chocolate from Soma!

BONUS: 6// Appreciate one of the wonders of the world, in our own backyard!

Just an hour drive from Toronto, take a road trip to Niagara and enjoy one of the wonders of the world! The lights are beautiful on the falls. There is a huge field of light displays for kids to run around on. While you’re there, enjoy some delicious pizza from Napoli pizzeria.

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