Toronto is known for many things, especially its cold winters. If you are planning a long winter break to Toronto or maybe you are relocating and need an idea of what it is going to be like. Then we have provided some helpful information on winters in Toronto.  Although many people wouldn’t think to visit Toronto in winter, it’s truly a shame as there is so much to do in Toronto in winter for the natives still venture out into the cold.

You will of course need to pack your warmest clothes but that goes without saying. Winter or snow boots, scarfs, hats, gloves, jumper, extra socks.. I think you get the idea! When you are all wrapped up, you will be ready to explore, this is what we recommend…

The Bentway Trail

The Bentway Trail is a 1.75 km trail. The trail is in the footprint of the elevated Fred Gardner Expressway which provides some cover from rain and snow.  This path runs directly beside Historic Fort York and is a short walk from the Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Lake Ontario, and almost every major downtown attraction. The trail is popular for art exhibits and markets but during the winter months there is a huge skating rink. If you get tired of skating or if skating is really not for you  and want to get out of the cold, nearby Liberty Village has restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops where you can warm up and thaw out your toes.

Wonderful Markets

There is a market that starts up in December. It has many features such as vendors, rides, and even a massive decorated tree.  When the sun goes down there is the lights come on and it is fabulous. It is certainly worth checking out even if it just to wander around.

See a Show

This is the best time of year to catch up on the arts, by hiding out indoors with an unbelievable lineup of performances. Head to the National Ballet of Canada where you can catch a wonderful performance. You will most likely need to pre-book your tickets

Distillery Historic District

You can do a walking tour that will keep you on your feet. The Distillery District’s Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and are today lined with hip indie restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, outdoor sculptures and theaters. This is where the Christmas Markets are which adds to the already existing atmosphere. You may not see the cobblestone streets under the snow at this time but you cannot miss the historic buildings with every kind of vendor imaginable.  Pause for a moment to listen to the carollers that stroll through the market.  There is small admission fee into the markets but it should be well worth it.


Skiing is definitely popular with many and one of the advantages of have so much snow. Rouge Urban National Park lies on the border of Toronto and Markham. The trails here are perfect for cross country skiing.


If you are a keen shopper a visit to Bloor-Yorkville is essential. Enjoy shopping at some of the biggest names in retail including Gucci, Kate Spade, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and more. During Icefest, you’ll have the chance to marvel at the ice sculptures that dot the sidewalks. If shopping doesn’t interest you, the Royal Ontario Museum is nearby at Bloor Street West and University Avenue.

Food Festival

Winterlicious is a big food festival so if you consider yourself a foodie you are in luck. Over one hundred restaurants participate in the annual festival, allowing you to sample three-course prix fixe menus all over the city.  What better way to experience the offerings at some of the most exclusive spots in Toronto?


Hockey is big in Toronto. We recommend anyone to go see a match but if it is not possible then a visit to the Hockey Wall of Fame is a must! The Scotiabank Arena sits at the base of the CN Tower to go and see a match.  The Hockey Hall of Fame is nearby at 30 Yonge Street where you’ll be able to satisfy any hockey fan.

CN Tower

This one is the most popular of all the landmarks and every visitor needs to head there. There is lots to do including the observatory, glass floor, and if you are brave enough, the Edgewalk.

Niagara Falls

Last but by no means least, visit Niagara Falls it is a must as it is the 10th Natural Wonder of the world! You can either grab a Via Rail train or rent a car and head to the falls. They are approximately 90 mins west of the city and complete with activities, treats, fun houses and more. Wrap because it will be very cold.

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