10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week, January 24-28

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We’ve almost reached the end of January and that means spring is just around the corner, right? Well, maybe not yet, but that means we’re only days away from reopening gyms, bars and restaurants and we’ll take that as a win. While we love working out in our living rooms and shivering on a patio in the dead of winter, we’re excited to get back to our normal routines. Until then, there are plenty of activities and events around town to check out and keep us entertained.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this week!

NORDIC LIGHTS

Something magical is happening at Harbourfront Centre. An immersive light experience straight from Scandinavia will light up the waterfront from this week, with six light displays to explore. The free interactive exhibit, titled Nordic Lights, will feature six interactive light works by artists from Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Or: 235 Queens Quay West
When: January 27 — February 13

DINING ON A HEATED PATIO

No city has patio season quite like Toronto. Even on freezing nights, you’ll still see people dining and sipping their cocktails on the terraces next to heaters and fire pits. If the last two years have given you a new appreciation for outdoor dining, you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of gorgeous heated patios in Toronto equipped with everything you need to stay warm all day. season.

Patios are currently allowed to remain open throughout January and there is plenty to discover in the city. You may want to call them ahead to confirm their hours of operation and make a reservation.

Or: See Toronto’s Winter Patios here

THE BENTWAY SKATE TRAIL

Toronto’s iconic skating rink under the Gardiner Expressway is open for the winter season. The 220-meter figure-of-8 loop offers skating lessons, rentals, sharpening services, special events and art installations throughout the season. You can also warm up with a free hot chocolate every Thursday night, but drinks are available for purchase on-site every day of the week.

Or: 250, boul. Fort York
When: Until February 21

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WALK A WINTER WALKING TRAIL

We may have fewer places to go in Toronto right now, but one thing we can still appreciate is the great outdoors. Luckily, this town is full of peaceful nature trails that are enjoyed by locals all year round, even in the colder months. We Ontarians aren’t put off by a little wind chill – just put on a few extra layers, grab a thermos full of hot chocolate and you’re good to go.

It’s time to get back to basics and appreciate the little things in life, like a sunny day, a gentle snowfall, and a few hours of relaxation to slow down and soak up your surroundings.

Or: See Toronto’s best trails here

SKATE BY THE WATER

The redeveloped Harbourfront Center ice rink is now open and it’s one of the most scenic places in the city to skate outdoors. The rink is free to visit but rentals are available on-site for a small fee. The new rink is nestled along the shore of Lake Ontario, with an ice loop in the South Orchard that connects to the rest of the rink. And when you’re done, you can warm up with a hot drink from Boxcar Social right next door.

When: Until Sunday March 6
Or: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W

FAIRWAY OF LIGHTS

Stroll a sparkling trail through the woods in January at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham. Pets are welcome to enjoy the 1km trail every Sunday this month. The walk takes about 45 minutes, so be sure to dress warmly. There are also plenty of places to take pictures along the trail. If you haven’t had enough twinkling lights and magical atmospheres in December, this is definitely the place to go!

Or: 10080 Kennedy Road
When: Until January 30

SCRATCH A SLEDGE HILL

Make the most of all the snow and race down one of Toronto’s many toboggan hills. Whether you’re out West, East or North York, there’s sure to be an epic hill near you. Just grab your sled and a few friends for some free outdoor fun.

Or: Check Out Toronto’s Best Toboggan Runs Here

GET A SWEET BURGER OFFER

Toronto just got a new burger spot on Bloor Street West, and it’s offering a $10 meal every day of the week. Burger Tribe is located near Bathurst and Bloor and offers five burgers on its menu, as well as chicken and a plant-based option. It also has an “everyday special” meal deal for $10 that includes a cheese burger, fries, and a soft drink.

Or: 490 Bloor Street West

WINTER

Take a dreamy winter walk under the stars and by the glow of twinkling lights and campfires. This special experience is a great excuse to enjoy the fresh air and nature and snap some adorable photos while you’re there. Enjoy the art installations featured along the trail, live performers, food and drink and, of course, the breathtaking scenery.

Or: Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Milburough Line
When: Until February 20

HAVE A ROMANTIC DATE IN

It is very cold and on the worst days, nothing will motivate us enough to leave the house, but alas, life goes on! Luckily, not thanks to the pandemic, there’s actually everything we can do from home, some of which can be quite romantic. If you’re in a relationship, trying to woo that special someone, or are looking for something new to do with your roommates, here are 10 indoor “date” ideas when it’s too cold outside – it’s not just “watching Netflix”.

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