2016 is behind us. We’ve turned the page on a fresh new year! Whether you’re the New Year’s resolution type or not, you have to admit that welcoming positive habits post holidays makes sense on a number of levels. Not to mention, winter is a great time to make being active extra fun so that by the time the snow melts, you’re already fit and feeling fine. Here are a few ways of doing just that in Toronto this season.
Most Toronto neighbourhoods boast great tobogganing hills. Whether you’re a speed demon or more a fan of the picturesque, here’s a comprehensive list that’s bound to have what you’re looking for. In addition to dozens of toboggan hills in the downtown area, you’ll also find seven amazing tubing hills just outside the city. And if you’re questioning the exercise it takes to slide down a hill, just remember that what goes down must come up!
Check out Free DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfront Centre for a dose of quality DJing every Saturday night this winter. If you’re looking to up the anti on regular outdoor skating rinks, this is what you want. Think dance club party on the rocks. If you’re into doing the skating rounds, lagoon skating is another stimulating option. Most outdoor skating locales in Toronto offer artificial ice, but natural skating has its appeal! Try the lagoons around the Toronto Islands, but make sure it’s cold enough for nice, thick ice.
The Toronto Islands have a lot more to offer winter wanderers. The endless trails spread all across the Islands are a cross-country skier’s paradise: the skyline hovers above the harbour as you swish your way on through. It’s simply beautiful, and feels like a well-kept secret—the best kind. This is an incredible way of exploring the Islands without that touristy feel. Ignore the city for a few hours, work your glutes, and befriend winter.
If you’re in the mood for some hiking, try the guided walks in Rouge Park. Whether you’re after wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, a history lesson, a fitness challenge, or simply meeting new people, you’ll find it here.
The days are getting longer, which means more outdoor activity time is on the horizon. Toronto is an excellent place to stay ahead of the curve.