It’s cold, slushy, grey and by about 5pm, dark. Weekday nights out, impromptu visits with friends, and long days spent lounging outdoors are all a thing of the past. It’s winter in Toronto, and in addition to being cold, you’re getting BORED. Unless you’ve got the budget (and the job flexibility) to become a snowbird, there’s not a hell of a lot that can be done to escape winter. So, what’s to be done? I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that instead of trying to fight it, we embrace it. From winterized patios to cross country ski trails, there is fun to be had in Toronto in the winter. Bundle up and read on!
Heated Covered Patios. Pay a visit to one of Toronto’s winterized patios and embrace the true north cold and free over with a spiked cider and an open fire. With it’s enormous fire pit and scattered heat lamps, El Catrin‘s huge outdoor patio is tough to beat, but Big Crow gets major cozy points for their Canadiana styled winter lodge, complete with striped wool blankets. Drake Sky Yard is another great bet. Generally reserved for the bottle service elite in the summer months, the Sky Yard transforms itself in the winter into a cozy camp-style setting with patio heaters and an open fire.
Winterlicious. That delicious, food-filled festival is right around the corner and reservations open TOMORROW, so start planning now and be ready to dial tomorrow morning. Not sure where to start? Check out Toronto Life’s 65 best bets.
If all else fails, perhaps its time to invest your time and resources into the purchase of some winter gear to help get you through. We posted some stylish winter wear recommendations earlier this year, but if a straight up parka is what you need, I’d recommend Lorne’s on Spadina for unbeatable prices on down-filled Canadian Spirit coats.