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Best Activities for Families in Toronto This Winter

Winter can be associated with short days, cold, boring nights but don’t let that hamper your sense of adventure. You don’t have to break the bank to keep the kids entertained every single day. Grab your scarf and head out to enjoy some of the best activities for families in Toronto this winter.

Spend the day under the sea.

Ripley’s Aquarium is home to North America’s longest underwater tunnel as it is surrounded by more than 5.7 million litres and houses over 16,000 aquatic animals. The 100 interactive displays and multiple hands-on exhibits will keep even the busiest of children entertained. If you are feeling particularly adventurous try “Sleeping With The Sharks” or the “Stingray Experience”, although these do come at an extra cost.

Price: $$

Go for a dip at the pool.

The Regent Park Aquatic Centre has both registered and drop-in programs for kids of all ages. The indoor facility features lap pools, leisure pool, warm water pool, a tarzan rope, diving boards and even a water slide. While programs are free, there is limited space for safety reasons and you will have to pay for parking.

Price: $

Raptors and Maple Leafs

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Channel that Toronto pride that the Blue Jays have re-ignited and head out to support the Raptors or the Maple Leafs down at the Air Canada Center. Early in the season tickets are still usually available close to game time so if you are in the area stop by the box office for some good game time deals.


Price: $$$$  

Bouncing Around.

Excess energy to burn? This is the place to go. Sky Zone is an oasis of trampolines and foam pits used for freestyle bouncing, dodge ball and games of slamball, a game of basketball where the rules are not enforced. Sky Zone is great for group events and birthdays. Spending the day here may save your living couch from an afternoon of kids jumping.

Price: $

Sliding Hills

Nothing beats a sunny afternoon or starry night when you’re racing down some fresh snow tobogganing with friends. Toronto is dotted with sliding hills so don’t stay cooped up inside all winter, get out and enjoy it. But remember to put an extra layer and don’t expose young children to extended periods of cold.

Price: Free

Escape Rooms  

Escape rooms are one of the newest fads sweeping the city of Toronto. Exercise your mind as you work together to decipher clues and unlock your escape route all without the help of your smart phone. Rooms range in difficulty from beginner to expert, so the challenge is up to you.    

Price: $$

Outdoor Rinks

This list wouldn’t be Canadian if it didn’t include our national pastime. Many of Toronto’s outdoor rinks open on December 1st, so if you are looking to lace up those skates, you’ll soon be able to. Be sure to check the schedules as many of the rinks have allotted time for free skates and pick-up ice hockey so that everyone is given equal opportunity to enjoy the ice.

Keep the kids occupied with these family activities in Toronto this winter!

6 Most Beautiful Places in Toronto This Fall

One of the natural beauties Canada has to offer is the fall when we witness leaves changing colours. And there is nothing like grabbing a pumpkin spiced coffee and heading out for a stroll to enjoy the fall foliage and fresh air before the winter cold chases us into hibernation and hockey rinks. So grab some warm clothes and check out some the best places around the GTA to check out the fall colours.

Toronto Island

Not only does it offer great beaches, but Toronto Island has some great parks to enjoy the colours of fall with the Toronto skyline posing as a beautiful backdrop. Now that it’s out of peak season, the island is much quieter and becomes a place that you can roam freely for the day, a great way to escape craziness of the city without ever leaving. While at the island be sure to check out the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto’s oldest landmark. Oh but a word of warning, beware of the ghost.

Scarborough Bluffs

Bluffer’s Park is probably one of the Toronto’s greatest natural beauties that you have never visited. The endless trails and sandy shores are magnificent especially in the autumn when they are decorated with the changing leaves. The Bluffs are easily accessible by car and the area has parking as well as washrooms making is a prime option for family picnics.

Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is a land formation that stretches nearly 725 km across Michigan and southern Ontario. Mainly forested, the escarpment which was formed 12,000 years ago during the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier, boosts some the most spectacular waterfalls and cliff formations in Canada, including the ever so famous Niagara Falls. Laced with hiking trails and campgrounds the Southern Ontario is the perfect escape for weekend and day trips to enjoy the fall colours around Toronto.

Rouge National Park

Located about 50 km north of Toronto the park is known as Canada’s premier urban park. The 40 km2 area is protected as a National Historic Site and has everything from historic farms, century-old trees, wide open meadows and vibrant wetlands. A leisure stroll through the park will make you totally forget about the upcoming winter months.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park  

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Located between Oakville and Burlington the park is a provincial wonder surrounded by urban sprawl. The main feature of the park is Bronte Creek that flows through the center and down into Lake Ontario. A great space to enjoy a fall day while not having to travel to far.

Don Valley Brick Yards

Hidden in the heart of the Don Valley, the Brick Yard trails are walking distance from Bloor street. The solid trails are perfect for biking, hiking and jogging all while never straying too far from the downtown Toronto core.