Anyone who has lived downtown Toronto for more than one winter has been there. You’re walking down a busy street (read: exhibiting a strange but effective balancing act motion) while displaying your most valiant efforts to not slip on salted ice, your nose has turned bright red, and you’re praying you make it to the pedestrian light in time to cross the street so that you can avoid standing on the corner in the cold for 30 seconds waiting for that white light to illuminate again.
It’s winter in the city. Come one come all. Or is it?
Unfortunately, many Torontonians feed on the summer sun while dreading the cold weather’s arrival. However, bundling up with parka coats, knitted scarves, hats, and mittens is generally all anyone really needs to feel comfortable being outside in the Southwestern Ontario winters.
When the cold weather lasts a large portion of the year, it can be very detrimental to your health if you spend the whole season cocooned in your blankets when not at work. Getting outside is proven to boost happy hormones in the brain, and when we’re happier, we’re more productive, and when we're more productive, we’re more confident (and the list goes on!)
The benefit of living in a city is that there are plenty of things you can get up to outdoors – rain, shine, or even snow. Here are a few of our favourites:
The Christmas Market
Ah the holiday season! Whatever your feelings towards Christmas are, the annual Toronto Christmas Market is one of the most joyous places in the city every year. Running now until December 23rd in the heart of the Distillery District, the Toronto Christmas Market boasts local artisan vendor stands, holiday concerts, a few carnival rides, and even a gigantic festive Christmas tree!
This winter pastime doesn’t have to be a pastime if you don’t want it to be! Just lace up your skates and glide onto the rink at Nathan Phillips Square. Carving figure eight’s into the surface and playing a game of hockey are just two action-packed ways you can de-stress on the rink.With uber affordable skate rentals, the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink can provide hours of entertainment and exercise – you won’t even notice that the temperature is below zero.
Do you like to plan ahead? Are you inspired by art? Then we suggest heading down to the Beaches neighbourhood to take a look at the popular outdoor installation art project known for taking lifeguard stands and building large art pieces around them. As opposed to going to the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Royal Ontario Museum, Winter Stations is typically less busy, due to its outdoor location. Therefore, you can enjoy an afternoon of uninterrupted beach walking, serene reflection, and of course – marvellous art. The exhibition runs from February 18th to April 1 2019.
The Project Spaces Holiday Bash
Deck the hall and jingle the bells - the annual Project Spaces Holiday Bash is just around the corner! Of course we couldn't finish off this list of seasonal goodness without mentioning one of our favourite events of the year. On Friday, December 7th get ready for an epic, three part celebration with something special for everyone. We'll kick things off with our 2nd annual Festive Family Feast (limited seating) before breaking out into full Holiday Bash mode! We'll rock around the Christmas tree enjoying complimentary beverages, festive snacks and all your favourite holiday tunes, until boarding the sleigh for our final destination...
Tickets are free for PS members ($20 for guests). Register here.
And if you're looking to join a supportive community of like-minded people who can help you stay productive through the cold weather, book a tour - we would love to show you around!