Throughout my life I’ve realized how important it is to me to remain active. I don’t necessarily mean this in a sports way, but rather a personal and even social way. When it gets cold, my first instinct is to stay indoors, but surely enough I start feeling down. For this reason, I decided to make a list of my favorite things to do when it gets cold. These are the things that make me feel better:
Ice skating in Nathan Phillips Square
Yes, this is probably the most cliché thing to do in Toronto, but it’s also incredibly fun. I love going with a bunch of friends and just skating around until we’re all exhausted. It truly makes me feel in the Christmas spirit, and all that moving around for sure keeps us warm. Also, it’s a great photo-op!
Walking around High Park
This might not sound like the brightest idea for cold winter days, but I cannot explain how much I love doing this. Coming from a country where there is no snow, walking through this winter paradise makes me happy. Everything looks so beautiful and so peaceful, and when I get too cold or tired, I head over to the little cafe in the centre of the park. Nothing beats a yummy hot chocolate after a nice winter walk.
The Distillery District
This place is a really special one for me. I hadn’t had the chance to visit the Distillery District during winter until last year, when my mother came to visit me. We decided to check it out, right in time for the Christmas market. It was the first days of November and it was snowing gently. We strolled around and checked out every store that was open, without even buying anything. Yes, we love window shopping. We finished the night with some hot cider and more hot chocolate as we bought some small gifts for my mom to take back home. I can’t wait to go back this year!
Although all these places are open-air, and it does get pretty cold during winter, I think it’s important to get out there. Even if it’s just for a bit. All these places are accessible by TTC, or even walking distance! The upcoming weeks, I’ll be putting on my warm and heavy winter coats and exploring not only these beautiful places, but finding other new cool spots.