Despite the fact we’ve settled into the greyest, coldest part of winter (along with a fresh round of lockdown measures) that doesn’t mean you’re short on options when it comes to weekend activities. There are numerous ways to safely enjoy yourself; here are some of the best ways to do just that this weekend.
Hit up a heated patio
Many of the city’s bars and restaurants have gotten creative when it comes to creating winterized patios, allowing patrons to enjoy a drink outdoors despite the chilly weather. Multiple patio heaters, piles of blankets and warming cocktails on the menu are just some of the ways these venues keep guests cozy. Some of the many options include El Catrin Distillery, Bar Neon, Paradise Grapevine, Atomic 10 and Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen. Most outdoor patios require reservations so call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Lace up your skates
Have energy to burn (or a crew of kids you need to wear out), think about going for a skate at one of the city’s many outdoor rinks. Skating is a fun, often free and pandemic-safe activity for anyone looking to get out outdoors. Some of the best spots to skate in the city include Harbourfront Center, the Bentway Skating Trail, Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail and Evergreen Brick Works.
Cozy up at a fire pit
Grab a few friends, pack some blankets and snacks and cozy up around a fire. Ontario Place is home to four outdoor fire pits (some with Muskoka chairs) that can be reserved for small groups. The fire pits are located at Trillium Park, North Cedar Cove, South Cedar Cove and directly lakeside on the southern part of East Island. If you want to upgrade the experience, nearby Hotel X has put together a Firewood Package and a S’mores Package.
Shop for antiques and collectibles
If you’re in the market for some unique items for your home or just like to browse collectibles and antiques, you can do so on Sunday at Parkdale Hall at the Parkdale Antiques & Collectibles Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll be supporting local vendors and you never know what kids of treasures you might stumble upon.
Go on a self-guided walking tour
The City of Toronto website is home to a whole database of self-guided walking tours covering everything from some the city’s best architecture to discovery walks through nature. Simply choose the tour you’re interested in to get a route map, then bundle up and get going. Each tour offers something different, from stops of cultural significance to public art and historical sites.
See some comedy from home
While going to an in-person comedy club might not be an option right now, you can still have some laughs from the comfort of your own home. This Saturday, for example, Black Sheep Comedy is heading online for an evening of comedy featuring headliner Leonard Chan along with Al Val & Lars Classington. Once you book your ticket, a Zoom link will be emailed to you one hour before show start time.