How to Enjoy Time Outdoors – Even During the Frigid Winter!
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 winter’s arrival in December. 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 were 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:
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.
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 – marvelous art.
You may be thinking, where can I partake in an afternoon of cross country skiing in a bustling metropolis filled with traffic, office buildings, and hoards of people? Just take a look South and you’ll see. The Toronto Islands are still very much an option to visit in the winter as they are in the summer, however, they’ll be far less populated during the colder seasons and thus, remain the ideal place to go cross-country skiing.
Falling on Saturday February 25th and Sunday February 26th this year, Icefest is the ritzy Toronto neighbourhood Yorkville’s idea of a cool time. This year, the theme of the festival is in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and Torontonians will be out and about celebrating their country’s heritage. During Icefest, ice artists carve blocks of frozen water into stunning shapes for audiences, neighbourhood vendors provide sculptures that decorate the entire Village of Yorkville Park, and of course, as with any Canadian winter event – maple taffy will be for sale.
The Toronto Light Fest
If you’re looking for something never-before seen, the Toronto Light Fest should definitely earn its place on your list of events to attend outdoors this winter. This new event, which will be running from Friday, January 27th– to Sunday March 19th, has plans to convert the beloved Distillery District into a visual journey and imaginative cerebral adventure that features local and international artists.
Winter is the city is an illuminating time, and there are tons of activities that you can participate in to ensure you take full advantage of the season and everything it has to offer. Why hibernate when you can celebrate the beauty of your surroundings and appreciate the artistic efforts of your fellow Torontonians?
If engaging in these events, especially the artistic ones, has you inspired to create more in your personal life, drop us a line today at Arnold Street Media so we can get started on figuring out a plan for how we can assist you in achieving your creative goals in 2017!