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Warm Up and Chill Out This Winter

Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Rink

It’s cold outside. Temperatures are below zero and there’s a wind warning. But there are numerous options for having fun and staying cozy in Toronto.


ICY PLEASURES The positive side of negative temperatures? Outdoor ice-skating. Though currently in the midst of a revitalization, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) boasts a public rink for skating amongst Toronto’s downtown skyscrapers. For a lakeside lark, the Natrel Skating Rink at Harbourfront Centre offers ample ice daily and DJ sets on Saturday nights. If you have skates of your own, the Evergreen Brick Works offers adventure on a skating trail that wends through its natural site.

PICTURESQUE PARKS The city’s green spaces are beautiful beneath a fresh blanket of snow. There’s much to see in High Park—its 399 acres feature picturesque ravines, trails for cross-country skiing and even a small zoo. A walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park (at Queen Street West between Crawford Street and Gore Vale Avenue) is best followed by a drink at one of many nearby Queen Street cafés. And for a true urban escape, pack your camera and hop on the ferry to Ward’s Island. Overlooking frozen Lake Ontario, you’ll have the perfect shot of the Toronto skyline.

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