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Where in Toronto: Springin’ Forward

Spend a sunny spring day exploring the Evergreen Brick Works (photo by Craig Moy)

This week, seemingly just as I had become comfortable using it, I left the sheltered PATH system in favour of my original ground-level route between Union Station and Where‘s offices on Queen Street. I traded my Ugg boots for flats, switched my winter coat for a light spring jacket and strutted up Yonge Street. With the sun in my face and the snow gone (or rather, averted), it seemed as though hibernation season had ended. Thermometers have already donned double-digit temperatures, after all—the sort of warmth we don’t typically feel until April; It’s only mid-March, but the timing is perfect to get a head start on spring.

What’s the first thing to do under these conditions?
Get out. Out of the house, the office, wherever. Just
get outside. We don’t get much time to spend outdoors, comfortably at least, so it’s best to take advantage of the few months we do get. And Toronto has a plethora of ways that city dwellers can enjoy
the pleasant weather.

High Park is, of course, an oasis for outdoorsy activities. Stroll through the beautiful hillside gardens, take the kids to the quaint little zoo, or laze by the waterside and take in the natural beauty of Grenadier Pond. The Evergreen Brick Works is another fantastic spot for communing with nature as well as Toronto’s heritage, and if you find yourself in midtown, take time out for a quiet stroll through Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The patio at 180 Panorama offers a lovely view of the city in warm weather

If you prefer a bit more of the urban hustle and bustle, you can always get a spring fashion fix in the Bloor-Yorkville area. Even window shopping at Bloor Street’s high-end stores can be exciting. Lunch on a restaurant patio is the perfect way to relax when you’re all shopped out. Mark McEwan’s One restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel is an area favourite for both food and people watching.
A couple of years ago I went to Manulife Centre’s 180 Panorama to celebrate a friend’s end-of-March birthday. Thanks to some frigid winds, we couldn’t really enjoy the view from the venue’s 51st-floor patio. This year, no matter if they’re streetside or high in the sky, the numerous restaurant patios that pepper the city are all fair game.

Speaking of games, Toronto sports fans preparing to bid adieu to the Leafs’ and Raptors’ sub-par seasons can soon lay their hopes on the Blue Jays, who begin their Major League Baseball season in early April. Even if you don’t really follow the old ball game, everyone (be they resident or visitor) should enjoy a roof-open game at the Rogers Centre at least once is their life. Take your friends and family to cheer for some strike-outs and home runs—and soak up the sun while you’re at it.

If the Mother Nature keeps up these temperatures and this sunshine—and I really hope she does—we’ll may find ourselves packing away our spring jackets and trading flats for flip-flops earlier than anticipated, too.

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