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ice skating

7 Ideas for Winter Fun in the Mountains

Dec. 10, 2015
By Afton Aikens

We talked to local extreme sports athlete Will Gadd in our winter feature Big Mountain Adventure about some of his favourite places to ice climb and backcountry ski. But if the suggestions in that article are a little too adventurous for you, Gadd has more ideas for fun:

Grotto Mountain Ice Walk, Canmore Kananaskis

Grotto Mountain Ice Walk, Canmore Kananaskis

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15 Extreme Canadian Winter Activities

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

It doesn’t take long for Canadians to feel the doldrums of winter start to take hold. But, being the clever Canucks that we are, we’ve figured out exciting ways to make winter full of exploration and adventure. From cave exploration to kite boarding (on ice) to dog sledding, winter can be a time when your best vacation memories are made. Let’s stop hibernating! It’s time to appreciate Canada for the winter wonderland it is. (more…)

5 Fun Cold-Weather Activities With Kids in Niagara Falls

Photo by Kevin Millican

By William Travis

Sure, you may have to bundle the kids up for a glimpse of the falls themselves in late fall or winter, but watching the 100,000 cubic feet of rushing water plunge downward is still a thrill no matter what season it is. Away from the falls, indoor and outdoor activities make Niagara Falls a fun winter getaway.

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Essential to Toronto: Skate Away from Winter

photo by Jennifer Hart

TO MARCH 13 Head down to Harbourfront Centre for a final whirl around the ice at the Natrel Rink. Soon it will be spring, and though children can strap on their blades year-round at the artificial-surface Natrel Kinder Rink, the skating season comes to an end this month for visiting grown-ups. Take advantage of the large outdoor ice sheet’s picturesque views of Toronto’s skyscrapers, Lake Ontario, and the Toronto Islands—it’s a great way to see the cityscape and enjoy one last winter blast with family and friends.

Skating au Natural

Strap on skates and glory in gliding across natural ice:

Hot chocolate break while skating behind the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

• The Victoria Glacier, giant ice castle and Ice Magic sculptures provide a wondrous atmosphere for the Zamboni-smooth Lake Louise rink behind the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

• Rundle Mountain view, firepit, benches and picnic tables provide ambiance for the Terrace rink behind the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.

• Quaint Kananaskis Village Pond in the park-like courtyard is night lit. There’s a hockey rink too.

• Two blocks from Main Street, Canmore Pond is a magnate for local families and visitors.

Skate rentals and other indoor and outdoor rinks.—LS

Hot Date: The Cavalcade of Lights’ Dazzling Display

NOVEMBER 27 Witness the heart of downtown Toronto illuminate the night sky at the 44th annual Cavalcade of Lights. This jump-start to the holiday season sees City Hall and its surrounding area shine with a colourful display of luminescence that includes a mesmerizing fireworks show and the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree. For more dynamic entertainment, check out the jaw-dropping aerial stunts performed by trampoline acrobats, plus live concerts by such artists as Divine Brown. End your evening at the public skating party while a DJ spins upbeat tunes. Nathan Phillips Square, 7 p.m., free; call 416-492-2489 or visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, December 4th to December 6th

December is finally here! ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, shop, skate and be merry at festive holiday performances.

Friday: Spend an evening at the Distillery Historic District

Friday: Spend some time at the Distillery Historic District

Friday December 4th
Pick out gifts for little loved-ones at the Distillery Historic District’s Children’s Trunk Show shopping event, then spend the evening walking the area’s cobblestone laneways and admiring its seasonal light display.

Get into the festive spirit at the Friday After Five event hosted by the Gardiner Museum. This special holiday happy hour features Christmas cocktails and a tourtiere poutine created by celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy.

Partake in a 72-year-old seasonal tradition at the Church of the Holy Trinity—its Christmas Story performance brings the nativity to soul-stirring life.

Saturday: Tea at the Royal York

Saturday: Tea at the Royal York

Saturday, December 5th
Take time for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and nibble on finger sandwiches, mincemeat tarts and other holiday treats. Visitors can also take home decadent goodies from the on-site Festive Bakery.

Meet new friends while learning how to pry open shellfish at the singles oyster shucking, tasting & wine pairing night at Leslieville gastro-pub Prohibition.

Sing along with Weezer and other alternative-rock superstars—the Air Canada Centre hosts radio station 102.1 The Edge’s Jingle Bell Rock concert.

Sunday: Eva Avila portrays Maid Marian in Robin Hood

Sunday: Eva Avila portrays Maid Marian in Robin Hood

Sunday, December 6th
Enjoy a festive afternoon at Roy Thompson Hall as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Strap on your blades for Harbourfront Centre’s HarbourKIDS: SK8 festival at Canada’s largest artificially cooled outdoor ice rink.

Follow Robin Hood as his merry men as they engage in eco-conscious hijinks in the Ross Petty production of Robin Hood: The Environ-Mental Family Musical.