One of the great things about winter in Canada is that the season brings on a whole new range of things to do in Ontario and elsewhere, whether you're looking for a day with the kids or a suggestion for a Valentines gift certificate. In fact, if Canadians hadn't adapted to the long winters and come up with a diverse array of winter pastimes, it`s likely the whole country would have gone crazy by now.
Toronto is no exception when it comes to one`s ability to find things to do in the wintertime. Your favourite golf course might be under five feet of snow for the next five months, or your Fenelon Falls cottage, but that doesn`t mean you have to spend them in your arm chair staring at the television (although there will probably be hockey on!). In another article in this series we took a look at some ways to keep active during the winter months in this city; in this one, we will take a look at some of the municipal events you can take the family to or enjoy on your own.
WinterCity Festival. Held over the end of January and the first two weeks of February, the winter festival is a combination of events that can really liven up some of the worst winter months. The festival includes several food fairs and one of the largest Ontario arts and crafts shows to be found. There's also a lot of entertainment on display in the form of music and other performances, and it is well worth checking out. So, if you're in school, put that student proofreading aside for an afternoon and explore the city!
Cavalcade of Lights. Sponsored by Scotiabank, this event is another combination of some great activities that the whole family will enjoy. Held from November 29 to December 31, the festival includes fireworks displays, tours of some of the most brilliant Toronto neighbourhoods as they light up for Christmas, and other light-centred activities. Take some time of from your job, or maybe you're a nanny from London and want to explore with your new clients.
New Year`s Eve celebrations. All over the city, you will find parties to ring in the New Year. One of the most popular is the party at Nathan Phillips Square. Starting at 10:30, it`s the Canadian answer to the Rockefeller celebration in New York, complete with live bands and a countdown. The event is also broadcast on local television stations. Or, if you're looking for something a little more upscale, there are options available at several hotels and clubs. Networking at these parties could be as good as being scouted by an executive search firm Toronto for meeting the top professionals in the city.
Winter certainly doesn`t mean an end to fun in the city of Toronto. Don`t stay in this season; come out and enjoy everything that the city has to offer during the winter months.