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How to enjoy the winter in Toronto?

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Dear students our main idea today is to share with you some nice things to do while you are enrolled in one of our English courses in Toronto during the winter.

1 – Skating

Toronto has over 110 indoor and outdoor ice pads, natural rinks and trails for leisure skating. Most of them are free and generally open from 9 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, but it can change depending on each location.

The most famous is the one located at City Hall. It will be open until March 22nd and rentals skates are available.

The most famous is the one located at City Hall.
City Hall

Other famous places where you can rent skates in Toronto are: The Bentway, Harbourfront, and Union Skating Rink.

The Bentway is located under the Gardiner Expressway, a famous road in Toronto. It is open from 5 to 9pm on weekdays and from 12 pm to 9pm on weekends. The Bentway will offer recurring free skate lessons for adults on Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm and skate rentals are FREE on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm all winter, courtesy of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

At Harbourfront you can skate while enjoying an amazing view of the lake and the CN Tower. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm. From Dec 14, 2019 to Feb 15, 2020, every Saturday there is a DJ playing at night while you are skating.

The Union Skating Rink is the newest and largest one in Toronto. It is located just outside of Union Station. A big difference from the other rinks it is there skate and helmet rentals are free and there are free lessons from 12 to 4pm every day. It works from 11 am to 7 pm between Sunday to Wednesday and closes at 9 pm from Thursday to Saturday. Also, on Friday and Saturday after 5 pm takes place a live DJ.

2 – Ski and Snowboard

According to, based on an average of 7.5 days per year, it is estimated that there are 2.5 million skiers and snowboarders in Canada which means that 14.2% of Canadians over the age of 12 participate in skiing and snowboarding.

Around Toronto, we have a lot of good places to practice those sports. However, our agency’s partners, ISX or TNT, promote trips to two of them every weekend. They are Snow Valley and Blue Mountain. You can contact them at school and choose which one is best for you.

promote trips to two of them every weekend
Blue Mountain

3 – Snow Tubing and Tobogganing

Those are the funnest winter activities. Snow Tubing is the leisure activity of sliding downhill on snow in a large inflated inner tube. It is available in all the Ski Resorts around Toronto.

However, if you are not able to travel far you can still have fun in Toronto. Tobogganing is similar to snow tubing, but you use a toboggan or a sled to slide downhill.
You can buy your own sled and go to one of the many parks. You need to check where it is allowed, but some famous parks are: Riverdale Park East, Christie Pits Park, and High Park.

Riverdale Park
Riverdale Park

Come to study English in Toronto, have fun in the winter and enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forgot a hot chocolate to keep you warm!!

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