Brrrr! Do these cold temperatures have you running inside? Sure it may be warmer by the heaters with a mug of hot cocoa, but it’s not as fun as enjoying all that this wonderful city has to offer. Besides… we’re Canadian! We’re supposed to embrace the cold, throw on our skates and pass the puck around – and if nothing else, prove that a little wind chill doesn’t knock us down.
When we think of the waterfront, most of us imagine a day at the beach and leisurely lunches on a patio. We’re picturing sand dunes and sun…not snow and flurries. But at East Bayside, home to our Aqualina and Aquavista communities, the opportunity for year-round (and snowy!) entertainment is plentiful. So grab your coats and get outside…
View from Bayside as dusk fall over Toronto.
Channel your inner Sidney Crosby and lace up your skates at the rinks in Sherbourne Common or Harbourfront Centre. Sherbourne Common is immediately adjacent to Aqualina at Bayside and is one of Toronto’s newest spots for skating. The fantastic views will distract you from your ungraceful falls – Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands and the CN Tower are all well within sight.
The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre is another favorite spot just minutes down the road from the Bayside community. That much closer to Toronto’s downtown core, the scene is a perfect destination for those who love to take in the beauty of the Toronto skyline while enjoying a leisurely skate.
Leisure skating at Sherbourne Common
If the ice isn’t your thing, the Victorian cobblestone of The Distillery District should do just the trick, for a cup of hot chocolate at Soma Chocolate, considered one of the best of this winter favorite in Toronto, by blogTO. It’s also the perfect way to warm up before venturing out to explore this unique Toronto enclave. Best of all, it’s less than a 10 minute walk from the Bayside community. Renowned for its historic architecture and lined with small boutique stores, upscale shops, the Distillery District is home to a great selection of dining options; perfect for lovers of the annual Winterlicious festival.
Speaking of which, Toronto’s Winterlicious runs from January 30, 2015 to February 12, 2015 and bookings are now open. This winter culinary celebration allows you to take advantage of the incredible value and exclusive prix fixe menus offered by some of Toronto’s top establishments. The Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery District is just one of the restaurants offering a fabulous menu during Winterlicious. The brewery vats produce more than 12 handcrafted beers and ales to go along with a delicious meal!
The Distillery District
So don’t hibernate until spring and miss all the winter fun by the waterfront! Toronto is a city that thrives in all seasons – and this is just one neighbourhood!
Stay tuned for more things to do as we highlight different areas of Toronto on the Tridel blog. Until then, get outside, sled down a hill or just enjoy the season! Snow angels, anyone?