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David and I are planning to take a winter vacation next December, but haven’t completely settled the details yet. We have significant changes coming up and want to celebrate. I’ve been doing some research on some hot destinations, and I think Toronto, Canada looks interesting.
Icefest is like a free open-air ice-art exhibit! Watch as Toronto’s trendy shopping district, Bloor-Yorkville, becomes transformed into a magical winter paradise honoring Canadian history and culture. Chainsaw-wielding ice artisans sculpt 20,000 pounds of frozen water into spectacular ice statues. While it’s a free event, some of Bloor-Yorkville’s most excellent restaurants will tempt you with snacks and coffee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and you know food eaten for a good cause has no calories, right?
Bloor-Yorkville is such a hotspot that many Toronto hotels are in this neighborhood.
Toronto Polar Bear Dip
The Polar Bear Dip is not for the faint of heart, but you get bragging rights for trying this Toronto winter activity! Imagine, visiting famous Sunnyside Beach in January. That’s not sand on the beach in your little daydream. Nope. That’s sparkling, gleaming snow! Also, that’s ice caps floating in the bay, not wave caps. Take off everything but your bathing suit and jump in! What a rush! Not only do you get to scratch this item off your bucket list, but you are also helping raise money for charity. Nothing like spreading a little love while on vacation!
Winterlicious Food Festival
Foodies, get ready for the Winterlicious Food Festival. Over 200 restaurants in and around Toronto participate in a Prix Fixe Promotion, but the festival also includes a variety of cooking and dining experiences. Artsy types can take in a little dinner theater. Foodies can partake cooking classes or pairing events. Also, enjoy themed dining events featuring Canadian traditions or Martinis from the Golden Age of Bartending.
Escape the Canadian winter and enjoy a cup (or more) of hot tea at the Toronto Tea Festival. Sample hundreds of brews ranging from the everyday pick-me-up to the more trendy, herbal affairs. Learn and watch Asian cultural tea ceremonies. You can also sign up for seminars to learn about the history of tea. Tea’s health benefits, or learn the art of reading tea leaves. Oh! And there is shopping! Pick This is an indoor event hosted on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street.
Mark your calendar for the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival. This three-day event features 150 artists at five different “weather-proof” venues. Music lovers revel in a blend of blues, rock, folk, and roots music. Purchase one wristband per person for access to all venues. Some shows require a separate ticket, though, so be sure to check the schedule. All five stages are within a two-minute walking distance from each other on Danforth Avenue.
…And So Much More
This is by not an exhaustive list. Toronto also offers film festivals and has a vibrant nightlife. The city offers a variety of performing arts exhibits and is deeply connected to its Canadian roots.
We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.