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Cross-country skiing in Arrowhead

Arrowhead Provincial Park’s winter activities don’t stop with its skating trail, it is also home to a network of cross-country skiing trails. We put on a pair of skis for the first time in Canada to check them out. My first and only skiing experience had been just as traumatic as my first ever skating lesson. As with anything that required coordination, my one and … Continue reading Cross-country skiing in Arrowhead

Skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Picture a quintessential Canadian winter scene, snow covered evergreens as far as the eye can see, big fluffy snowflakes falling and a beautiful torch lit skating trail winding through the middle of it all. And there you have the Arrowhead Provincial Park Ice Skating Trail. It continues to be named as one of the top winter experiences in Canada, it even makes BlogTO’s top skating … Continue reading Skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park

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Cycling to the Scarborough Bluffs

Vancouver, as we’ve all heard, has the upper hand when it comes to Canadian cities with stunning scenery on its doorstep. But here, we want to reclaim a little pride for Toronto.  There are some great outdoor locations to visit near Toronto, although unfortunately most require a bit of travel. But nevertheless, there are the Niagara Falls (just make sure you’re facing away from the … Continue reading Cycling to the Scarborough Bluffs

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Finding a Toronto activity that’s scarier than the CN Tower EdgeWalk

Standup Paddleboarding on Lake Ontario in Toronto  In June Emma took me on a belated birthday treat. There’s a good reason why it was belated though. In June, Toronto basks in warm sunshine and the waters of Lake Ontario lap up against the city unhindered. My birthday is in February, and back then, there may be sunshine, but temperatures are 30-40 degrees colder than in … Continue reading Finding a Toronto activity that’s scarier than the CN Tower EdgeWalk

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Cycling the Toronto Beltline Trail and Beyond

The Jane’s Walk that wasn’t a walk This weekend over 170 walks took place across Toronto for Jane’s Walk, a series of free walking tours, that bring together people to explore and celebrate their neighbourhood. Jane’s Walks are named after Jane Jacobs, a city planner in both New York and Toronto, who developed plenty of theories about what makes cities great places to live.  Jane’s Walks have … Continue reading Cycling the Toronto Beltline Trail and Beyond

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Skating at the Harbourfront and drinking chocolate in the Distillery District

This week the weather has improved dramatically, the snow is melting and it finally feels like spring is coming. The good weather started last Sunday, when temperatures reached a massive 2 degrees, which seemed so much warmer after experiencing the coldest February on record in Toronto! We decided to take advantage of the bright sunshine and head down to the Harbourfront Centre to do some … Continue reading Skating at the Harbourfront and drinking chocolate in the Distillery District

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Braving the cold at the frozen Toronto Islands

Last weekend was Family Day weekend in Ontario (and in some other provinces), so we headed down to the Toronto Islands. Anyone in Toronto will know that it was very cold last weekend with temperatures reaching as low as -40 with windchill on Sunday!! We went on Saturday, as despite not being forecast to be as sunny as Sunday or Monday, it was due to be a bit … Continue reading Braving the cold at the frozen Toronto Islands

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Walking on a frozen lake in High Park

A trip to High Park was recommended to me by one of my former colleagues, who just so happens to be from Toronto. Ideally we wanted to visit on a nice sunny day so we could take some good pictures. The weather of course had other ideas but we decided to go anyway, after all, it’s not like we can’t go again. High Park is a … Continue reading Walking on a frozen lake in High Park

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Living on the Edge!

The CN Tower. Landmark of Toronto and a symbol of Canada. Inescapable from almost any angle in the city, it is the focal point for countless photos. The 3rd tallest tower in the world, the tallest structure in the western hemisphere, and formerly the tallest freestanding structure in the world (1975-2007) – thanks Wikipedia! To put it in perspective, The Shard in London is 306 … Continue reading Living on the Edge!