Put on your mittens, because there is so much to do outdoors near Toronto that won’t cost you a dime this season.
You can glide around the rinks, hike to snow-capped views, and explore dazzling light festivals without breaking the bank.
The ice rink in the gardens
When: Open all winter
Address: 48 John Street West, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Why you need to go: The Pillar and Post has a sparkling new ice rink set in its enchanting gardens, and you can glide under the stars for free.
Lights over Stratford
When: Until January 28, 2022
Address: Stratford, ON
Why you need to go: You can walk past light installations at this festival of lights, which has transformed neighborhoods of Stratford into surreal wonderland. Illuminated works of art include interactive exhibits and a soon-to-be-installed giant castle.
Address: 885, boul. Mountain Brow, Hamilton, ON
Why you need to go: You’ll feel like you’re in Narnia watching this frozen waterfall. There are two platforms on site where you can take in all the views.
The Bentway skating rink
Address: 250, boul. Fort York, Toronto ON
Why you need to go: This year’s figure skating loop will take you through an art exhibit, so sharpen your skates.
Winter festival of lights
When: Until February 21, 2022
Address: Niagara Falls, ON
Why you need to go: Walk around over 3 million dazzling lights and illuminated exhibits at this free festival, which you can also enjoy from your car.
When: Opening February 21, 2022
Address: Woodbine Beach, Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: You can see the frozen shores of Woodbine Beach transformed into massive sculptures in an annual design competition.
Rouge National Urban Park
Address: Zoo Road, Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: This spacious park has snow-capped lookouts and forest trails that surround you with beautiful winter scenes.
Netflix in your neighborhood
Address: Across Ontario
Why you need to go: By using the Netflix Map in your neighborhood, you can experience nearby filming locations for popular Netflix shows and visit them in real life.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
In Ontario, a vaccination passport is required to access certain events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.