Despite the cold temperature that we have experienced in the past few weekends, we have also enjoyed from lovely sunny days. There is not a more perfect combination than snow, sun, and a hot chocolate! When these three things happen, it means it is a perfect day to go outside and explore a new place. Yes, I know what are you thinking: “Are you nuts?!”, but trust me, you will love it! Everything outside looks so sparkly, it is really beautiful, especially if you go to a park or a trail, the view is amazing with the snowy pines along the way.
As always during winter, we recommend you dress warmly and in layers, this will make your adventure much more pleasant. Get a water repellent backpack, since it is important to keep your belongings dry, if it starts snowing it will protect your valuables. Pack your Patriot water repellent backpack with hot beverages, extra gloves and socks, energy bars and water. Keep in mind that walking outside during winter will make you hungrier and thirstier since your body is burning more energy to keep you warm.
We are happy to see how the TruBlue tribe in Toronto keeps seeking adventures during winter and sharing awesome places to explore with us! Let’s check them out:
East Don Parkland
The Don River Valley Trails are incredible, and you can enjoy them all year round. They wind their way through some of Toronto’s parks and conservations areas, making it the best place to go if you want to feel disconnected from the hustle of the city without having to drive for several hours. It is amazing how nature takes over in an urban area, it can make you really feel like you are in another place.
The Don River trail stretches about 32 kilometers from Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario. Since this trail connects with several parks, you can enter it in different places, offering you short and long walk and ride options. The East Don Parkland stretches about 5 kilometers, from Steeles Ave to Sheppard Ave on Leslie Street. It has an easy to moderate level of difficulty since the trail is paved. However, during winter there is no road maintenance so you have to be extra cautious.
This part of the trail is beautiful to see during winter, especially if it is sunny. The river looks like crystal, the snowy pines, and the small bridges add a lovely visual touch. These trails are also great for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Don’t forget your camera, you will want to take a lot of pictures, but keep moving, if you stay still for a long time you will start feeling cold fast.
Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail
This former parking lot in Ontario Place was transformed into the province's new landmark park. The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is 7.5 acres of public green space with an incredible waterfront and a stunning view of the Toronto Skyline. The park opened last summer and it quickly became a favourite place for Torontonians and tourists to enjoy picnics, take photos, exercise and more.
Trillium park is a lovely place to enjoy a walk along the shore in the afternoon and stay for the sunset. Have you ever noticed how stunning the sunsets are during winter? They are the best! From Trillium park, you have the best view of the horizon, nothing to block your vision from enjoying those last sunbeams. Pack your water repellent backpack with your favourite blanket and a lot of hot chocolate. Sit on a bench on top of the hill, relax and enjoy!
Remember there is not bad weather only bad clothing! So, embrace winter and never stop exploring your city. There are many places near you that might surprise you with how beautiful they are. Thank you TruBlue tribe for always sharing your adventures so we can all know where to go next! Keep us posted on your winter discoveries!