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Embassy English 26 March 2016 - by Tanya Dudevich, Program Manager, Embassy English Toronto

Embassy Toronto: Top 5 Things to do in Toronto in the Winter

When most people think of Toronto and Canada, they immediately think of the cold and winter. But, in Toronto, cold doesn’t mean the end of fun— It’s actually just the beginning! There are countless things to do in the city during our famous Canadian winters. So, while some people may get scared when they hear that “Winter is coming,” we at Embassy Toronto instead choose to say, “Bring it on!”

Jon_and_Samwell_The_Dance_of_DragonsImage via Game of Thrones

Thinking of visiting Toronto in the winter? Well, we at Embassy Toronto have come up with a list of the Top 5 things that you can do in Toronto on a cold winter’s day! So, here we go!

  1. Watch a Hockey or Basketball Game

Raptors Game

If you’re dying to immerse yourself in Canadian sports culture, why not take the opportunity to see a few hockey and basketball games? After all, basketball was actually invented in Canada, and hockey is our most famous and celebrated sport (Canada without hockey is pretty much unfathomable)! Ultimately, one of the most exciting ways of building community and practicing English is through watching sports. Now, aren’t you glad you learned all of that sports vocabulary?

Toronto Hockey Final

  1. Toronto Christmas Market

Who says winter shopping should just take place indoors? We don’t, that’s for sure! A winter stay in Toronto is hardly complete without a visit to the Christmas Market. At the Market, you can weave through the pedestrian-only streets of Toronto’s historic and famous Distillery District and take in all of the Christmas-related sights!

Christmas Market Group

At the Market, you can look at unique arts and crafts and sample different foods under a canopy of white Christmas lights. As you walk and browse through the streets, you can also listen to Christmas carolers singing traditional holiday tunes. After practicing your English with storekeepers, you can warm up with some lovely mulled wine and traditional Canadian poutine.

So, if you’re looking for some ambience and warm Christmas cheer, the Christmas Market is a must-visit!

christmas market Toronto

  1. Explore Warmly!

If you don’t really feel like going out in the cold, you can still explore what Toronto has to offer indoors. You can visit different attractions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ripley’s Aquarium, the University of Toronto, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Embassy toronto

These famous Canadian sites are all a stone’s throw away from our school, and they allow students to get more acquainted with Canadian history and culture.

Embassy Toronto 1

At these sites and institutions, students are granted numerous opportunities to practice their English—they can listen to the information given during our guided tours with our staff, read the explanations and descriptions of the objects on display, and speak with their friends to express their thoughts and feelings regarding their experience!

Toronto Aquarium

Now, how’s that for staying warm?

  1. Be Active!

If watching sports and staying indoors just don’t cut it for you, you can engage in traditional Canadian winter activities such as snowboarding, skiing, and ice skating!

Embassy Toronto Snow

There are over 40 outdoor ice rinks scattered throughout the city that you can head to after school to squeeze in your daily socializing and exercise. Students love challenging themselves and their friends to skate on the ice (without falling). It’s definitely one of the highlights for our students!

Toronto Ice Skating

If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, you can join one of our school skiing and snowboarding trips. Our students love the rush they get when they race down the slopes! Students hardly run out of opportunities to use their English during these activities—after all, you need English to negotiate and exercise your etiquette on the slopes and at the rink!

  1. Play in the Snow!

Winter in Toronto wouldn’t be the same without, well, snow! It’s pretty much an essential part of life in our fair city, so, why not enjoy it?

Toronto Snow

As a matter of fact, many of our students choose to come to our city to see and experience snow. You can build a snowman, make snow angels, have a snowball fight, and go tobogganing, just to name a few things!

Embassy Toronto Students

Throughout these activities, you have ample opportunity to use your English because successful play and snowman building require effective communication! Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you give yourself the chance to fall into the snow and fall in love with winter!

Emily in the Winter

Well, that wraps up Embassy Toronto’s Top 5 List! Feel free to add your top Toronto winter activities in our comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

To participate in the activities mentioned above, students can either sign up for tickets at our school or buy them independently. Note: Students do not need to purchase tickets to play in the snow. It’s available to everyone! 🙂


To learn more about learning English in exciting Toronto, Canada, be sure to contact us today! 

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