We think it’s safe to say that a majority of Torontonians were poking their heads out their windows this morning and praying to the snow gods that today’s “snow storm” might actually turn into a potential snow day.
And like many extreme weather forecasts in the GTA, today’s storm has already passed. And for the most part everyone is at work or school.
But who’s to say that old man winter won’t be back to pay us a visit.
So the next time a snow storm hits and you manage to get the day off (or maybe you’re just planning on playing hooky) here’s some inspiration for planning your winter-filled day off, ’cause there’s no shortage of activities to make the snow a welcome occurrence in the city.
Catch a Film at Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival
If you’re a film buff, come check out the country’s best features, shorts, and student shorts, as selected by a panel of film industry judges, as part of Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival. The festival is organized by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and also includes onstage conversations with filmmakers and actors, industry events, and learning sessions.
Challenge Your Friends at an Escape Room
Rally up your troops and spend the afternoon hunting for clues around an establishment, using logic and teamwork to free yourselves in a race against the clock at one of Toronto’s many escape rooms. Real Escape Game T.O., Escape Games, De Code Adventures, Mystery Room, AT Escape, Locked-In and Great Escape are Toronto’s escape rooms to chose from.
Snakes and Lattes
Bundle up and stay cozy at snakes and lattes and spend the gloomy day indulging on delicious café fare and playing from their huge collection of classic and imported games.
Check out Toronto’s only covered outdoor ice rink at Greenwood Park. Since the rink is covered, skaters will enjoy the covered rink, and that they can skate amidst a snowstorm.
Visit a Museum or Exhibit
If you’re looking for a more culturally stimulating experience, check out one of the city’s many museums and galleries. The ROM and the AGO are always popular options, but if you’re looking for something different, check out Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Tiff Bell Lightbox for a fascinating look inside the world of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Check Out the Recreation of Ferris Bueller’s Bedroom
Starting January 21st, fans of the 80’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off can check out the recreation of his bedroom at the Gladstone Hotel. As part of the 13th annual Come Up To My Room series at the Gladstone Hotel, designer Sarah Keenlyside will be decorating a number of the hotel’s 120-year-old suites into a John Hughes, 80s-inspired living space in what she calls “an exercise of extreme nostalgia.” Unfortunately Cam’s dad’s red Ferrari won’t be included.
Visit a Tea Festival
Stay warm and have a hot cup of steaming tea…or several at the Toronto Tea Festival, which welcomes tea lovers to come and discover the world of tea from the traditional to the trendy. You’ll be able to sample hundreds of teas and learn from experts in the industry at one of the complimentary presentations.
Go On a Beer Tasting
If you’re looking to wet your whistle, then check out one of Toronto’s beer tasting tours. Steam Whistle Brewing, Amsterdam Brewery and Mill Street Brew Pub all offer daily brewery tours and tastings.
For the adventurous types, relive your youth, find a big hill, and go an adrenaline inducing ride. Christie Pits Park, Bickford Park, High Park, Crest View Park, and Centennial Park still offer some pretty big hills that you can actually get away with tobogganing down.
Netflix and Chill
If you’re the type of person who hates embracing the cold and would prefer to hide inside, have an actual Netflix and chill day. Bring out all your duvets and make a cozy nest (or fort, we’re not here to judge) in front of your TV and binge watch all of your favourite shows, guilt free.