It’s been a mild winter here in Toronto. I haven’t had to wear my heavy winter boots and mitts yet in 2017, but that doesn’t mean I don’t pray for the blue skies and light sweaters of spring. The days of winter may be grey and chilly, but Toronto is a city that can warm you up on even the coldest of days!
Get to know the PATH
Did you know there is an entire underground city that lies beneath Toronto’s downtown core? Stretching a whopping 30 km, the PATH makes up the world’s largest underground shopping complex. You can travel through most of downtown without ever feeling the biting winter winds using the PATH, which takes you as close to campus as the Eaton Centre, Ryerson’s large commercial neighbour.
Check out Winterlicious
Calling all #foodies on a budget and students in search of a delicious hot meal to help forget their winter blues! Winterlicious is an annual Toronto event where some of the city’s top restaurants offer special fixed price promotions. Insider Tip: lunch and dinner menus are often the same, but lunch can come at half the price. Be sure to make reservations so you, and your Instagram, don’t miss out on anything!
Skate under the stars
Skating is the quintessential Canadian winter activity, and despite being Canada’s largest city, Toronto still has room in its downtown core for several skating rinks. Bring your skates to school and glide on Lake Devo, on-campus pond during the summer and skating rink during the winter. It’s not uncommon to see the community parttaking in fun hockey games at night by the lights of the Image Arts Centre. A five minute walk from campus, the rink at Nathan Phillips Square is one of the most popular in the city, offering skate rentals and views of the famous Toronto sign. A short commute away is the Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre which features DJ Skate Nights on Saturday evenings, situated right on Lake Ontario. If you don’t want to brave the outdoors, Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre hosts free skates open to students by presenting their OneCards at the arena. Always make sure you follow up your skate date with some steamy hot chocolate.
Donate to or volunteer with an organization helping the homeless
Many of us have old winter gear hanging in closets that haven’t been touched in years. Instead of letting your old coats take up closet space, donate them to someone who could get use out of them. There are also several organizations who take on volunteers, although it is preferable that you commit yourself to the cause and not make your volunteer work a one-time occurrence.