The Ice Festival in Yorkville is another way to celebrate the winter in our city. Stroll around the park and see the wonderful ice sculptures showcased by talented and experienced artists. It takes them only one hour per block of ice but they know what they are doing! New stores have recently opened, including Starbucks right on the park.
We need to bundle up due to the freezing temperatures that are reaching the ones in the moon. Toronto can get to -40C and the moon is only -54C so we are not that far apart!
We might as well enjoy the winter activities in the city. It is usually quite nice, calm and beautiful the scenery right after a snow storm. Great for taking the dog for a walk, the kids tobogganing or just getting fresh air. Leaside as many other neighbourhoods have plenty of fantastic areas to enjoy and they are just around the corner.
Cavalcade of Lights is the official start of the Christmas Season in Toronto, usually on the last Saturday of November. A fun night open to all Torontonians to share an amazing spectacle of lights, music and great energy. The official tree is illuminated, fantastic fireworks are displayed and a DJ party with ice skating enthusiasts closes the celebration.
The celebration of the arts during a whole night, starting at 6:00 PM and going all the way to sunrise has created a level of energy in the downtown core of Toronto like no other event at this time of the evening.
Rivers of people, usually in groups, wander through the streets with great expectation to see the free installations of hundreds of contemporary artists in several disciplines, from painting, acting, music, photography, sculpture, etc. who transform the city for the public's delight or dislike.
Some places are just packed and there is little space to move or breath but the crowd continues chasing the next show like a pilgrimage of the arts.
Though there is a lot of information posted online and in print media, often times it is necessary to go and check it out in person as the description or the images shown may not really represent the true dimension of the exhibit. Extended projects can be seen for another week including night installations of artists playing with light, colours, forms and effects.
The Garden of Renova, designed by the Centre of the Arts and Design at George Brown College was made entirely of coloured toilet paper and attracted a huge amount of visitors who mixed and mingle in the curvaceous forms recreated in the space.
The CanAmerican Energy Arts Team showcased a set of two large oil barrels united by a pipeline representing the energy independence (or dependence) of the two nations. A fountain pumping black gold accompanied by a multimedia landscape exhibit intended to have a different communication approach to the public.
Ghosts of our former selves with visitors faces painted by the artists that glowed in the dark.
Dress rehearsal with shadow boxes displaying the innermost moments of musicians who perform solo offering an interesting contrast in the dark of the night.
The human brain installation by influential Cuban artist Yoan Capote titled Open Mind, offers a space where visitors can walk underneath the metal labyrinth and interact with each other regardless of faith, culture or political beliefs.
Made in China featuring a facade made with articles produced in China in the middle of Chinatown is a colourful display that calls the attention of the passersby.
An extended installation at Fort York, allows visitors to feel treated like celebrities walking on the red carpet with the backdrop of the city.
The changing of the colours during the Fall season in Algonquin Park is such a great and marvelous spectacle that is music for the eyes. There are two peaks in the colours, the first one is when the maple canopies turn red and then the leaves fall and the yellow ones show their beauty.
Highway 60 is a sure place to look at the marvel of nature, though it gets tricky with so many drivers passing by at high speeds.
From Toronto is just over two hours to get there. Before entering the park there are two great places to enjoy the reflections on still waters so watch out for what catches your eye and imagination.
As pictures paint a thousand words, there is no need to describe this beauty. Just enjoy the first peak when red is the preferred colour!
Canoeing and staying in the different wood cabin lodges is one of the greatest pleasures for Torontonians, Ontarians and Canadians alike.