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Pick any season in Toronto and get ready for boundless activities.
In spring, it’s time to explore the city during a fabulous weekend event called Doors Open Toronto. That’s when some of the most exclusive postal codes (no zip codes in Canada) alongside a handful of historic properties open its doors to the public showcasing fascinating behind-the-scenes and interiors of rarely seen landmarks.
In summer, festival season takes over the city streets. Whether it’s jazz, arts or a multicultural mix of street parties, get ready to let your hair down. I love to hang in the city’s east end called The Beach for the Beaches International Jazz Festival now celebrating its 25th season. The huge crowd there shows you how much we like to have fun in the sun.
In fall, as the city streets turn golden and ochre from the canopied oak and maple trees lining the residential neighborhoods, everyone is in movie mode anxiously awaiting the celebrity invasion. That’s when we host TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), the world renowned film festival.
In winter the snow blankets the city. That means outdoor skating by the countless ice rinks spread across Toronto. Head to Toronto’s famous one at Nathan Phillips Square to practice your perfect eights. The backdrop of City Hall, festive lights brightening the square, and the magnificent Christmas tree are just some of the reasons why skating here has been so popular. Skate rentals are also available.
Toronto is the kind of city that needs to be taken in; experienced the way a city-dweller would. A great way to do just that is to rent a bicycle and do your own little city tour. Ride past the CN Tower, check out the Harbourfront area, and ride through the city to experience it first-hand.
Another favorite in Toronto is bar-hopping. Choose a district, like Entertainment, King West or Distillery and check out the local bars. You're sure to come across unique nightclubs, great live music and die-hard sports fans.
Lastly, take in the culture. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) or the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Or, check out Toronto's theatre scene -- the Princess of Wales Theatre and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts are two great venues that always have musicals and plays that you won't want to miss.