Embracing Willowdale's Winter

Many have embraced the cold by turning to winter activities to stay active and find the fun side of this week's massive snowfall.

Natural ice rinks, run by volunteers in the Willowdale community, have been flooded and shoveled to allow for great skating in our City parks. You'll find them at Caswell Park, Edithvale Park, Glendora Park and Parkview Park.

The City promotes 26 tobogganing hills throughout Toronto, including some local favourites at Burnett Park and Glendora Park. To find other great sledding locations in Toronto visit the City's tobogganing page here.

The ski and snowboard centre at Earl Bales Park is now open. Earl Bales offers three runs on one main hill with a chairlift along with a beginner slope with tow rope. Weather permitting, it operates until mid-March. Pricing for lift tickets and rentals can be found here.

Snow loops have been created for walking or snowshoeing at City golf courses, including Don Valley. Washrooms are available in course clubhouses.

For more information or inspiration on fun winter activities in the city, click here.

With the cold weather keeping many community members inside and indoor gatherings restricted by the province due to COVID-19, it’s also an easy time to become socially isolated.

To help stave off loneliness, NeighbourLink North York will be hosting Willowdale Winterfest, an evening of community connection over Zoom, on Jan. 30. From 6 to 8 p.m.. Connect with neighbours and enjoy performances by musicians, storytellers, artists and a magician. This event is free to attend. To register, visit willowdalewinterfest.eventbrite.ca.