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Please Note: As of January 14, a Stay at Home order is in effect for all of Ontario. This means you must stay at home and only go out for necessities, including getting food, going to work, and getting exercise. Learn more about Ontario’s Stay at Home order here. If you go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask.
Another week of staying indoors can get a bit daunting, but there are a few things you can do in Toronto that are safe, fun, and can get you out of the winter blues.
It’s important to remember that with Ontario’s Stay at Home order, you must only head outdoors for the essentials such as getting food, heading to work, and getting exercise.
Here’s a list of ideas that might help ease your mind as you head into the second week of February:
The annual Ocean Wise National Chowder Chowdown Festival has officially returned to cities across Canada this month, and that means from now until February 28, folks across the country can get in on some deliciousness. This year, chowder lovers from Prince Rupert, BC, to Summerville, Nova Scotia, can get a taste of the grub featured in this now-national sustainable seafood fundraiser for the Ocean Wise Seafood program.
When: All of February
Where: Across Toronto, find them here.
Join local artist Stefanie Furgiuele and Original Genes for a virtual Self Love Club Workshop, where you will learn how to hand paint & write your own love letter to yourself. This class is perfect for absolute beginners – no experience needed. Be sure to sign up in advance.
When: Feb 13 at 11 am
Where: From your on home, online
If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to Toronto’s fried chicken sandwiches, look no further; here’s where you can treat yourself. Extra fresh and extra juicy are the qualities necessary to be chosen as one of the city’s BEST fried chicken sandwich joints.
When: Whenever you’re in the mood
Where: Across the city
Sometimes the same old pizza shops can get a bit boring, so it’s a good thing Toronto is loaded with a variety of local spots that definitely help out on pizza nights. There are a lot of hidden gems across the city, and without knowing, you might find your next go-to restaurant.
When: When you want!
Where: Across the city
The best of both worlds in one delicious bite! Biscotti Queen is opening the very first “Biscookie” bakery in Toronto this week. A biscotti and cookie mix is the newest creation coming to the city, opening on the day of all days, February 14. Though its physical doors may not open, its online shop will be ready to take orders if you’re interested in trying this treat.
When: February 14, pre-orders start February 1
Though amusement parks have been out of the picture for months now, you can still enjoy a rollercoaster right from home – virtually, that is. Canada’s Wonderland has a variety of rollercoaster POVs on their YouTube channel.
When: Whenever you’re looking for an adventure.
Where: On their YouTube channel.
If you’ve always wanted to dive into your artistic side, now is the perfect time to indulge. The AGO offers creative art lessons that you can watch right at home. Whether it’s painting, drawing, or beautiful creative pieces, their art lessons are in full swing, and you can watch all their videos online.
When: Whenever you have the chance!
Where: On their website.
As of February 1, it is officially Black History month. Since everything is now online, there are tons of virtual events in Toronto you can take part in. Take the time to educate yourself and register for free events available until March 1.
When: New events every day.
Where: Online, virtual seminars.
Love is in the air, and it smells delicious. Whether it’s elegant dining or wholesome meals to enjoy, several local restaurants are cooking up something straight from the heart to your home. Here’s your guide to Toronto restaurants offering sweet deals and special packages for the most romantic day of the year:
When: Most require pre-orders by February 11, double-check!
Where: Across Toronto.
In the last few months, Jollibee, the popular Filipino fast-food joint, has opened several locations across the GTA and plans to open a couple more this year. There are a total of eight locations in Toronto and the GTA.
When: When you’re craving those Peach Mango pies! (they’re that good)
Where: Several locations around the GTA and downtown Toronto.
You can NEVER go wrong with a deliciously mouthwatering, eye-grabbing, oh-so-cheesy smash burger, and lucky for you, Toronto has the best around. Whatever your take is on these heavenly burgers, there’s no doubt that an extra bit of caramelization and browning on the patty gives a more intense flavour. If done right, a smash burger is as juicy as a delicious burger can get. Stay in, and order it right to your door.
When: Whenever hunger calls
Where: Several locations across the city
Skating season is upon us. There are so many great outdoor spots to go for a skate in Toronto, but if you find public skating rinks too crowded, you might want to consider other spots for your outdoor activities this winter. Be sure to sign up in advance. Masks are mandatory.
When: Location hours vary depending on the rink.
Where: Across Toronto.