9 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: November 2 to 6

Nov 2 2020, 9:29 pm

November is here and its cold! There isn’t anything we can really do about that, but we can still make the most of it with things to do in Toronto, especially as the Christmas season approaches.

Despite snow making an appearance on the first day of the month in Toronto, it’s expected to get warmer for the next few days, which gives you enough time to venture off into the city, safely.

Here’s a list of a few things you can do to keep you busy this week!

Take an outdoor fitness class

As the province continues its shutdown of indoor gyms, fitness studios around Toronto are offering opportunities to enjoy outdoor workouts. While it may be brisk, it’s a great way to burn off some calories and get some fresh air.

Where: Several locations
When: Varies

Embrace the beauty of fall before its too late

Fall is well underway in Toronto, and that means that the leaves are starting to change colour. Luckily, the city is home to so many places where you can go and check out the magnificent fall foliage. So grab your camera and your pumpkin spice latte, and get out for a safe and distanced walk to check out these breathtaking autumn views. Be sure to have your face mask, and physically distance while out and about in the city.

Where: Several locations
When: Whenever you want

The Marquee at Cabana Waterfront Patio

A new dining experience is ready to conquer the cold. Cabana Waterfront Patio introduces The Marquee, their new outdoor heated patio. For the rest of the cold season, with the addition of heaters, Cabana Waterfront Patio will transform into the city’s largest outdoor heated patio.

Where: 11 Polson Street
When: Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm to 11 pm

Tune in to an all-Day Christmas radio station

It’s already November, which means holiday tunes are making a comeback for the Christmas season. And you’ll hear them play on Toronto’s radio stations too. The time has come where you can blast Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want For Christmas” and not feel at all wrong for doing so!

Where: Online or on your radio
When: Whenever you’re in the spirit!

One Of A Kind Online

Toronto’s beloved One Of A Kind Show is moving online this fall. Normally held for just a few days twice a year, this year’s show will run for close to two months until December 20. The spring iteration was cancelled due to COVID-19. With the show being held virtually, Canadians across the country will be able to take part. Featuring unique items and crafts from local makers, the One Of A Kind Show is an ideal way to support small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

Where: Online at oneofakindshow.com
When: October 22 to December 22
Tickets: Free

Mr. Brainwash Pop-Up

Known for their collaborations with big names like Madonna, KYGO, and the Pope, global contemporary artist Mr. Brainwash is returning to Toronto for a Canadian-exclusive pop-up to showcase his new collection, “We’re in this Together.” The collection will feature brand new and previously released works by the street artist. The new collection features a mix of mediums with paper, sculpture, and canvas works, and it combines pop-art with raw elements of street art, all with a focus on Marilyn Monroe.

When: Until December 31 from 11 am to 7 pm – closed on Mondays
Where: 87 Yorkville Avenue

Explore Toronto’s heated patios

With indoor dining out of the picture for a bit, Toronto restaurants are keeping their patios open with the help of heaters to keep everyone warm as the cold season approaches. As the province re-enacted certain Stage 2 restrictions, such as the closure of indoor dining, a few restaurants have had to get creative in order to keep business booming.

When: Restaurants vary
Where: 20 restaurants to uncover

Take a trip to Hamilton’s Dundas Peak

Hamilton’s Dundas Peak is cutting back on large crowds and has now implemented two-hour time slots for visitors to reserve. Due to the pandemic, and the lookout spot’s popularity, the Hamilton Conservation Authority will be continuing the use of reserved time slots until November 15 for Dundas Peak & Tew Falls and Webster Falls. This includes all visitors, as well as placeholders. Reservations must be made prior to arriving. Reservation times start at 9 am and last for two hours, 12 pm and 3 pm.

When: Until November 15
Where: Harvest Road, Dundas, Ontario


The city of Toronto is getting a big splash of colour as BigArtTO, a city-led initiative that showcases large-scale art pieces, has officially launched. This temporary public art showcase provides residents with the opportunity to explore the city and neighbourhoods while supporting local businesses and artists in the area. Each work is created by Toronto artists and will be projected outdoors onto local buildings and landmarks, playing on 10-minute loops Wednesday through Saturday evenings, until December 5.

When: October 7 to December 5 – 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Alex Duff Memorial Pool at Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Street and Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street.

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.

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