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Sports & Play

The top 5 things to do on the Toronto Islands in winter

Posted by Derek Flack / November 22, 2014

toronto islands winterWinter on the Toronto Islands is a whole lot quieter than the summer months, when city dwellers looking for a temporary escape make the short trek across the harbour in droves. While the number of ferries servicing the Islands dwindle in mid-October, the trip to Ward's Island is still made consistently throughout the day. Once you arrive, you'll find that attractions like the Centreville Amusement Park have closed for the season, but if you're adventurous enough and do some advance planning, there's actually still lots to do when the crowds have left for the season.

Here are the top five things to on the Toronto Islands in the winter.

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Sports & Play

The top 10 winter weekend escapes from Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 21, 2014

weekend escape winter torontoWinter weekend escapes from Toronto can provide the brief respite required to endure the long, hard season. Not all of us have the time or money to head to the tropics each winter, which is why it's so useful that Ontario is dotted with year round resorts and cottages/cabins that allow weary city folk take a load off for a few days. Most of the places on this list are designed to take advantage of winter activities like skiing, but I've also included a few that are purely about getting cosy by a fireplace and hiding from the weather.

Here are my top 10 winter weekend escapes from Toronto.

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Arts

Intricate lasercut map of Toronto shows off streetscape

Posted by Derek Flack / November 21, 2014

wood map torontoToronto has lots of quirky and even beautiful maps that chart its streetscape, but every once in a while one comes around that's a cut above the rest. While there are already quite nice woodcut maps devoted to Toronto, this offering from Ali Harrison is pretty much the crown jewel of local cartography on Etsy.

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Sports & Play

The top 10 things to do outdoors this winter in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 20, 2014

outdoor winter torontoOutdoor activities this winter in Toronto will help you fight the urge to hibernate as the mercury dips and the city is blanketed with snow. While it's easy to curl up by the fireplace (or space heater, as the case may be), staying active over the coldest months is a great way to burn calories and ward off the winter blues. In other words, the best way to survive winter is by embracing it.

Here are 10 fun things to outdoors this winter in Toronto.

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Good luck getting home

Posted by Derek Flack / November 20, 2014

City

More details emerge about Broadview Hotel renovation

Posted by Derek Flack / November 19, 2014

Broadview HotelStreetcar Developments is pushing forward with its plans to convert the aging Broadview Hotel, once home to the notorious Jilly's strip club, into a boutique inn and restaurant in the same vein as the Gladstone and the Drake.

The developer will meet the city's Committee of Adjustment today for approval on numerous changes it has planned for the building, which it acquired back in May. We've already covered some of the structural work in the plans, but a bit more information regarding the hotel itself has been leaked to the Star.

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