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The top 5 things to do by the lake in Toronto this winter

The top things to do by the lake this winter in Toronto will have you heading to the beach in sub-zero temperatures. While tanning and swimsuit-clad volleyball are pretty much out of the question, the waterfront still has a lot to offer during the coldest months of the year, with everything from DJ Skate Nights to art installations.

Here's a round-up of things to do by the lake in Toronto this winter.

Winter Stations
If you spent October 1st fawning over outdoor exhibitions at Nuit Blanche, Winter Stations will be right up your alley. The competition will turn up to 13 life guard stations in the Beaches into works of art from February 13 until March 20. If you want a taste of what's to come, check out the installations from last year in our gallery.

DJ Skate Nights
While the city has no shortage of ice rinks, not all are party-ready. On December 19th the Harbourfront Centre will bring back its DJ Skate Night series, inviting everyone to sharpen their skating skills while a roster of local and international DJs do their thing. The lineup this winter includes Jester & Kid Kut, John Kong, DJ medicineman and more.

Winter Surfing
Though riding waves seems like something only Californians do in the wintertime, Toronto has its fair share of cold water surfing enthusiasts. Why? Because winter storms offer some of the best conditions for the sport. While you'll have to suit up in a neoprene wetsuit to enjoy yourself, you can expect some pretty gnarly waves when the weather starts acting up.

Cross Country Skiing
The days of beach bashes at Hanlan's Point are long gone, but that doesn't mean you should forgo a trip to the islands this season. Strap on a pair of cross country skis and enjoy a trek on one of the many trails - you'll get in a bit of a workout and the view is absolutely stellar.

Driving Range
If you want to work on your swing in the winter, head to the driving range at The Docks. It's open year-round and offers 75 hitting stations where you can work on improving your skills with a driver. The facility also has an 18-hole mini golf course for those who are more into putting.

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Photo by Natta Summerky.


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