Four Great Places for Outdoor Winter Activities in Etobicoke
Even the most active people tend to slow down in winter. Aside from freezing temperatures and piles of snow and ice (which is enough reason for most of us to stay inside) there are simply fewer options for interesting outdoor activities during the colder months.
Fortunately for Etobicoke residents the area has a number of appealing options to help you stay fit with some outdoor exercise in winter.
- Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail – One of the more recent additions to Etobicoke’s parks and recreation facilities, the outdoor Skating Trail is the only one of its kind in Toronto. While there are lots of outdoor and indoor skating rinks in Etobicoke, the Skating Trail is a refreshing change from the usual counterclockwise circles around a rink.The 250 metre trail is in a figure-eight configuration with an open area at one end for anyone just learning to skate. The trail is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and is well lit after dark. Also, rink guards make sure everyone has an enjoyable skate.
Address: 55 Colonel Sam Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke
- Village of Murals – Many Etobicoke residents don’t know that their community is home to one of the finest collections of outdoor art murals anywhere. The Village of Murals runs for 5 blocks on Dundas St., between Kipling and Islington.Over 20 murals along the route celebrate the area’s past from pioneering days to the mid-twentieth century.
While guided tours are available in the summer, you can still enjoy and learn more about the murals in winter by following a self-guided tour. Visit www.villageofislington.com to download your own self-guided tour brochure.
- Humber Arboretum – In addition to year round camps and educational programs for students from elementary school to university, the Humber Arboretum gives area residents a straight shot of nature in the middle of the city.Even in winter, you’ll be surprised by the amount of wildlife and many natural vistas you’ll see in a walk through the Arboretum’s 100 hectares. It’s open year-round during daylight hours.
Address: Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke
- Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre – No discussion of winter activities in Etobicoke would be complete without mentioning Centennial Park. Famous across Toronto and the GTA, the Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre has one of only two ski hills in Toronto, a snowboard slope, ski lifts and a dedicated toboggan hill.
Winter or summer, you need to pay attention to your body during and after physical exercise. Colder temperatures in winter can make it more difficult to notice the onset of pain when you are outside. If you feel any pain, discomfort or fatigue when exercising or after, you are welcome to call HealthMax Physiotherapy at 416-431-4000, Contact Us or visit our Etobicoke Clinic to talk to a doctor or therapist. Your initial consultation is free.