Kiteboarding by MiK Watson
If you happen to have a weekend to spare in Toronto, but you don’t really feel like sitting on the couch and watching TV or knitting a new jumper for your beloved, maybe our tips for active free time could be of use to you. Check out some of the cool sports opportunities that our city has to offer!
Ever tried kiteboarding? Harness the wind and feel the rush on the water! Since the kites’ technology is rapidly improving, you may be able to stand on your board just after a few hours of training with an instructor and try out this exciting new sport. Toronto has no shortage of kiteboarding locations: you can try Cherry Beach or Ashbridges Bay in the very centre of Toronto or take a short drive to Frenchman’s Bay or many others.
Climbing by Alex Indigo
Both outdoor and indoor climbing have gained popularity over the past few years, and maybe it’s your time to join the wave! It’s great fun, and unless you feel experienced enough to take it to the rocks, you can always work on your technique in the safety of the indoor climbing halls. There is no need to buy gear; you can always easily rent it on the spot. Some of the indoor climbing locations include Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing, at 29 Fraser Avenue and The Rock Oasis Inc. at 388 Carlaw Ave. If you want to head to the real rocks, the Southern Escarpment, with several climbing routes of various difficulty levels, is only a 45 minute drive from the city centre.
Skaters by Benson Kua
For winter sports enthusiasts, Toronto offers a long list of indoor and outdoor skating rinks scattered all around the city both for leisure and figure skating, as well as for hockey. However, don’t forget to check the hours of operation in advance to spare you a pointless ride. When it comes to skiing and snowboarding opportunities, Toronto is unusually lucky to have two convenient locations within the city. Opened from mid-December, you can show off with your perfect skills and feel the speed either in Centennial Park or Earl Bales Park. Both facilities include ski & snowboard schools and ski rentals. If you long for true mountains, Blue Mountain is close at hand and may be worth sparing a longer drive.
If you don’t fancy either of the tips, you know you can always go for plenty of other activities; it doesn’t matter whether you prefer badminton, swimming, or playing basketball — Toronto has something for everyone. You might enjoy spending time in the numerous parks or getting to the lake to do some kayaking (maybe Harbourfront?). Get the endorphins flowing during your active weekend in the city!