Don’t let winter scare you away from outdoor fitness and recreation in the city
BY ANISSA STAMBOULI
Staying active in the winter, whether for fitness or recreational purposes, can be hard to manage in the city. Between the slush and salt, the streets of Toronto aren’t exactly enticing for those seeking an outdoor adventure.
Ro Leitner, a student in Brock University’s Recreation and Leisure Studies program with a focus on the outdoors, shared her tips with On the Danforth readers.
What are your favourite outdoor winter activities?
If time allows, snowshoeing and snowboarding; however, winter hikes/walks, runs and indoor spin classes are my go-to.
For Torontonians hoping to stay fit outdoors, what places an activities do you recommend?
Walk [in] High Park, cross-country ski, snowshoeing and [utilizing] stairs in public areas for a killer legs and cardio workout.
If you’re short on time and want to plan a running route in your neighborhood, click here to help you customize an urban trail. You can choose a starting and ending point, and the website will let you know how many kilometers you’ve tracked.
For those braving the winter chill, what exercise clothing is best?
OTD TIP: Try these affordable grips for running in icy conditions.
Even the most hardcore city slickers need a break from the urban vibe now and then. What’s the best day-trip destination for Torontonians?
Personally I stick to the Bruce Trail and prefer to go up north for real adventures. Provincial parks have great areas for families, groups and dogs.
OTD TIP: These places are perfect for a day with family, friends or on your own, and they are all within an hour drive of the city.
Enjoy cross-country skiing on groomed trails, snowshoeing, tobogganing or ice skating in forested Caledon. See website for hours of operation, equipment and park entry costs.
Great for groups and families, Dagmar offers downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding options.
This area is un-groomed with a shorter trail, and does not offer rental equipment, making it perfect for those craving a more natural and organic atmosphere.
Looking for walking trails within a half hour from downtown? Check out Rouge Park, a winter wonderland just northeast of Scarborough.
All photos provided by Ro Leitner