5 Winter Date Ideas in Toronto

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and even though the snow seems to be on it’s own schedule, you shouldn’t hold back from planning yours. Here are some ideas to help you embrace winter and have fun in the city.

1) Chocolate Café

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Hit up Toronto’s chocolate café, Cacao 70. New to Toronto, this Montreal chain is based in the Distillery District, and offers all kinds of delicious chocolate desserts. Some crowd favourites from their menu: dessert pizzas, chocolate fondues and of course, the hot cocoa they’re famous for. They’re open Sundays to Thursdays until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, making it the perfect stop for a late night treat! And don’t forget to explore the Distillery District while you’re there—it’s just right for a romantic winter walk.

2) Ice-skating

A classic winter date—what better way is there to spend a cold snowy night? Toronto has many spots to skate, from local neighbourhood rinks to Nathan Philips Square, for those who want the full “winter in the city” experience. Located just around the corner from City Hall, the entrance is free, with a small fee for skate rentals. But if you’re looking for more of a party, check out the Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink, which hosts DJ skate nights on Saturdays.

3) Escape from Casa Loma

For a night away from the cold, what better way to distract yourself than with Casa Loma’s escape games? One of the latest trends to hit Toronto, the games are a great way to spend a winter night and prove your detective skills. The venue has two escape games for your team to conquer, King of the Bootleggers and Escape from the Tower, with a third game, Station M, beginning at the end of March. The tickets sell out fast so make sure to buy them in advance if you want to play!

4) Snowshoeing

For a more adventurous winter date, plan a day of snowshoeing. And no, you won’t have to go far! There are many locations around the city and in the GTA, with trails ranging from beginner to intermediate. New snowshoers should try out the King’s Mill Park Trail, a 1-mile route that can be accessed from Old Mill Station. A truly Canadian date; you’ll be able to both explore the beautiful landscape and stay active—it’s a win-win.

5) Board Game Café

For the days when all you want to do is stay indoors with a hot drink, a board game café is the perfect date to hide away from the cold. While Snakes and Lattes is a Toronto favourite, with the opening of Time Capsule café on the Danforth the opportunity is even closer to home. Stop by for a game or two to spike your competitive drive, and indulge in some food and drinks while you’re there!

Original Photo courtesy of Alexey Topolyanskiy via

Laura Granger is the Spotlight Editor for On The Danforth, Spring edition. When she’s not curled up reading a good book or magazine, she can be found binge-watching Netflix and eating her way around Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @lauragrangerr.

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