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9 Things To Do At Toronto’s Waterfront This Winter 2023

9 Things To Do At Toronto’s Waterfront This Winter 2023

We broke down the 9 things you must do this winter at the waterfront in 2023. From the best activities to the most delicious food, here is the ultimate guide to your winter on the waterfront in 2023:

    • 2023 Winter Events at Waterfront
    • 2023 Winter Activities at the Waterfront
    • 2023 Winter Eats at the Waterfront

4 Events You Need To Go To This Winter In 2023

The winter season may seem long, but it goes by fast, especially with these great events at the waterfront

‘Territories 2.0’ by Olivier Roberge, photo by Stéphane Bourgeois. Courtesy of DesignTO

DesignTO – Territories 2.0

January 20 – April 2, 2023 | 1 Lower Jarvis Street, Toronto

On January 20, the waterfront will feature an outdoor art installation by Olivier Roberge until April 2. Enter a luminous pavilion showcasing the impact of climate change and human intervention on miniature landscapes.

Kuumba Festival

February 1 – February 28, 2023 | 235 Queens Quay W 

Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration begins on February 1. For the next 28 days celebrate and support Black culture with featured art, dance, music, and literary events. To see the list of events during the Kuumba festival please click the learn more button. 

Sugar Shack

March 11 - 12, 2023 | 11 Dockside Drive at Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay

The shack is back, and it doesn’t get any sweeter than this. Mid-March, Sugar Beach will transform into the iconic maple-centric extravaganza. The two-day event will feature live entertainment, maple sugaring demonstrations, delicious maple treats and more.

5 Activities To Do At Toronto's Waterfront This Winter - 2023

The Toronto waterfront is a destination playground with one of the longest urban lakefronts in the world. The waterfront is an art and cultural hub, offering its residents and visitors a ton of activities to do throughout the year.

Here are the top 5 activities to do at the waterfront this winter in 2023:

Sherbourne Common Photo: Nicola Betts 2011

Skating

November - March 19, 2023 | 61 Dockside Drive 

Lace-up your skates and get moving outdoors at the Sherbourne Common Skate Rink. Enjoy waterfront views while on the ice with this family-friendly activity.

The Power Plant

February 3 - May 14, 2023 | 231 Queens Quay W

On February 3, the Power Plant is welcoming 3 new art exhibits by emerging artists who are shaping cultural conversations in Canada and abroad. The Power Plant is a non-profit organization offering Canadians the chance to experience art for free.

Disney Immersive Experience

December 21 - March 21, 2023 | 1 Yonge Street

Step inside your favourite Disney movie and surround yourself with magic at the Disney Animation Immersive Experience.

Second City

Ongoing | 1 York Street

In November 2022, The Second City opened its new home at One York in Toronto. With 9 theatres, training studios, great food, and world-class comedy, The Second City is an easy go-to for something to do at the waterfront.

Winter Waterfront Walks

December - March 20, 2023  | 

Take a nice walk on the waterfront (recommended on those warm, sunny, and wintry days).

Visit some of the most iconic parks, public art, and places. From Ireland Park (5 Eireann Quay) to Sugar Beach Park (11 Dockside Drive), you can watch the airplanes land and take off from the Billy Bishop airport or catch the ‘Sugar Ship’ at the Redpath Sugar plant.

5 Best Places To Eat On The Waterfront In Winter 2023

Against the Grain

25 Dockside Drive | 

Have a dining experience like no other by feasting in a stunning and cozy igloo bubble. With great food and great company, you will have an unforgettable culinary encounter this season. 

Joe Bird

207 Queens Quay W | 

Joe Bird is known for its delicious chicken, iconic location, and stunning space.

Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine

207 Queens Quay W | 

Have a panoramic view of Toronto’s waterfront while dining in an award-winning Chinese cuisine restaurant.

Don Alfonso

1 Harbour Square 38th Floor | 

Visit one of Toronto’s most internationally acclaimed Michelin Star restaurants. With stunning views of the waterfront and fresh flavours of the Amalfi coast – you can’t go wrong with this dining choice. 

Maverick Burgers Co

15 Merchant's Warf | 

Have a unique dining experience at a 100% plant-based burger joint. It’s an authentic food experience that you do not want to miss.

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