5 Best free winter activities outside Mississauga


Published January 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm

So, now that the holidays are over, you might be feeling like your wallet/purse is a lot lighter these days.

If you’re still interested in getting out and enjoying the crisp, winter weather, but you don’t want to spend much money, you’re in luck.

These are the best free winter activities outside Mississauga.

5: Allan I Carswell Observatory

If you’re a fan of astronomy, or astrology, or just enjoy looking up at the night sky, you need to head over to the Allan I Carswell Observatory, located on York University’s campus in North York.

During public viewings, attendees can enjoy a gazing at different celestial objects, as well as engaging in various on-hand presentations on clear nights. On cloudy nights, attendees can enjoy a slide show featuring both telescopes.

Photo courtesy of @yorkobservatory ‘s Instagram

4: DesignTO

This eye-catching festival, formerly known as the formally the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, back this year from January 17 to 26 and features 100 stunning art exhibits, most of which are free to view, spread out across the downtown core of Toronto.

Photo courtesy of DesignTO’s Instagram

3: Riverdale Park East

The massive, 18-hectare park, near Danforth Avenue and Broadview Avenue offers plenty of free activities including an outdoor skating rink with hockey pad, and a giant hill great for tobogganing which also offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline.

Photo courtesy of the Nadia.k.a ‘s Instagram

2: Natrel Rink

If you love skating, you’ll want to check out Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre on the shores of Lake Ontario.

The outdoor rink offers an intimate atmosphere replete with lights—on Saturdays from December to February the rink even includes live music from some of Toronto’s hottest DJ’s.

The rink is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Photo courtesy of the Harbourfront Centre’s website

1: Toronto Light Festival

This festival takes attendees on a journey of lights through the streets of Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

The festival is free to attend, and occurs during the evenings from January 17 to March 1 this year. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. 

Photo and cover photo courtesy of Toronto Festival of Light’s website