Keep Yourself Occupied on Rainy Toronto Days
Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown category as of November 23, 2020. As a result, some of the experiences mentioned below are temporarily unavailable. Continue to enjoy the city safely with virtual, at-home and drive-in activities for now. Learn more about our current stage of lockdown.
Snow, rain or sleet—there’s always something new, inventive or unique to try in Toronto, no matter the circumstances. You may be tempted to stay under the covers and binge-watch your favorite shows, but think of this as an opportunity to safely explore some nooks and crannies you might otherwise miss. Or to try different experiences from the comfort of your home, away from your weighted blanket.
Enjoy Toronto from Home
Ok, so maybe the weather is so dreadful you wouldn’t dare step outside your door. In that case, invite Toronto’s attractions, artists and entertainment into your home with a myriad of virtual and interactive experiences. If you’re a festival-goer or concert lover who soaks up live performances, then check out the city’s current roster of virtual entertainment. Looking for fun activities that the kids will equally love? Opt for these family-friendly experiences courtesy of Toronto’s attractions.
Have Fun in Your Car
Before heading out for this one, make sure that driving conditions are safe. Good to roll? Then Toronto’s drive-in activities are yours for the picking. Forget all about the gloomy weather by driving through an illuminated winter wonderland or pulling up to watch a cult favorite. At the moment there are drive-in events throughout the city from films to art exhibits to light festivals. Enjoy! And drive carefully.
Turn Your Dining Room into a Supperclub
Or the hottest brunch spot in your neighborhood. It’s an optimal time to try new at-home culinary adventures with roommates, family or pets. And although we collectively miss gathering at our favorite haunts over caesars and hash browns, there are still ways to recreate the experience in your own space.
Firstly, you’ll need the right food. Bad weather means more time staying in and perfecting your favorite dish. As luck would have it, Toronto chefs from the city’s hottest restaurants share some of their recipes online. However, if cooking isn’t your forte and has your roommates hiding under the covers, order in instead!
Secondly, you’ll need the right ambiance. Set the mood and put on a good playlist to level up the energy.
Finally, you’ll need the right drinks. Whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic—sorry kiddos—mix up the perfect mimosa, mojito or old fashioned, with help from Cocktail Emporium. They have drink recipes for any occasion, season and taste.
Put it all together and pretend you snagged a VIP spot at the most Instagrammable snack bar on Queen West.
Visit a Temporary Exhibit
If you haven’t experienced the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit yet, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. A rainy or snowy day is the perfect time to get lost in the eccentric inner workings of Van Gogh. The exhibit runs until January 3, 2021, so you still have time to do so via drive-through or walk-through options.
In the same building, you’ll also find Toronto’s newest exhibit, Illusionarium. With live magicians, 3-D projections and life-sized holograms, this interactive magic show mesmerizes and makes you forget the outside world even exists. With social distancing circles guiding the experience, safety is a top priority.
Play Some Games
Indulge your inner child and play, provided you wear your mask at all times. Head to Batl Axe for a safe, out-of-home activity that keeps you sheltered from the natural elements. Book ahead of time and sharpen your axe throwing skills (pun intended) in a large indoor space with plenty of room to keep a distance from others. Considering you’re wielding an axe, space is definitely recommended.
If axe throwing isn’t enough excitement on a gloomy day, you can do all that and more at Escape Manor Toronto. In addition to axe throwing, Escape Manor offers a number of challenging yet quirky experiences like escaping from death row, a faulty elevator, wine cellar and more. The venue only accepts a maximum of 8 people with advance reservations only.
What about combining physical activity with play? Basecamp’s rock climbing venue offers 100 different climbing routes. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber, play around by challenging your arm strength and fear of heights, within a huge, colorful space. Basecamp is operating at a reduced capacity, with no more than 10 people at a time.
Take in a Museum
Don’t miss this season’s must-see exhibits. Or perhaps you’d rather casually browse permanent galleries, or maybe wander artsy gift shops instead. Whatever your pleasure, spending a rainy or snowy day sheltered in a beautifully artistic space sounds like heaven to us.
Current exhibits worth checking out include Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the Royal Ontario Museum, Haegue Yang: Emergence at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Remastered at the Aga Khan Museum, The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment at Bata Shoe Museum, and Spaghetti Blockchain at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
It’s safe to say that we’ve all been through our fair share of stress this past year. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel light as a cloud and float away from it all—even if just for an hour? Enter sensory deprivation tanks. A sensory deprivation tank, aka float therapy, is an enclosed tank filled with salt water so salty you’ll float. Just like you would in the Dead Sea. The experience calms and soothes by depriving you of all senses—no light, sound, taste, or smell. With the water regulated at the same temperature as your body, it literally feels like you’re floating in air—so no touch either. Just incredible relaxation.
There are plenty of float therapy studios throughout the city that are presently open. Due to the current climate, they’ve implemented strict safety precautions and spots are limited, so make sure to book in advance. Studios to consider are Float Toronto, H2O Float Studio and Tranquility Floating among others.
Try an Covered Outdoor Patio
Most Toronto restaurants now have heated patios that are also sheltered. Unless faced with the snowstorm of the century, most of these covered spots should sufficiently keep you dry from rain and snow. Some of the locations are even equipped with yurts and bubble domes. Find the restaurants near you that have both covered and heated patios.