The Adams Park hill was opened in 1967 and it’s been a winter sport tradition in the
Centennial community for a long time. There are lights on the hill at night
As the cold and snowy weather of January sets in, it’s the perfect time to build memories. Get out there, get active, and have some fun enjoying winter with your family. Centennial is fortunate to have a diverse array of activities from cross-country skiing and bird watching to winter walks and festivals. There is even something for your dog.
Read on for tips to get the most out of your wintertime in 2024.
Adams Park Hill
Sledding is the perfect outdoor activity for kids of all ages, and walking up the hill over and over will give you enough exercise that you can skip the gym.
The Adams Park hill was opened in 1967 and it’s been a winter sport tradition in the Centennial community for a long time. There are lights on the hill at night.
Adams Park hill has been named one of the top 10 tobogganing destination in Toronto.
Location: Lawson Road, west of Port Union
Road. Park along Lawson Rd or Rozell
Port Union Winterfest
On Saturday, January 27, Port Union Winterfest will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at Port Union Community Centre from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be special 25th anniversary giveaways, free live entertainment,vendors, children’s activities and inflatables, and food and drinks at a nominal cost. This event is always a great opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours.
Port Union Community Centre
The centre has numerous adult and senior drop-in programs during the week from art and fitness to sports and general interest. There is something for everyone at the Port Union Community Centre. More
information by calling 416-396-4031. The website can be found by searching for Port Union Community Centre.
Location: 5450 Lawrence Avenue East
Plenty of things to do at our community centre
Bird Watching at Rouge Marsh
Bird watching is a nice winter activity. There may be fewer birds around in winter, but with no leaves on the trees or bushes they’re easier to see. Some bird species you’ll see at Rouge Marsh are Canada geese, swans, buffleheads, mallard ducks, northernshoveller ducks and seagulls. While many swans head south for the winter, the Swansons (a popular multigeneration swan family) have always chosen to stay here. Perhaps you’ll meet them.
For Rouge bird watching information, check out the Rouge Park website at parks.
Location: Entrance near the parking
Rouge National Park Trails
Wonderful spots for winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the park are Cedar Trail, Bear Wetland Loop and Mast Trail. Vista Trail has a lookout tower to experience amazing views of the valley.
For location information and winter hiking tips, check Rouge National Urban Park at parks.canada.ca/pn-np/on/rouge/visit.
For winter parking availability, click on Live parking information. Remember that the trails are not salted or cleared of ice and snow in the winter. Don’t forget your hot chocolate!
Explore Rouge Park this winter
TPASC free walking track
The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre has a free indoor walking track with three lanes for slow and faster walking and running so residents can be active when it’s cold outside.
Indoor track times are:
Monday and Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 11a.m., 3p.m. – 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. -11 a.m., 3.30 p.m.- 6:45 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.- 11 a.m., 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
The facility is shared between UTSC and the Scarborough community. Local residents can get a temporary pass to enter the track area or get a permanent card for regular visits. Parking under two hours is complimentary.
Location: Morningside Avenue and Pan Am Drive
Colonel Danforth off-leash dog park
Take your furry friend for some outside adventures and fresh air at the newly expanded Colonel Danforth Park Dogs Off-Leash Area.
It’s located at 240 Old Kingston Road, which is in the valley west of Military Trail, east of Manse Road. Find out all you need to know about Toronto’s off-leash parks at toronto.ca.