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Hi! I'm a mid-30s professional in Toronto for work. I have night free to go out and then am staying the weekend. I'm outdoorsy and...

...like going out also. I'm looking for suggestions for things to do at night and perhaps a weekend trip outside the city. any help much appreciated!

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City: Toronto

Province: Ontario

Country: Canada

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You'd have to be pretty outdoorsy to be going outdoors this week, when the feels-like temp is hovering around -15 to -20C. And the city sprawls quite a bit, so getting out into the great outdoors is a fair hike. There are a few good evening entertainment districts, depending on your tastes. The area round the intersection of Richmond and John is known as Clubland, with various clubs that get going mostly Thursday-Saturday. Queen Street west of Ossington, and Ossington Avenue in the first few blocks north of Queen Street, are full of good, alternative-ish places, like the Gladstone Hotel, the Drake Hotel, the Ossington and any number of bars and cafés. College Street west of Spadina is known as Little Italy and has a good number of cafés and bars, as well. Higher-end places can be found along King Street West between Spadina and Bathurst, and in Yorkville, on Cumberland and Yorkville Avenues between Avenue Road and Bay Street, just north of Bloor.

Those are the main places, with about a dozen more that cater to more particular geographical and socio-economic needs. But the abovementioned should hold you for the two weeks you're here.
If you want to spend time outside, skating at Harbourfront Centre is a fun thing to do . They have a live DJ spinning in the evening, and the rink is open until 10pm. Skate rentals are $7 I think.

If you want to get a great view of the city, try taking the ferry to Toronto Island. It's a little colder out there than downtown, but it's quiet and peaceful!
Bert has given you plenty of suggestions for local hangouts. Toronto has lots of different ethnic cuisine so explore Mongolian, Ethiopian, Somalian and other foods.

If you're really outdoorsy, check out skiing opportunities north of the city ... head for Blue Mountain, or Deerhurst or Collingwood. If you want to travel further, a trip to Ottawa is easy (ViaRail or Greyhound if you don't want to drive). Montreal is not much further - has great fares to Montreal.

At Nathan Philips Square there's skating - though I'm not sure if the rink is up and running.

Enjoy!
Check out for comprehensive info on what's on in Toronto on specific dates by event type/category, or or for more general info on restaurants, shopping, etc.

I'm not a shopper myself, but if you're a mall crawler that's something warm to do on a -20 C night. Either Eaton Center or the underground labyrinth that connects all the office towers downtown is nice - Yorkdale or Fairview or Scarborough Town Center if you're out in the burbs, or Yorkville for more upscale shopping; St. Lawrence Market on Saturdays is bustling if you want food and other shopping in an old style market/bazaar atmosphere.

Not sure what the hours are, but there's the Art Gallery of Ontario () or the Royal Ontario Museum () or the Gardiner Ceramic museum or Bata Shoe Museum. Also the Distillery District has nice private galleries and cafes, shopping, etc. Don't forget Queen Street West for more shopping, dining, and galleries. The further east you go from University towards Dufferin, the funkier it gets.

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