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Contrary to popular opinion, winter is a fantastic time to go for a walk. The world feels quieter when it's covered in snow, and everybody else is hiding out in their homes like wimps. If you're into walking as a way to clear your head, or help yourself think, winter is when you want to do it. Give some of these spots a try next time you need to stretch your legs a bit.
High Park is gorgeous, and it gets really quiet in the winter. It's a great place to breathe in the crisp air, and get your thoughts in order.
The Discover Walks are all over town, and they provide an amazing little burst of nature in the city. The great thing about them is that they go on for miles, so you can literally walk until you're tired of it.
If you wanna get down with nature on your walk, Crothers Woods is a great place to do it. There's lots of lovely animals to spot, and not that many people.
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Rouge Park is a supremely underrated park on the edge of the city. It's massive and gorgeous, and because no one knows about it, you can walk around uninterrupted for as long as you like.
One of Riverdale Park's biggest advantages is the fact that it provides one of the best views of the Toronto skyline around. If you're looking to reflect on the majesty of the city, this is a great place to do it.
Graffiti Alley is awesome, and it doesn't get too much traffic in the winter. It's a great place to walk around on your lonely without having to leave the downtown, because it's just one block off Queen West.
This is another great area to go for a quiet walk along without having to leave the city. Cabbagetown has been attracting architecture nerds, and people who just like looking at pretty houses for years. It makes a fantastic walking space.
The Scarborough Bluffs are the definition of "epic." Walking along them, it's easy to forget you're a short drive away from the downtown of a major city.
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This area has only recently been renovated for pedestrian access, so it's still not big on the Toronto nature map. This means it's still got that untouched feel. You won't find many candy bar wrappers and coke cans to distract you from your pondering.
If you're into feeling like you've completely been swallowed up by nature, this is the perfect place for your walk. The foliage is plentiful, and apart from the occasional jogger, you're going to be mostly by yourself.
If you wait until peak work hours (like, 8:30 to 10:30), Kensington Market is a fantastic place to walk around. The stores are all very cute, and you can always dip into a coffee place if you need a boost.
Toronto Music Garden
The Music Garden works really well as a meditative space, especially for someone who likes it when their nature collides with music. The garden's design was inspired by Bach's Suites For Unaccompanied Cello, so you can think about that while you walk around and appreciate it.
Ward Island gets real quiet in the winter, making it an ideal place to go to when you want to be alone and walk around. It's also about as off the city as you can get without actually leaving the city, which is pretty great.
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You can literally walk around until you get sick of it at Edwards Gardens. It's a collection of different gardens all connected to one another, so the scenery won't get repetitive.