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Toronto's Public Parks Plan Is Turning The City Into A Winter Wonderland For The Holidays

Most of Toronto may be closed in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, but Toronto's public parks are being transformed into holiday hubs.

On Wednesday, November 25, the city announced its T.O. Winter parks plan, highlighting a whole bunch of activities and experiences that will be open all throughout the winter.

The city is going to operate and look after plenty of ice rinks, toboggan hills, and winter trails — although they insist that the activities should only be enjoyed by members of the same household. 

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54 Number of Toronto's outdoor ice rinks

The province also released a list of "safer" and "riskier" activities on Wednesday, and most of the "safer" activities include outdoor time. 

Torontonians can glide on one of the city's 54 skating rinks — as long as they socially distance, on and off the ice — or bomb down one of Toronto's 23 tobogganing hills.

Or they can try something a bit more left-field, like disc-golf or archery.

Residents can even build their own official holiday hotspots, as the city is currently accepting applications for "community-built and maintained" ice rinks in public parks to be added to their list.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says on the website that people should stay home, first and foremost, but "safely" getting fresh air and exercise is important, too.  

Information on the T.O. Winter parks plan can be found on the city's website, with specific hours, COVID-19 regulations, and other pieces of fine print.

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