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The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your excitement has to end too. Keep that ball rolling, or in this case that rock gliding because the TCA and The City of Toronto are offering you the chance to try out curling. So, if you found yourself getting just a bit too involved in the televised event, why not go down to Nathan Phillips Square and throw a few rocks of your own? This free curling rink will be running all weekend from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m in honour of the curling Olympic finals. If an hour of curling doesn’t seem worth the trip downtown you can always hang around Nathan Phillips Square after for some ice skating. The skate shack has reasonable skate rentals as well as snacks and hot beverages for afterwards.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Friday to Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Toronto Zoo might not seem like the kind of place you’d want to be on a cold winters day but how could anyone want to miss Polar Bear Fest? This festival celebrates polar bears through a wide variety of fun activities. Included in the general admission are tons of things to do such as crafts and interactive exhibits that help raise awareness and support of polar bear conservation. Does that sound un-bear-able to you? Well for just $20 more you can experience one of the Toronto Zoo’s amazing polar bear seminars. You can pick from “Training & Hand-rearing Polar Bears” and “Transportation of a Polar Bear”. Both seminars are led by the Toronto Zoo polar bear keepers and each ticket enters you into a draw to win a private training session with a zookeeper and one of the polar bears! But you have to register soon because space is limited and interest is high.
What: Polar Bear Fest
Where: The Toronto Zoo
When: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $23.00 + $20.00 for seminars
I understand if trekking to the Toronto Zoo isn’t your style, that’s why I’ve included the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. Transport yourself into the Medieval Times with live knight tournaments, a huge ice throne and of course an 11th century-style castle. This annual event features ice carving competitions, an ice lounge with live DJ’s and over 70-thousand lbs. of ice sculptures. Plus, plenty of snacks like Tiny Tom Donuts, popcorn and my personal favourite, maple syrup taffy. It runs Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Yorkville Park area. So why not walk around the small event, check out the booths and of course the beautiful sculptures. There’s plenty to do for people of all ages, so bring yourself, the family or maybe even a special someone. It could be a great way to… break the ice.
Where: Cumberland Street & Bellair Street in the Village of Yorkville Park
When: Saturday noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.
Looking for a semi-classy place to have a nice drink and chow down on some inexpensive prime quality food? Then the Harbord House is the place to be. Having been there recently, I had no idea what I was getting into. By the end of the night, however, I can safely say that I left the establishment with a full stomach and a smile that stretched across my face.
The Harbord House features a vast array of craft beer from several different breweries. The Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde Lager is a nice refreshing beverage that comes from a Toronto based brewery. For those who want to try something a little different, there is also the Waupoos Cider which boasts a flavour, unlike anything I’ve had before. Keep in mind that this restaurant rotates their craft beer menu so you can try something new every time you come back.
Of course, it would not be a restaurant without food. Luckily the Harbord House has their guests covered. The menu features a variety of different meals to satisfy one’s pallet. If a guest is looking for something crunchy to start off their meal, then they can enjoy Crispy Buffalo Shrimp or Cauliflower with Cheese Ale Dip. If this does not suit your dietary requirements, then the restaurant also features a variety of unique salads. The Goat Cheese and Fig Salad will be sure to make your mouth water. Once you found that you have had a satisfying appetizer, then you can enjoy a wide selection of main course dishes like the Berkshire Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Mac’n Cheese (which I highly recommend). After a filling meal, finish the night off with a selection of sweet desserts.
Leaving the Harbord House you will find that you have had a fantastic meal that costs no more than $40. The restaurant is located on Harbord Street, which is just a 10-minute walk from Bathurst Station and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The Harbord House is a perfect date spot. The restaurant is open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and they are also able to take reservations.
Author: Nathan Shubert | @natonic16
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