416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Thanksgiving Edition)

Toronto FallSo here we are, in October. It’s that time of the year again when the air gets a little colder, the leaves start to fall, and we find ourselves or the people we care about buying pumpkin-flavoured everything….most of it good, some should never be attempted again – I’m looking at you Starbucks Fall Blend. This weekend is the last long weekend until Christmas, can you believe it?! Whether you’re planning to spend it with family, friends or just hanging out by yourself, there is tons to do in Toronto to keep you busy (good busy) for the next few days. Here are my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving in Casa Loma – Thanksgiving usually means a home-cooked meal, but not everyone is interested in spending half the day in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s much more enjoyable when someone else does it for you and luckily Casa Loma is that someone. This fall, Casa Loma offers guests a chance to indulge in a sumptuous Thanksgiving Day Brunch. With plenty of options for the whole family to be thankful for, the buffet-style brunch is served in the castle’s stately dining room and includes breakfast, pastry and dessert stations. The event includes five separate seating times of 1.5 hours each, for a leisurely dining experience.

Alex Colville Low-TideAlex Colville Exhibit at AGO – Do you have family or friends visiting this Thanksgiving? I bet that by day two you’ll be running out of conversation topics. That’s the perfect time to go out for some art appreciation (in silence?). Until January 4th, The Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates Canadian artist Alex Colville with an exhibition of his works. Colville is a Toronto-native made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003. His paintings often explored feelings of confusion and uncertainty. The exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and features works from museums and private collections, including some which have never been shown publicly. The exhibition spans Colville’s entire career, including paintings such as Horse and Train, 1953; To Prince Edward Island, 1965; Woman in Bathtub, 1973; and Target Pistol and Man, 1980.

Toronto Flower Market – This is the last Saturday of the year for this floral-focused open air market so why not take advantage and pick up some fresh blooms. It’s an easy way to add a bit of Thanksgiving cheer to your dinner table. The Toronto Flower Market takes place at 1056 Queen Street West and it’s an outdoor flower and plant market filled with a great selection of all thing floral. The flowers are provided by Ontario-based growers, and offer some of the best selections the province has to offer. If you haven’t discovered it yet, now’s your chance. Check out this post for more info.

high-parkTake a Hike in the Park – Toronto is a beautiful place to be in the Fall. No better way to walk off that triple helping of turkey dinner like taking a walk through one of the many Toronto parks. We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so you might be able to catch the last of the deep red and yellow leaves before they blow away or turn into winter mush. No matter where you live in Toronto or the GTA, you’re just minutes away from a park where you can soak up autumn’s splendour. There are many amazing hiking trails in Toronto that feel like you’re a million miles from the city’s concrete canyons. With good weather in the cards, you could take in the fall colours, explore a ravine, check out an underrated park, or hit up Toronto’s numerous bike trails. The list is as long as it is enjoyable. Check out my favourites here.

Chocolate Festival – For the ninth time Toronto Chocolate Festival is taking over the city. It’s time to celebrate your sweet tooth once again. Featuring chocolate in all its delicious forms, this festival highlights chocolate tastings, chocolate making exhibitions, and chocolate eating contests for chocolate lovers of all ages. This weekend a special high tea is being offered at The King Edward hotel featuring many types of, what else? Chocolate! Since Thanksgiving is all about the food you might as well take advantage of it and cover all the food groups.


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