CNN Traveller readers have shared their visions of what life is like in Toronto and helpfully pointed out when they’d “had enough.”
Your favorite Toronto post has appeared before. Enjoy it again. https://t.co/q4kMxjjIpv — TIFF Bell Lightbox (@TIFFBellLights) May 23, 2018
As weather in Ontario, Canada, becomes increasingly unreliable, the city has implemented a series of new rules to curb busy public spaces and the urge to burn calories.
Some rules, including temporary ban on tobogganing on King Street and driving sled dogs around the city, are still in place. Others, like a prohibition on skating on Scotiabank ice rinks — which include Scotiabank Winter Garden — have been eased.
Scotiabank public skating rinks won’t be skating anymore. pic.twitter.com/BhzmZ0W1hP — Tom Cardoso (@TheTomCardoso) May 21, 2018
Dino Messina, one of the city’s long-serving directors of parks and recreation, said he’s noticed that more people are moving outside to enjoy the city, as “winter activities are beginning to move towards normal.”
“Right now, the city is teeming with interest in outdoor activities,” Messina told CNN. “Cross country skiing, skating and snowboarding in our parks are continually popular, but many hockey enthusiasts continue to predict an even earlier opening of our outdoor arenas.”
Calgary ice rinks are also open after years of waiting, and new ones are being built.
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He noted that the city’s Griffintown neighborhood is quickly transitioning into the city’s big snow game this year, with the city plowing multiple sidewalks once the mercury hits -25C (-13F).
The most popular New Year’s resolution to stay active during the winter may actually be to settle in for a month of watching National Geographic’s “Living with Frost: A Playful History of Winter.”
Tokyo Mayor Yuriko Koike and other authorities in Japan are known for intentionally keeping public areas warm by dropping puddles of hot water. They’ve also recently turned an abandoned pile of city garbage into an artificial “ocean” for floating toys.