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How to Survive the Last of Toronto's Winter


By Jessica Padykula
Toronto Expert, about.com
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Despite the fact that spring is allegedly around the corner, there’s no doubt that winter is still here and likely sticking around for several more weeks. So before you start losing layers and putting your parka away, know that the temperatures still might dip lower than you want them to. If, like me, you’re feeling like you can do with a break from snow, slush and ice, it’s time for a last-of-winter survival guide. Here are some easy ways to make it through to spring (relatively) unscathed.


Shop for spring clothes
OK, so you might not get to wear them yet but shopping (or even just window shopping) for new spring gear can help you look ahead to warmer temperatures. Because let’s face it; we’ve been under thick layers for months so it’s OK to be craving something different. Even if you don’t need anything new, hit up your favourite stores and try on a few new, colourful spring items for a taste of what’s to come and to get yourself in a spring-ready mood.


Visit Canada Blooms
Another thing you won’t be doing for a while is gardening but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about getting your hands dirty. Canada Blooms runs in Toronto from March 13 to 22 at the Direct Energy Centre and it’s the largest floral and garden festival in the country. The goal of the festival is to showcase the best in horticulture in Canada and features an array of beautifully landscaped displays that will most definitely help get you in a more spring-like state of mind.


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You can also get your plant and flower fix with a visit to Allan Gardens, which is home to six greenhouses with an area of over 16,000 square feet. You can pretend you’re in a tropical forest as you wander amongst the permanent collection of plants from around the world. Palms, orchids, banana trees, jasmine and other pretty blooms will go a long way towards getting you out of an end-of-season slump. Admission is free and hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Cozy up with a hot chocolate
On days where the cold weather just won’t let up and nothing seems to take your mind off the fear that spring may never come, indulge in a hot chocolate. Toronto is filled with great spots to get a dose of warm, chocolaty goodness, including many of the places on this list. Other places to check out include MoRoCo in Yorkville, Clafouti along Queen West and Douce France at Yonge and Eglington, which serves hot chocolate that’s shipped direct from Paris.


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Tone your whole body and feel like you’re on a beach in Costa Rica with a class at Toronto’s Surfset, a place where you can work out on a surfboard, minus the waves and potential for sunburn. Exercises are performed on a board that mimics the sensation of being on the water, which is known to improve core strength, coordination and stabilization, and build lean muscle mass. Plus, you get to imagine yourself somewhere balmy while burning calories.


Get pampered
There’s something about the winter that seems to drain us, and by this stage in the game we’re sick of dry skin, minimal sunshine and multiple layers. Get a boost to get you through the last few weeks of winter with a spa treatment. Opt for a body scrub to exfoliate your skin from head to toe or a facial to give your winter complexion its glow back. Choose from one of the city’s best spas for a much-needed perk-up.

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