Published on December 21st, 2017 | by Miriam Porter
Ten Fun Things to Do Solo Over the Holidays.
If you are solo over the holidays there are enough enjoyable activities in Ontario to keep you busy every single day. Whether you take a short road trip outside the city to rejuvenate at a spa; try your luck at a casino; take in a show or movie; shop for bargains; or try a new sport, there is something for everyone.
Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre.
If learning something new is on your New Year’s resolution list why not give scuba diving a try right in the city? At Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre they use two large swimming pools for training including a 17 feet deep Olympian pool in Etobicoke. They offer private and semi-private scuba lessons so you can prepare to dive in the ocean on your next vacation. They have been serving Southern Ontario for over 30 years and even offer tropical dive trips so you can travel as a group.
Boulderz Climbing Centre.
There are two locations to climb at Boulderz Climbing Centre, in the Junction and in Etobicoke. Solo climbers are welcome to participate and there are options for all levels.
If you are new to climbing they offer both roped climbing and bouldering at various levels with several packages available including a private lesson. Not only can you stay in shape this holiday season but have fun at the same time.
Toronto Eaton Centre.
Shop till you drop at Toronto’s exciting Eaton Centre. After Boxing Day is the perfect time of year to scoop up some really good sales with so many items discounted. Make a day of it and check out the stunning Christmas tree in the middle of the mall followed by a healthy lunch in the food court at Urban Herbivore that features rice and quinoa bowls and hearty salads. After all, it’s important to fuel up so you can keep shopping. (The mall is open during the holidays except Christmas Day).
Nightingales Therapeutic Spa.
Whether you go on a weekend road trip escape to Prince Edward County or stay for the day, a visit to Nightingales Therapeutic Spa is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Located in Bloomfield you can warm up with a delicious organic tea before your treatment. Choose to sip on chocolate rose, citrus, triple mint, detoxifying seaweed, jasmine ginger green, or tummy tonic herbal. Owner and founder Arlene Wilkinson takes a holistic focus to spa treatments that are guided by the connection and influence of traditional Chinese medicine.
While it’s always nice to walk along the shores of Harbourfront Centre in the summer sun, there is still lots to do in the winter. Aside from their famous and popular outdoor rink you can tour the Power Plant, check out visual arts exhibitions, browse crafts and design studios, listen to music, and attend several performances, many of which are free. Check their website for shows and events throughout the holiday.
Casino Rama Resort.
If you want to play indoors and escape the chilly weather, Casino Rama is known as a premier entertainment hot spot right in Ontario. There are several overnight packages available at Casino Rama such as the entertainment package, spa package, and ski package. There are over 2,500 slot machines, 110 gaming tables, eight restaurants, full service hotel with health club, and a huge entertainment center. They are located on Rama First Nation, about a two-hour drive from Toronto. The Chippewas of Rama First Nation is known as a place to gather.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars fans can stay in town or drive to their preferred Cineplex® theatre to catch their favourite cast members in all their glory. Reunite with Luck Skywalker and meet the new characters that make this movie so unique. Whether you choose Ultra AVX, IMAX, 3D, D-Box, or a VIP experience, one thing is for sure, going to the movie solo ensures you don’t have to share your popcorn with anyone.
For winter outdoor lovers that want a break from skiing or skating, snowmobiling is a thrilling winter sport that can be done solo. You don’t need your own equipment and can start slowly with an hour rental. It all starts with a road trip to Ride On Rentals in Blue Mountain. You can explore some of the most stunning trails in Ontario and rental price includes snowmobile, helmet, trail guide, trail pass, and insurance.
Lumina Borealis is open at dusk on select evenings from now until February 19, 2018. It’s a magical walking tour with interactive components and you need to purchase tickets in advance. The event is known as a spiritual beauty secret of winter and takes you into another world among a glistening frozen landscape. The magic happens in Kingston at Fort Henry – an ancient antique fort, museum, and historic site dating back to the 1800’s.
Do Something Kind.
The holiday season is also a time of giving. Consider buying a hot meal for someone that has fallen on hard times and living on the street. Or bring them a blanket and take the time to wish them a happy holiday and say hello. If you want to get involved in an organized event, Ve’ahavta is a non-profit registered charity that helps people from all cultures and backgrounds that are marginalized by poverty. They have a meal box program that provides healthy meals to people on the streets of Toronto that are unlikely to access food banks and will greatly benefit from a warm nourishing meal during a cold winter. Ve’ahavta has volunteer opportunities where you can ride in their mobile outreach van and give out food and supplies to people that are chronically homeless.
Happy Holidays – however you choose to spend them.
© 2017 CAA South Central Ontario
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