Toronto and surrounding
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 12:28 PM Last Post By: YukonNuggets
Nov 16, 2012 4:01 AM
Toronto and surroundingHello,
Im planning a visit to Toronto for late December and early January. For a good chunk of the trip i would be with family and friends i want to leave the city and venture out for a few days to see the beautiful nature. Where would you recommend? Somewhere that won't be harmful to a 20 year olds students pocket.
Also, being from London, i don't know what exactly to wear to keep me warm?
Nov 16, 2012 1:58 PM
1Your question is a bit vague. What kind of nature do you want to see? Will you have/rent a car? You won't be able to access much without a car. December/January is a tough time. If there is snow then I would recommend snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Either look for a ski area near Toronto (e.g. Horseshoe Valley, Ganaraska Forest) or google for more epic snowshoeing adventures. There are forums/webpages that could point you to nice trails. To keep the budget down, you can look for places within a few hours of Toronto. If you're willing to splurge on a motel, then head to Algonquin Provincial Park or further afield. For nature, avoid heading west or south from Toronto. Look toward Algonquin or the Kawarthas (i.e. around Peterborough). You can aim for provincial parks or look for nice ski areas. If there is no snow, there won't be much to do. It'll be cold and days are short, which makes hiking difficult. Perhaps, start by looking at the Provincial Parks website to get a sense of what activities are possible in winter.
Clothes? Wear layers...a good undershirt, a non-cotton long-sleeve shirt, a sweater or fleece. With layers you can get by with wearing a lighter jacket, used mainly to cut down on wind. If skiing, you'll start stripping off these layers as you become more active. Big, heavy jackets are expensive, though will be needed if it gets real cold, which can happen in early January. A toque and gloves. I like having a balaclava or something that protects the neck. Most wear scarves but I don't like them...but keeping the neck warm is important. Oh yes, long underwear!
Nov 17, 2012 10:38 AM
2Thick socks and warm shoes/boots (or functional shoes that will accommodate a thicker sock) in addition to the list above - If my feet get cold, the rest of me is cold...
Don't scrimp on the gloves recommended above; Magic Mitts (super stretchy, but thin) will be inadequate for very cold temps, for example.
Have a fabulous trip ~
Nov 18, 2012 1:28 PM
3with airline baggage weight being very dollar punitive if over would suggest you forgo all heavy winter gear until your arrival. then simply go to salvation army outlets and value village for the heavy winter clothes which you require for sure. that way you will only spend 8 or 10$ INSTEAD OF 60 UP FOR A WINTER COAT OR JACKET. near toronto is a rather nice walk spot up highway 10 called Bell fountain has most unusual landscape and very intereseting walk. also a railroad trestle for great photo op. then elmira if you can swing a car. bonus by buying in sally ann no tears when you dump them to go home.
Nov 20, 2012 12:28 PM
4Second vote for poppageorge's advice ~ I leave a lot of clothing behind with a note that it's been left intentionally and to 'discard or donate'.
I spent 5 months in southern hemisphere summer, except for 7 day dash in January to Tokyo ...
I bought heavier clothing at Saver's (aka Value Village in other parts of the world) in Melbourne, Aus - wore it (and appreciated it ~~ it was so cold, damp & foggy in Tokyo!) and stuffed it all into a garbage can at Narita before boarding the flight back to Melbourne.
Total loss: $11 AUD, I would have donated but it wasn't clean and was getting pretty 'ripe' (heavy fleece zip up hoody, a pair of gloves and a couple pairs of socks).
Unless you're exceptionally large or small - there is usually a full array of clothing at the Thrift Store / Op Shop.
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