Wheee…! Riverdale Park East is the best place to toboggan in downtown. However, it’s not for the faint of heart (or breath after the climb back up). Its western slope dives 20 vertical meters into the Don Valley Ravine from a starting point right off Broadview Avenue. But thrills and spills aside, if you go at sunset or later in the evening, the experience transforms into something truly magical.
With the onset of darkness, the lights that define Toronto’s skyline are showcased in unrivalled splendour. The CN Tower is easy to sight toward the south, but the real standout features a waterfall of lights emanating from its top, and is the dazzling addition to our glittering urban kaleidoscope (on the far right of the photo above). Aura raises 78 stories and is the tallest residential building in Canada.
Start your sledding before 7pm to grab a coffee or hot chocolate at Rooster Coffee House across the road at 479 Broadview. This lets you stream some warm liquid through your veins before hitting the hill.
You can’t rent a toboggan or saucer at the hill, but there is a Canadian Tire at Yonge & Dundas that sells them cheap. Plus, from there, jump on the 505 Streetcar and get off right at the drop zone of fun.
NEW for 2020: Hill was recently graded to make the ride down super smooth!
What’s Spot On:
• Piling two or three people onto an inflatable inner tube.
• Wearing a toque to feel extra Canadian and keep your ears warm.