Canadian winters can be brutal, typically seeing sub-zero temperatures and high-wind chills. Cold weather aside, Toronto in January can be the ultimate time to visit for snow lovers and for cold-weather fun for the whole family. After the holidays die down with some time left on winter break and away from work, bundle up the kids and make the most of the cold-weather season.
Toronto is already a great shopping city, but after the holiday season with tourism on the lower side, there will be plenty of deals in the downtown shopping centers. Put those holiday gift cards and exchanges to good use and head to the Toronto Eaton Center, Bloor-Yorkville, China Town and Queen Street for some shopping, sightseeing and dining. The area is popular with tourists and locals and offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages.
Details for the annual and beloved winter festival Winterlicious are on the horizon, so foodie families should stay tuned. The annual event typically entails hundreds of top-tier restaurants participating in the culinary event over the last week of January and first week of February. This winterfest brings out unique and artful cuisine by top chefs, showing off Canada’s finest culinary offerings.
Jan. 12–18, 2018, enjoy lavish gala events and award-winning wines all with the gorgeous views of Niagara Falls during the Icewine Festival. Celebrate the 23rd annual event with more than 35 wineries, unique food pairings and authentic Canadian cuisine. Hit the streets and enjoy street festivals and family-friendly events all over town. Check out the full event itinerary and plan your stay.
Head to the Distillery District for the Toronto Light Fest for art, dining and shopping. See international light artists’ work displayed Jan. 19–March 4, 2018, for an illuminated view of the dark Canadian winter nights. Check out the unique lineup of events and attractions for guests of all ages from theater and dining to shopping and local events in Toronto’s Distillery District.
Get sporty and watch the Maple Leaf’s compete in their hometown. A trip to Canada wouldn’t be complete without a good, old-fashioned game of ice hockey, and maybe a Molson or two. If a live game isn’t your speed, head indoors to Wayne Gretzky’s sports bar, cheering with fans and locals from the warmth of your seat.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.