52 Quick Escapes To Last The Year

It’s already been a year. Dec 1st 2015 was the launch date of this site. We didn’t exactly know what or where the site would lead, all we knew was we wanted to share stories that inspired people to go do something and share a story; an alternative to a couch in downtime. So, to celebrate a year of this site, we bring you our “52 things we want to do for the next year” list. Try making a “52 things to do this year” list and do as many as possible.

Keep in mind that we haven’t done most things on this list, so we can’t speak for many of the businesses we’ve linked to (yet…once we try we’ll let you know). Always remember you are responsible for your safety and do your due diligence and research.

If you do partake in any of these activities, please reach out and share these with us so that we can inspire others to GO DO SOMETHING!

Week 1, Dec 4 to Dec 10: If you’re in Toronto, check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit at the ROM. www.rom.on.ca The Winterland Nights starts at Casa Loma too, lots of sparkle! Soccer Playoffs Dec 10th: Toronto plays Seattle at the BMO field in Toronto, a first in Canada

Week 2, Dec 11 to Dec 17: The Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting Mystical Landscapes, Monet, Van Gogh and more. If you’re in Peterborough check out the Canadian Canoe Museum. http://www.canoemuseum.ca/

Week 3, Dec 18 to Dec 24: Go skating at Toronto City Hall

Week 4, Dec 25 to Dec 31: Resolution Run: Start the New Year off right with a run. This 5km run is non-competitive and fun for the whole family. Races are offered throughout Canada. Find one near you at www.resolutionrun.ca

Week 5, Jan 1 to Jan 7: Why not bring in the New Year by heading to Arrowhead Provincial Parks ice skating trail, at 1.3 kilometers long it'll help start off that resolution. Head up on Saturday for the Fire and Ice events. More here: http://www.discovermuskoka.ca/ice-skating-trail-arrowhead.html. Think about registering a team for the Fox Epic 8 Hour Relay Race at Mansfield this week. www.chicoracing.com

Week 6, Jan 8 to Jan 14: Brewery Tour in Toronto. Steam Whistle, Mill Street and The Indie Ale House to name a few.

Week 7, Jan 15 to Jan 21: If there's some good powder why not head to Albion Hills Conservation area for some Cross Country Skiing, more here: https://trca.ca/activities/cross-country-skiing/

Week 8, Jan 22 to Jan 28: Dog sledding? Yes Please!!!! https://www.winterdance.com/pack_dogsledtours.php for more info

Week 9, Jan 29 to Feb 4: January 31st is the last night of Canada’s foremost illumination festival the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls. Check out https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/events/winter-festival-of-lights/ Also, the Toronto International Boat Show wraps up on the 29th

Week 10, Feb 5 to Feb 11: Back to Albion Hills for some winter fat tire mountain biking this week. https://trca.ca/activities/mountain-biking-cycling/

Week 11, Feb 12 to Feb 18: Free Fishing Week - No license required. Get the family out for some ice fishing. Be safe and know the ice conditions. You can also go out with an operator if you new to the sport.

Week 12, Feb 19 to Feb 25: Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show at the International Centre - Feb 24th, 25th, 26th. http://outdooradventureshow.ca/toronto/

Week 13, Feb 26 to Mar4: Laugh out loud at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival runs March 1st through the 12th. http://www.torontosketchfest.com/

Week 14, Mar 5 to Mar 11: Usher in the spring at the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek. There are multiple festivals all over the province if you can't make it down to Bronte.

Week 15, Mar 12 to Mar 18th: Indoor Rock Climbing, several gyms in Toronto.

Week 16, Mar 19 to Mar 25th: Bugfeast! Are you brave enough to eat bugs? Test your iron stomach at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. https://www.cambridgebutterfly.com/events/bugfeast-march-break

Week 17, Mar 26th to Apr 1: Still snow on the ground? Head to Blue Mountain for some spring skiing or boarding. Enjoy a pint or two on one of the many outdoor patios. https://www.bluemountain.ca/

Week 18, Apr 2 to Apr 8: Head to High Park for the Spring Run Off race on the 8th.

Week 19, Apr 9 to Apr. 15th: Head to Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby for a tour and sampling. http://www.fortycreekwhisky.com/

Week 20, Apr 16 to Apr 22: Mountain bike the Hydro Cut in Kitchener/Waterloo…if its dry. http://hydrocut.ca/

Week 21, Apr 23 to Apr 29th: Opening Day for fishing season. Always check your local regs.

Week 22, Apr 30 to May 6th: Hop in the car and take a day trip north to visit the Grey County Waterfall Tour. https://www.visitgrey.ca/travel-tools/travel-stories/grey-county-waterfall-tour

Week 23, May 7 to May 13th: Feeling active? Select from one of the Fox Epic 8 Hour Relay this Saturday at Mansfield or the Storm The Trent Adventure Race. http://chicoracing.com/events/8-hour-races/opus-spring-8-hour/overview-and-schedule.html or http://www.stormthetrent.com/

Week 24, May 14 to May 20th: Cycling! Head from Toronto to Niagara Falls

Week 25, May 21 to May 27th: May 20-21, Toronto Festival Of Beer Spring Sessions at the Fort York Garrison. Tickets here: www.beerfestival.ca

Week 26th, May 28th to Jun 3rd:The whitewater season starts along the Ottawa River, looks like www.wildernesstours.com has some mid-week deals

Week 27, Jun 4 to Jun 10: Visit Niagara on The Lake for some wine tours and a ghost tour at Historic Fort George. http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/ghost-tours/

Week 28, Jun 11 to Jun 17: Take a paddling course to expand on your skills and knock some of the winter rust off. Vista http://www.orcka.ca/index.asp for course options.

Week 29, Jun 18 to Jun 24: Chico's 24 hours of Summer Solstice starts Saturday at Albion Hills Conservation area. Ride solo or with up to a 10 person team. Bring your lights because you'll be riding at night. http://chicoracing.com/events/24-hour-races/summer-solstice/overview-and-shedule.html

Week 30, Jun 25 to Jul 1: June 26th is National Canoe Day, go canoeing somewhere! Then, head to Ottawa for Canada's 150th birthday, it’s going to be a time!!!

Week 31, Jul 2 to Jul 8: Peterborough Music Fest July 3rd– 4th. http://www.ptbomusicfest.ca/

Week 32, Jul 9 to Jul 15: Day or Overnight trip to The Grotto in Tobermory. http://quickescapes.ca/trips/grotto-bruce-peninsula-0

Week 33, Jul 16 to Jul 22: Catch a Jay's Game http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/

Week 34, Jul 23 to Jul 29th: Do you like beer? Why not visit the Toronto Beer Festival July 28, 29, 30th. http://beerfestival.ca/

Week 35, Jul 30 to Aug 5: Collingwood Elvisfest - it must be seen to be believed. http://www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com/

Week 36, Aug 6 to Aug 12th: Elora Gorge White Water Tubing https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Tubing.aspx

Week 37, Aug 13 to Aug 19: Bark at the moon at an Algonquin Park Wolf Howl http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/programs/wolf-howls.php

Week 38, Aug 20 to Aug 26th: See one of Canada's most important bands, Blue Rodeo, at The Molson Amphitheatre.

Week 39, Aug 27to Sep 2: The end of August can mean only 1 event; the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. http://theex.com/

Week 40, Sep 3 to Sep 9th: Plan That Big Camping Trip - Great time of year. No bugs, warm days, cool nights and very few people around.

Week 41, Sep 10 to Sep 16: Get up to Algonquin and mountain bike the Minnesing Trail. http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/recreational_activites/minnesing-mountain-bike-trail.php

Week 42, Sep 17 to Sep 23: End your running season with this great race at the Toronto Zoo - 5k / 10k http://canadarunningseries.com/oasis-zoorun/

Week 43, Sep 24 to Sep 30; Algonquin Fall Colours Trip. Weekends are wildly busy, so see if you can sneak up there midweek.

Week 44, Oct 1 to Oct 7: Scare yourself senseless at the Halloween Haunt at Canada's Wonderland https://www.canadaswonderland.com/haunt

Week 45, Oct 8 to Oct 14: Become a real Canadian and learn how to curl. Curling clinics are often offered at this time of year at your local club.

Week 46, Oct 15 to Oct 21: Southward bound! Head south for a little R&R before we are buried in snow. Lounge on a beach or get your adrenaline pumping with some action sports. Moab, Utah...here we come!

Week 47, Oct 22 to Oct 28: Fall Biking at Albion Hills - Last ride of the year?! https://trca.ca/activities/mountain-biking-cycling/

Week 48, Oct 29 to Nov 4: Fall road cycling ride along the Lakeshore through Northumberland County.

Week 49, Nov 5 to Nov 11: Head to Collingwood and tackle some of the best late season mountain biking in the province. 3-Stage, Kolapore and Loree Forest.

Week 50, Nov 12 to Nov 18: Grab the family and friends for some Geocaching. Not sure what Geocaching is? Check it out! https://www.geocaching.com/play

Week 51, Nov 19 to Nov 25: Head to archery range and do some target shooting.

Week 52, Nov 26 to Dec 2: Paintball or Airsoft…should be fun!

If you do/visit one of the items on the list, please let us know about it. If you have a great idea for a quick escape, let us know in the comment section below!!!