Toronto, Cluny restaurant and skating at an outdoor ice rank!

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Dinner with a French touch and feeling like a King or Queen on ice!

Which area: The Distillery District were in early days a lot of whisky has been made. Today you can enjoy arts, culture and entertainment. And you have plenty of restaurants and bars.

Where to eat: Book a table at Cluny Bistro in the Distillery District. A French oriented restaurant with delicious food and wine. And Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin can be heard through the speakers to join your French rendezvous ;-).

What to do: If the winter season is there, you can skate at an outdoor ice rank in the city. There are a couple of ice ranks from which to choose.

What do you need: You can rent ice skates near the ice rank. But be aware that they are not in the most excellent condition. Would you like to make the most fantastic ice moves...bring your own ice skates with you ;-)!

Nice to know: If you are cold or you need a break during practising your pirouettes, you can buy hot drinks and hot dogs on the side

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Toronto and Mount St. Louis Moonstone

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Winter sport activities in the mountains of Ontario.

January in Toronto…what should we explore this time? First we wanted to go riding with huskies but we had to drive for more than three hours and we didn’t want to. We decided to go skiing at Mount St. Louis instead. We rented a car for a day at Trifty and went to wintersport resort Mount St. Louis. Unfortunately the weather was not very good. A gray sky instead of blue and no sun at all. But we didn’t care because skiing is great, no matter what!

Mount St. Louis Moonstone is a southern Ontario ski resort located north of Barrie. The resort is just over one and a half hour driving time from Toronto and is located just off Highway 400, which makes it a prime destination for Toronto-area skiers. A perfect goal for us this time. Mount St. Louis contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts and 3 carpets. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier to the most advanced skier. It is one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario. It was founded 51 years ago by Austrian Alpine skier Josl Huter.

Tickets for the ski slopes start at 59 dollars. But you can also buy a more expensive ticket that allows you to ski from 9.00 am till 9.00 pm on all slopes. So you can conquer the slopes not only during daylight but even when the darkness falls in. You can buy a package deal as well, so the ski pass and the rent for skies, ski shoes and poles are included for a fixed price. We took our own ski shoes and helmets with us so we rented skies and poles only.

Our lunch break contained hot dogs with red wine ;-)…a nice combination. We continued skiing till dark after this interesting lunch. It was such a lovely day. The people were very friendly and we had lots of chats with the locals. Our skiing skills are still in progress and the slopes are lovely to learn, practise and have fun together. The slopes are well maintained and worth a visit! Don’t forget you helmet because nowadays everyone is wearing one. Even if you feel like Calimero ;-).

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