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Get up-close to Toronto while physical distancing

City of Neighbourhoods, the Six, Hogtown – call it what you want, Toronto has lots of names and even more to explore from afar. 

There's nothing like staying inside after a long, cold winter – said no one, ever. We all know that Torontonians love a good patio in one degree weather, but things are looking a little different this spring.

Staying cooped up indoors can be challenging, especially when parks and festivals are calling our names, but the great outdoors isn't cancelled, it's just put on hold. So in the meantime, we can explore what our city has to offer from a distance. There's still lots to see, you just gotta look for it. 

What to Eat and Drink

Tucking into restaurants, bars and shops may be off the table for now, but we can still get a taste of our favourite spots with delivery, pickup and curb-side drop off. Pro-tip: Don't forget to tip!

Travel around the world via your plate with drool-worthy Toronto dishes inspired by international cuisine.

Do a sourdough punch (it's a thing) with T.O.'s professor of bread, Mathew James Duffy

Carb load at bakeries like Primrose BagelForno Cultura and the Drake Commissary which are open for pickup/delivery. 

Cook up a storm or a soufflé with notable Toronto chefs like Tomer MarkovitzMary Berg and Craig Harding in their home kitchens.

Make any hour happy-hour with cocktails and hard-to-find wines delivered to your door – yup, to your door.

What to See

Being a tourist in your city can be a lot of fun – who knows, you might even discover something new about your own backyard (let's be real, who has a backyard in Toronto?).

Embrace your inner Drake with sky high views of the Six from the CN Tower's cameras. Or make your own tower with the #MyCNTower challenge, which has people all over the city constructing their version out of household items like toilet paper and pillows. 

Get artsy with virtual tours and exhibition guides of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Aga Khan Museum and the BATA Shoe Museum

Maintain your distance with a live shark cam at Ripley's Aquarium where every week is #sharkweek (or swim with the fish in Rainbow Reef). 

Bring the zoo to you with live events every day at 1 p.m. on the Toronto Zoo's Facebook page.

What to Do

Strolls around the block are nice and all, but you can only physical distance yourself from other people's dogs for so long. Resist the temptation to hug a furry friend with some of these fun activities. 

Dance like nobody is watching (unless you turn on your camera) with classes from City Dance Corps. The studio posts daily, free classes on their Instagram and if you're craving more, you can enroll in their virtual classes

Get your steps in with free workout classes from some of the city's best boutique fitness studios like MisfitstudioUnited Boxing Club and Sweat and Tonic.

Sharpen your mind with online learning from the University of Toronto and virtual exhibits hosted by the Toronto Public Library.   

And finally, laugh it all off with classes from the Second City.