Winter Survival: Tropical Toronto

Allan Gardens Conservatory

Allan Gardens Conservatory at Sherbourne and Gerrard is a hidden gem of Toronto.

There’s ice on the sidewalk, the snow shovel is suddenly a useful tool, and you have no trip to the south seas planned. You need a break. Luckily, this city has places where you can feel balmy tropical air and inhale the delicious smell of earth without leaving on a jet plane. Allan Gardens Conservatory is one such place: a Tropical Toronto oasis. They change exhibits over the season, and the winter show is on till January 8th. It’s a great outing for parents and kids. Admission is free.

The cactus house is filled with amazing textures and shapes.

A visit to Allan Gardens conservatory is a shot in the arm for a gardener, or anyone who needs a winter break. It’s a fantastic place to bring kids. There’s plenty to see at a a kid’s eye level: greenery falling onto the winding stone paths, a working water wheel, and lazy orange goldfish in the ponds.

Throwing a penny in the pond to make a wish is a fun part of the trip.


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