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13 Things to Eat, See and Do in February Across Canada

What's new and noteworthy in the country this month, from midnight snowshoe tours on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain to the ice slide at Montréal en Lumière.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Food & Drink


Photo: Paula Wilson

Finer Diner

Alo’s Patrick Kriss goes downscale at Aloette, a sister joint downstairs where steaks are cooked on a plancha, burgers are smothered in Beaufort cheese and milkshakes are spiked with Chartreuse.


Ollie Quinn

Photo: Benny Corrigan

Frame of Mind

No, you’re not seeing things: The Ollie Quinn eyewear company, new to the Ossington strip, keeps costs down with locally cut lenses and frames designed in-house, so any pair will only set you back $155.


Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail

Photo: City of Toronto

Trail Bladers

Traffic may be bumper-to-bumper on the Gardiner Expressway, but it’s smooth skating underneath: The Bentway, a snaking 250-metre skating track, opened on January 6. For something a little less Expressway- adjacent, Riverdale Park East has a lovely trail for families on the city’s east side, while the Colonel Sam Smith Skating Trail (pictured) meanders through the west-end waterfront park.

Vancouver - YVR

Food & Drink

La Cantina

Photo: Joern Rohde Photography

La Cantina

The popular Whistler taqueria has finally brought its braised-pork burritos and pulled-chicken tacos to downtown Vancouver, so you can enjoy the mole without the moguls.



Photo: Christine McAvoy


Between the grilled cactus (with charred salsa verde), halibut (with charred tomato sauce) and salt-crusted rib-eye (with charred onions), this northern Baja restaurant is making Yaletown sizzle.


Lucha Verde

Lucha Verde

Tacos turn a new leaf with veggie forward and vegan-friendly combos like barbecued jackfruit with pineapple salsa, achiote cauliflower with pumpkin purée and smoked tempeh with pickled squash.


Grouse Mountain

Photo: Grouse Mountain

King of the Hill

During 24 Hours of Winter, Grouse Mountain is open from sunset to sunrise for midnight snowshoe tours, candlelit yoga and non-stop skiing, while round-the-clock cafés serve up emergency espresso shots.

February 17–18


Roden Gray

No Sweat

Athletic-wear titan Lululemon and streetwear maven Roden Gray have teamed up on a new collection of men’s workout gear — so whether you want to look stylish when you’re at the gym or just hanging around outside one, these seven versatile pieces have you covered.

Montréal - YUL

Food & Drink



Fresh off its $140-million makeover, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel opened this grand restaurant last summer, where your high tea goes haute with a flute of Moët or Veuve.


Burgundy Lion

Photo: Luxy Media

Burgundy Lion

High tea is meant to be held in a garden, so this Little Burgundy restaurant built a glass-roofed, plant-lined solarium for all seasons. Don’t let a little snow come between you and your Earl Grey.



Photo: Martine Lavoie


At this café and buvette in Old Montreal, Tea Punch, a concoction of Havana Club and homemade ice tea, is a refreshing chaser for small plates of beef tartare, blood pudding and foie gras torchon.


Montréal en lumière

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Lights Up

The city’s nippy weather makes hibernation tempting, but Montréal en lumière coaxes Montrealers back outdoors. If the colossal Ferris wheel, 200-metre zipline, ice slide, concerts or circus acts can’t persuade you to hit the streets, there’s always the 2,500 kilograms of free made-in-Quebec cheese available on-site from 20 of the province’s cheesemakers.

February 22–March 4


Martha Graham Dance Company

Photo: Melissa Sherwood (Anne O’Donnell, Ben Schultz and Xin Ying with Laurel Dalley Smith (background) in Larry Keigwin’s Lamentation Variation)

Ballet Away

In their three-night stint at Théâtre Maisonneuve, the fleet-footed dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company perform commissions from contemporary choreo­graphers, including Staatsballett Berlin artistic director Nacho Duato and Annie-B Parson, founder of award-winning company Big Dance Theater, alongside mesmerizing crowd-pleasers from Graham’s own repertoire.

February 22–24



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