NEATwalks & Wintegration Activities


Monday, January 30, 2017: Skating Party at the Nathan Phillips Square (6:30 pm)

Sunday, February 5, 2017: Brave the Cold – West End Waterfront Hike (10 am)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: Tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) – (6 pm)

Saturday, February 11, 2017: Trip to Royal Ontario Museum (10:30 am)




Monday, January 30, 2017: Skating Party at the Nathan Phillips Square

This skating party is being organized to celebrate the unveiling of the photography display that was created by newcomers to Canada who participated in Bike Host, a program which loans bicycles to immigrants and refugees and matches them with volunteer mentors who ride regularly. Through their photography, they explored how a bicycle could help them adjust to life in Canada. They found that the freedom of independent mobility enabled them to discover their city in a new way and fostered a stronger sense of belonging. Enjoy the exhibition of the photography project “Bikes and Belongings” on display at the City Hall’s rotunda from January 30 to February 3.

Skating Party — 6:30 to 8:30 pm

All are welcome! Enjoy learning about free local attractions and upcoming activities by NEAT/Wintegration Groups; meet new people and enjoy skating!

If you are a non-skater, you can try a free lesson (at your own risk)!

If you are regular skater, enjoy skating with others and participate in fun games!

— Bring your own skates or get it at the rental office —


Please meetup at 6:15 beside the “Archer” (the sculpture by Henry Moore) located in front of the City Hall.


We are pleased to provide free lessons on basics of skating — please try at your own risk!


• We will have activities such as relay race, red light/green light and what time is it Mr. Gretzky?

Refreshments: Hot Chocolate!

Skate Rentals:

• Please bring your own skates or get them at the Rental office!

• Rental charge is $10 per adult for 2 hours.

• CultureLink can subsidized the amount by contributing $4 towards the rental for limited number of attendees. Please contact Elizabeth directly if you need more information at: 416-588-6288 x 223.

• Photo ID is required to rent the skates. Please bring Permanent Resident Cards/Driving License or Other type of Photo ID with you.

• Nathan Phillip Skating:

Must Must Must:

Please wear proper winter attire – comfortable clothing that can help you move easily on ice and do not forget the gloves/mittens.

• If you are a brand new skater, you must wear a helmet (helmets can be rented for $5) – helmets for younger kids are must.


Sunday, February 5, 2017: Brave the Cold – West End Waterfront Hike (10 am)

Meetup Point: Queensway Toronto (100 The Queensway)

Colborne Lodge Drive and The Queensway, Streetcar stop: The Queensway at Colborne Lodge Drive (there buses running due to construction work).

Hike along West end waterfront, with a lot of fun games. Walk about 6km along the water, along beaches, crossing pedestrian bridges and through a waterfront nature park. Enjoy great views of the City. Free hot drinks and prizes at the end of the walk.

RSVP at: or contact Rubeen at 416-588-6288 x 231


Wednesday, February 8, 2017: Tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

From 6 pm to 8 pm

Please arrive by 6:15

This tour is FREE and we have only 14 spots. Spots will be awarded on first come first basis.

Sign up at to RSVP and to connect with the organizer.


Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am – Exploring the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Meetup Point: Inside the Museum beside Crystal Art (by Michael Lee Chin)

Royal Ontario Museum is huge and it may not possible to see everything in few hours. Therefore, we have put together a guided tour for you!

We will visit some specific sections and tell you some interesting stories! If you have stories of your own, you are welcome to share!

ROM also has guided tours that you can attend if you wish to. We will provide that information closer to the date.

The tickets are for general admission only and do not include special exhibitions.

First priority will be given to CultureLink’s clients, their direct family members and CultureLink’s volunteers and their direct family members. This trip is beneficial for newcomers who are attending citizenship education mentoring circle.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot. We will confirm the availability of the spots on first come first basis.

There are some restrictions to get tickets so please RSVP as early as possible.

Day of the tour:

• Dress up according to the weather. We will commence this tour rain or shine as it’s indoors.

• Arrive at 10:15 am (no later than 10:30 am) — if you are late, the tickets will go to the next person in line.

• Be ready for a couple of group photos at the beginning of the tour.

• Bring snacks that are pre-packaged or money to buy snacks from ROM cafeteria.

• The guided tour will take about 2-3 hours. It includes short breaks and time to swiftly view the exhibitions and take pictures. After that you will be able to spend time by yourself or attend one of the guided tours offered by ROM volunteers.


Contact Rubeen at 416-588-6288 x 231 | Email:



Coming soon!

More hikes and tours, and FREE or low-cost winter activities!



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Updated on: January 28, 2017