February 29th: Take the Leap
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February 29th: Take the Leap

You've got an extra day on your hands. Here's how to spend it.

Photo by Tihana from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by Tihana from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

If you were given one day to live, what would you do?

While we hope you’ll never face such a situation, the leap year has us thinking about time. As you probably know, we get a bonus day at the end of February every four years. Even though it lands on a dreary Monday this year, we think you should make the most of this 24-hour gift.

Here are the best ways to do just that.

  • The first step is to find a clever excuse to get out of work or school, so that you can make this day all about doing the things you always say you’re going to do. In fact, your voice sounds a little hoarse right now. I think you’re coming down with something. Better not spread your germs to the rest of the office on Monday.
  • If you have wheels, pick a direction and take a mini road trip to see what gems you can find just outside of our city limits.
  • If that’s not an option, take advantage of being off on a weekday during slow season, and be a hometown tourist. Hop on one of those sightseeing bus tours, or set foot in some of the crowd-burdened places you normally avoid, like the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the ROM, the AGO, the Science Centre, or the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ripley's Aquarium  Photo by kaeko from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Ripley’s Aquarium. Photo by kaeko from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • If the weather is nice, make the most of it with a stroll through High Park, Brickworks, Riverdale Farm, or even the Toronto Islands. The Beach is a great place to explore right now, with nifty art installations set up right at the water’s edge for the Winter Stations Design Competition. There are also plenty of great outdoor skating rinks across the city, from Greenwood Park in the east, to Colonel Samuel Park in the west.
  • They say that you should do something every day that scares you, but we’re going to guess that you have some catching up to do in that department. Start small, like dining alone in public (no staring at your phone), or watching a horror movie without covering your eyes. If you’re feeling extra brave, sing in front of strangers at one of the many karaoke outlets in the city, try indoor skydiving, or take the plunge and finally get that tattoo you’ve been planning forever.
Getting tattooed at Chronic Ink  Photo by davidcwong888 from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Getting tattooed at Chronic Ink. Photo by davidcwong888 from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • For the foodies, why not grab a friend and create your own tasting tour of Toronto? Pick your poison—whether it’s donuts, falafel, beer, burritos, or burgers—and sample as many offerings as you can across the city to determine the best.
  • Having an extra day in your life can also serve as an opportunity to boost your karma rating. Do some de-cluttering and donate your pre-loved clothes and books to a charitable cause. Better yet, use your free time to help out one of many local companies looking for volunteers.

So seize the day—it only comes once every four years, after all.