Summer is here and the living’s easy! With so little time and so much to do, planning for the warmer months can be overwhelming. In the spirit of all that is good and fun, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best summer activities to fill those summer days and nights.
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Edge Walk at The CN Tower
Thrill-seekers take note! Experience the world’s highest hands-free external walk on a building on the CN Tower. You’ll be more than 360 metres high, giving you an unbeatable view of the city. Check here for more details.
Go to An Outdoor Movie Screening
There’s something truly magical about watching movies under the midnight sky! There are lots of opportunities to see outdoor movies this summer, with Open Roof Festival and Christie Pits Film Festival returning and the new Toronto Outdoor Picture show.
Attend A Music Festival
What’s more summer than spending an afternoon soaking in the sun and taking in the sounds of any of Toronto’s music festivals. With Field Trip, nearby Riverfest Elora, Wavelength, and more returning there are tons of options to choose from. Check out our Guide To Canadian Music Festivals here.
Sign Up For Camp No Counselors
Relive your younger years at Camp No Counselors. Toronto’s only sleep-away camp for adults will keep you busy participating in land actives, water sports, arts and crafts, with the added adult bonus of alcoholic drinks.
Go on a Wine Tour
When it comes to the grape stuff, Torontonians are lucky to live in close proximity to to some great areas for Wineries and wine tours. Niagara is a well-known spot for Wineries and wine tours, as well as the booming Prince Edward County.
Explore Some Caves
Damp, dark, and beautiful! Ontario is home to some pretty scenic caves and cave systems. Make a day out of it, and check out our list of impressive caves that are only a short drive from the city!
Unleash your inner kid and challenge your friends to a round of playful racing at the Go-Kart tracks! There are a couple great spots in the city such as 401 Mini-Indy and Wonderland! There’s even a Mario Kart style course coming to Niagara, which is expected to open in the coming weeks.
Bike Through Toronto Island
Head to Toronto Island for one of the most scenic bike rides you can experience in Toronto. There are bike options for any size of group, singles, tandems, and two and four-seater quadricycles – just be sure to get there early before they run out for the day!
Fly A Kite
A time-honoured summer tradition, flying a kite is oddly one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have in the summer. There are plenty of beach and park locations around the city that have enough space for you to run around.
Plan A Trip to Canada’s Wonderland
Become a ride warrior and head to Canada’s Wonderland! Since 1981, this Vaughan roller coaster park has been GTAers’ go-to location for thrill-seeking. New attractions are added every year so there’s always a reason to check out what’s new.
Visit a Farmers Market
As the weather gets warmer farmer’s markets pop up everywhere in Toronto. From Monday-to-Sunday you can pick up fresh fruit and veggies from local farmers. Check our list for full details!
Get paddling this summer! If you’re downtown, check out Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre to get you to Toronto Island, or take a ferry there and pick up a kayak/canoe while you’re there. For west-enders, Toronto adventures have rentals to get you coasting down the Humber River.
Go Patio Hopping
Grab a couple pals for a casual afternoon of sipping on adult beverages. There’s a ton of great patio spots no matter where you are in the city, the only difficulty is getting a seat in time!
Host A Picnic
Avoid the long lines of local watering holes and do your own thing. You may have to fight your way through the crowd at Trinity Bellwoods, but there are plenty of great spots around the city for you to bring your own lunch! Check out full list here.
Get out on the open water and soak it all in. There’s no better way to enjoy the waves than to hop up on a paddle board. WSUP offers lessons for first-timers as well sunrise and/or sunset opportunities, and yoga excursions. TISUP offers similar packages for cruising around only on Toronto Island!
Check out Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday
When summer hits and the warmer weather peaks out, there’s something uniquely Toronto about strolling through the streets of Kensington Market. The neighbourhood especially comes alive every last Sunday of the month between May and October for Pedestrian Sundays as the streets shut down to vehicles and fills with live music, buskers and vendors.
Try Yoga In The Park
Clear your schedule to clear your mind. Up your yoga experience by engaging your other senses; the smell of trees, the sounds of birds chirping, the feel of summer dew bringing you to an ultimate moment of zen. Check out Park Yoga Toronto for classes.
Check out a Petting Zoo
There are actually way more petting zoos in and around the city than you might think. Of course, city dwellers know Riverdale Park petting zoo is a perfect place to take kids on the east end, and west-enders often make the trip to High Park petting zoo all-year round. Other great options include Pingles farm Market in Oshawa, Forsythe Family Farms in Uxbridge and Lionel’s Farm in Stoufville.
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