If you are planning on spending your summer in Toronto, you may want to know about some of the city’s best summer destinations. Summers in the city can be hot, sticky and even boring if you don’t venture out and explore a bit. Do yourself a favour this summer- try visiting some of the following places; it’s a great way to keep active, meet new people, stay cool and find adventure!
The Harbourfront – With the breeze coming off of the lake, this is one of the coolest places you can visit this summer. More than that, there is a lot to do at the Harbourfront area. Bring your rollerblades/skates, bikes, skateboards, scooters or just walk along the boardwalk by the boats moored at the docks. Venture around the Toronto Music Garden or visit the Spadina Key Wetlands. Keep your eye out for free concerts at the Harbourfront Centre in the evenings.
Kensington Market – This is a great place to wander around, shop, eat, and take in the multicultural vibes of the city. Look for vintage and second-hand clothing shops, bakeries, butchers, fruits and veggie stands, ethnic foods, live music, interesting people and a real sense of community.
St. Lawrence Market – This big place is a fantastic location for local art and artisans selling their wares. It’s also a great spot for gourmet foods and delicacies.
The Beaches – Hit the beach! There are several beaches located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. The beaches can get crowded on a hot day, so bring a picnic, a frisbee or a ball to toss around and you’ll have a great time!
The Leslie Spit – East End Harbourfront, ‘the Spit’ is a man-made headland about 5km long. It’s a great place for a biking, skateboarding, rollerblading or walking. Known as a public urban wilderness, the Spit is home to hundreds of plants and birds. A nice little getaway in the heart of the city!
Museums – There are numerous museums in and around Toronto that are open all summer long. Many have ‘freebie’ hours, so if you’re on a budget, do some Internet research and plan your museum tour on the cheap. Check out the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), the Bata Shoe Museum, the Textile Museum of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, for starters.
And last, but certainly not least, escape the sweltering heat and bustle of the city and ferry over to the Toronto Island. An amusement park, beaches, fire pits, restaurants and cool breezes await you!