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Toronto Guide: The Ultimate Summer Bucket List 

Toronto Guide: The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

After 6 months of cold & snow, it’s finally summer in Toronto! From patios & outdoor movies to getaways, we’ve rounded up a list of things to do this summer to make the most of this beautiful weather.

Summer In The City

  • Centre Island
    • Kayaking, Canoeing or Stand Up Paddle boarding around Centre Island - Perfect time to enjoy some outdoor activity on the water.  Pick your activity and head over to Harbourfront to rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board.
    • Picnic at Centre Island - Rent a bike, grab some ice cream and enjoy some fun on the Island this summer
  • Picnic in Trinity Bellwoods or Christie Pits - On summer weekends, these parks are packed with people enjoying a relaxing picnic, playing frisbee or walking their dog. Pack a blanket and enjoy some relaxing time out in the sun
  • Toronto Blue Jay’s game - Take someone out to the ballgame this summer - a classic Toronto summertime activity
  • Scarborough Bluffs -  Put on your hiking shoes, pack a bather and head over to Scarborough Bluffs for unbelievable views 20 minutes from the city. See post for how to get to the Scarborough Bluffs viewpoint
  • Beaches - Summer isn’t complete without a beach day! Pack a cooler of snacks and drinks and head on over to get your tan on
    • Woodbine Beach
    • Hanlan’s Point
    • Cherry Beach
    • Sugar Beach
    • Bluffer’s Park
  • Outdoor movie
    • Catch a free outdoors movie - Pack a blanket and some snacks and head over to your favourite park for a free outdoor movie under the stars
    • Drive-In Theatre - Pile up in a van or cuddle up on a warm summer night at a drive-in theatre
  • Patio hopping - Make the most of this sunny weather by hitting up a couple of patios in the city. These are a couple of our favourites:
    • The Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel
    • Gusto 101
    • El Catrin
    • The Rooftop at the Broadview
    • Bellwoods Brewery
    • Amsterdam Brewhouse
    • The Addisons
    • Lavelle
  • CNE - Bring out your inner child at this annual exhibition jam-packed with rides, concerts and carnival games
  • Food Festivals - It seems that food festivals in Toronto only get better and better. Here are some food festivals to check out this year:
    • Summerlicious
    • Toronto’s Festival of Beer
    • Taste of Middle East
    • Jerk Festival
    • Sweetery
  • Summer Night Market - Night markets are back with many out enjoying the unique street food, live music and drinks. A couple of night markets in the city include:
    • Junction Night Market
    • Night It Up
    • Waterfront Night  Market
  • Friday Night Live at Royal Ontario Museum - Enjoy a night at the museum with live music, food and drinks. Every Friday is a different theme so pick a date and get exploring!
  • The Addisons Residence - Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ so head out to this backyard bash for a day or night out on the town
  • Toronto International Film Festival - Catch a movie at this annual film festival starting early September. TIFF has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world showcasing fresh voices in filmmaking

Outdoor Activities - Day Trips from Toronto

  • Lavender Farm - Spend a day surrounded by lavender’s. Don’t forget to try the lavender ice cream while you’re there. There are a couple of lavender farms near Toronto:
    • Terre Bleu - Canada's biggest lavender farm
    • Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary
    • Bonnieheath Estate
    • Prince Edward County Lavender
    • Steed & Co
  • Bogle Seeds Sunflower Farm- A picturesque sunflower farm just under an hour from Toronto. The sunflower usually bloom for two weeks every three years. Please check their Facebook page for most recent updates of hours. Note: They are now closed for the season. 
  • Elora Quarry Conservation Area - Escape to Elora for a day of adventure at the swimming hole. Bring a floaty and enjoy some relaxing time out on the water
  • Warsaw Caves - Explore these underground caverns in Warsaw. The conservation area two hours from Toronto is also great hiking, canoeing and camping
  • Waterfall Hikes - Start exploring the numerous waterfalls in Ontario. A couple of popular spots include:
  • Berry Picking - Enjoy an afternoon of berry picking from June through August
    • June: Strawberries, blueberries
    • July: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
    • August: Blueberries, raspberries, sweet corn
  • White Water Rafting in Oshawa - If you’re looking for an adventure escape, head to Oshawa. Here you’ll be able to join a group to navigate through some rapids

Summer Weekend Trips from Toronto

 Get away from the bustling city with these weekend trips

  • Prince Edward County - This picturesque town is the perfect escape from busy Toronto with excellent food and plenty of wineries to explore
  • Tobermory - A hidden gem in Ontario with pristine turquoise waters, stunning geological formations and variety of hikes
  • Camping - Ontario offers many breathtaking views for you to set-up your campsite. A round up of some favourites below:
    • Algonquin Provincial Park
    • Killbear Provincial Park
    • Sandbanks Provincial Park beach
    • Arrowhead Provincial Park
    • Bon Echo Provincial Park
  • Glamping  - Not sure if you’ll like camping? Ease your way in by Glamping (Glam-camping) in a yurt, teepee, treehouse or cabin!
  • Rent a cottage - Canada is known as cottage country so gather a group to rent a cottage by the lake and get ready to enjoy the endless water activities
  • Niagara-on-the-lake - Stroll through the charming town filled with Victorian architecture and cute boutiques. Make sure to check out the wineries while you’re there. Ontario’s icy temperatures are an ideal environment for icewine

What are some other summer activities you’re looking forward to this year?

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