There’s so much to do in Leslieville and the Beaches—but do you ever feel like you’ve done it all before? It’s true, in the summer Torontonians flock to Leslieville and the Beaches to enjoy the sun at Toronto’s best lakeside hangouts. There’s centuries-old Kew-Balmy beach and its more heavily frequented neighbor, Woodbine beach. There’re the breathtaking views over the Scarborough bluffs, and the cool drinks on Queen East at some of the best bars Toronto has to offer.
#1 – Pitchfork Company
But the creative arts do not just include dancing. You can get creative in the kitchen as well! Pitchfork Company is a culinary studio in Toronto’s east end that focuses on good food, good ingredients, and slow cooking—they’re huge advocates of the slow food movement. This is a place where you can learn everything about cooking, from the basics like knife skills to more advanced flavours and seasonings. You can find Pitchfork on Gerrard Street, in the north-east end of Leslieville in a bright, nicely structured venue. They offer workshops on how to make a perfect pie crust, or how to cook vegan and gluten free. Their policy is that food should be enjoyed and savored. If you’re interested be sure to book in advance! Workshops and cooking courses are limited to ten people. And check out their cooking classes for kids!
You don’t have to be a Picasso or Monet to enjoy the passion of painting. At Paint Lounge on Queen Street East, you can attend a painting workshop yourself or with friends—but if you’re booking with a party of five or more be sure to check out their group options—you can save about $20 per person if you do. Paint Lounge offers regularly scheduled workshops as well as drop-in freestyle sessions. The venue is bright, the teachers are friendly and inspiring, and all materials are provided. You can find everything you need right there: a canvas, paint, tools, nice music and drinks . . . and all you have to do is be willing to get creative! For the families—be sure to check out the kid’s painting classes and family workshops!
Now, it’s time for some serious action. In the heart of the Beaches on Lake Shore Boulevard next to Woodbine Beach, you’ll find The Archery Initiative—the best archery tag place around! Their amazing outdoor facility is perfect for weekend fun. You can breathe in the crisp air, enjoy the game and spend some quality time in the battle with friends. You don’t need a big group to play—you can book a spot for yourself at one of their regularly occurring games and see who shows up. But, note, if fewer than eight people book the game cannot go ahead. The best deal is to sign up with a group of 20—admission is cheaper and you’re guaranteed to have good time. Check it out while the weather is still good!
Considering all there is to do in this beautiful part of Toronto, it’s not really all that difficult to make some awesome weekend plans. But don’t miss out on all the awesome activities Leslieville and the Beaches have to offer. When it comes to painting, dancing, cooking or archery, you don’t have to wait for the weekend to start your new hobby.
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