Summers in Toronto are always shorter than we want them to be. With so few warm-weather weekends at our disposal, it’s hard to fit in all the best Toronto summer activities–like discovering new patios or making the trek out to Toronto Island or the Evergreen Brick Works. To get the most out of Toronto this summer, from exploring its trendiest neighborhoods to enjoying breathtaking views from the water and playing archery tag on Woodbine Beach, check out this list of must-do summer activities.
#1 – Explore Kensington’s best eateries
Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of Toronto’s hippest hood with Chopsticks+Forks. There are few places in the world where you can taste cuisine from 6 different countries in only a few city blocks, and Kensington is one of them. Enjoy VIP access to some of Toronto’s tastiest spots, from authentic Jamaican patties to sumptuous Swedish morning buns!
#2 – Learn to fly at The Circus Fix in the Port Lands
This brand new aerial studio in Toronto’s east end is the place to go if you’ve always wanted to fly. With classes from beginner all the way to expert, they’ve got a class for you, whatever your level. Start with their beginner class, Newbie Aerial Silks, and get your confidence up before taking on more advanced moves. You’ll love this bright white studio space with its neon silks.
#3 – Spend a day kayaking on Lake Ontario
Beat the heat by getting on the water. Check out the Tandem Kayak Tours offered by Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre and enjoy a cruise through Toronto’s islands with a friend. Tandem means two people in one kayak, so you can share the workload (or sit in the back and let you friend do all the paddling…).
#4 – Go on a wine tour of Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County
Only a two-and-a-half hour drive from the downtown core, Prince Edward County wine country is fast becoming a favorite day trip from the city. See for yourself with Toronto Food Tours on their all-day Prince Edward County wine tour. They’ll handle the transport and all the planning so you’ll have time to enjoy four different wineries and twelve different wines.
#5 – Learn how to kayak on Sunnyside Beach
Few Torontonians ever make the trek out to Sunnyside—though it used to be the most popular spot in the city to go for a dip. Discover the West End’s best kept secret with The Complete Paddler in their intro to kayaking lesson on Sunnyside Beach.
#6 – Try paddleboarding with Osha Osha
If you’ve always wanted to try paddleboarding, now’s your chance. Take a relaxing tour up the Humble River, enjoy the calm waters before you catch some waves around Toronto Island, or take a trip to the white sand beaches of the Scarborough Bluffs with Osha Osha. Tours start at Budapest Park in Sunnyside Beach and take you to wonderful worlds of lagoons, wildlife, and birds.
#7 – Invite your friends for a game of Bubble Soccer
Toronto and the GTA
Get outside with bubble soccer. Bubble Force organizes bubble soccer matches all over the GTA—all you need to do is pick your pitch and specify the number of people. Maybe book your game in the morning, though, if it’s going to be super hot. Those bubble suits don’t really breathe!
#8 – Play archery tag in the Beaches
Meet up with your friends at Woodbine Beach for a bracing game of outdoor archery tag. Archery Initiative will provide all the gear, from the foam-tipped arrows to your safety mask. All you need is a group of eight or more to be guaranteed a game.
#9 – Go on a Treetop Trekking adventure
Brampton, Barrie, Stouffville
Looking to get out of the city for the day? Check out Treetop Trekking’s aerial adventures in Barrie, Brampton, and Stouffville. Strap yourself in before crossing the wobbly suspension bridges, tackling the Tarzan swings, and sailing through the trees on a zip line.
#10 – Take a SUP tour on Toronto Island
Wards Island Beach
You may have seen Toronto’s islands from the seat of a tandem bike, but if you haven’t cruised its bays and lagoons on a paddleboard, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Check out Toronto Island SUP’s Eco Tour or relax with one of their SUP Yoga classes and see the islands from a whole new perspective. These classes are open, despite the closures to the Island this summer. Just tell the ticket collector at the ferry terminal that you are paddling with Toronto Island SUP and they’ll let you across.
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