Sitting right on the shores of Lake Ontario, with loads of fantastic green space, it’s easy to see why people in Toronto get so excited about summer. Now that the weather has finally started turning around, it’s time to gear up for summer in the city.
Here’s our list of Toronto’s essential outdoor activities for your next warm-weather adventure…
The Leafs and the Raptors might be done for the year, but summer is still a great time to enjoy Toronto sports. On a warm, clear day, with the dome wide-open, you can visit the Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game. Or, you could head down to BMO Field for an open-air rendezvous with Toronto FC. There’s also one of Toronto’s newest teams, the Toronto Wolfpack, who play rugby at Allan Lamport Stadium (otherwise known as “The Den”).
Be A Pedestrian
If you’ve lived in Toronto for more than a minute, you’ll know that Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market are a BIG deal. The last Sunday of each month, merchants, performers, and more get together to fill this bohemian enclave with delicious food and entertainment. If you go to just one of Toronto’s many street festivals this summer, make it this one.
Who’s down for a picnic? Toronto is jam-packed with parks, and they literally come in all shapes and sizes – so why not spend a day hopping from one to another? Get lost in High Park, play catch at Sorauren Avenue Park, enjoy the water down at Coronation Park, and finish the day people-watching at Trinity Bellwoods. Need a reason to take it easy? Now you’ve got four!
Stock Up On Fresh Food
Another thing that Toronto is known for is our farmer’s markets. There’s just something so great about being able to go out and purchase fresh fruits and veggies from the person who grew them, picked them, and brought them to you. To top it all off, farmer’s markets all over the city each have their own quirks, vibes, and unique settings – you can learn more about them in our post detailing some of our favourites.
Enjoy the Waterfront
The Martin Goodman Trail is 56 kilometres of gorgeous lakefront views, that cuts right through Downtown Toronto and out in either direction. If you’re not spending time at one of Toronto’s best beaches, we’d suggest renting a bike – or walking, if you’re feeling extra adventurous – and heading down this gorgeous trail. Finish off at the Humber Bay Bridge, and enjoy the stunning architecture (and maybe even snap a photo of your travels while you’re at it).
Relax on a Patio
Some of the best real estate during Toronto summers is out on the patio! Sometimes it feels like every Toronto restaurant has some sort of patio situation, whether it’s cramped concrete backyards with a handful of chairs, or huge picnic tables set under canopies of trees and lights. We’ve already told you about some of our favourite patios, so why not head there to soak up the sun this summer?
Discover Toronto’s History
The summer is all about adventure – why not learn a little more about your city? Citizen-led tours, brought to you by Jane’s Walks, can take you throughout the city. Or, you could simply spend some time walking through neighbourhoods and learning about things at your own pace. Discover Victorian-era Toronto in the Distillery District, amble down Roncesvalles Avenue and learn about Toronto’s Polish heritage, or simply take a tour down a laneway and see everything from street art to local festivals.
Who wants to spend their entire summer indoors? Spend some time doing more of your favourite things this summer, and consider making a move while you’re at it. After all, isn’t the summer all about adventure? Let’s start by having a conversation about your real estate needs today.