This year Toronto celebrated its 180th birthday. In the last 180 years, the city has become a pretty great place to visit and to live. It’s one of the most diverse places in the world, home to one of the best film festivals in the world, and dozens of great neighbourhoods. In the last couple of years, Toronto has survived fires, floods, freezes, and Ford. There really isn’t anything the city can’t handle!
Whether it’s cycling on the Toronto Island in the summer to wandering around the eclectic shops in Kensington Market, summertime is the prime time to explore and enjoy Toronto. Here are my favourite things in this amazing city this summer:
1. Get a feel of the hippie vibes Kensington Market
I can wander the streets of Kensington all day long without ever getting bored. I love the vintage shops in particular and the funky and trendy restaurants. I happened to be here last on World Naked Bike Ride Day: a global protest against urban pollution, promoting greater cycling safety on our roads, and encouraging body freedom for everyone. Needless to say, I saw hundreds of nude cyclists as I ate my breakfast on the outdoor patio that morning.
2. Lock in your love at the Distillery District
This love installation is made out of steel, steel mesh and reclaimed Distillery lumber. Instructions to participants are simple:
1) Bring your lock and your love to the Distillery District
2) Customize lock with initials or unique message
3) Secure lock to installation
4) Kiss partner
5) Throw away the key!
3. Attend a Jays game
Even though I don’t know very much about baseball, I love the environment and the energy. Experiencing a game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto should be high on your list of things to do when visiting the city in the summertime!
I love just strolling around the harbour, drinking a smoothie, listening to live music, and people watching. The harbourfront is the perfect spot to meander on a nice summer’s day – there will always be something ready to catch your eye here.
5. Kayak around the skyline
6. Zen out at The Beaches
A charming, laid back neighbourhood with a relaxed vibe. The Beaches are on the East side of the city, and feature a series of lovely, sandy beaches with a long wooden boardwalk that spans most of them. Play some volleyball, have a snooze, or eat specialty cupcakes as you walk along the shore.
7. Grab a coffee and admire the view at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
I love the style of this coffee shop located in the Distillery District: exquisite Victorian industrial architecture alive with arts and culture. The atmosphere is so endearing that it has become a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions!
8. Get intellectual with some games at Snakes and Lattes
If you love a good games night, you will love this board game cafe! With every board game imaginable coupled with your choice of coffee, hot chocolate, even a beer or wine, the afternoon/evening spent here is sure to be an enjoyable one!
What are some of your favourite things to do while visiting Toronto in the summer?