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5 Unmissable Outdoor Activities In Toronto This Summer

5 Unmissable Outdoor Activities In Toronto This Summer

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Located in the heart of Ontario is Toronto, a top destination for tourists and a beloved home for locals. Toronto is a city bursting with culture, art, food, nightlife, and so much more. With such an endless possibility of things to do in Toronto, here is a list of the top 5 best outdoor activities to check out this summer.

Panda | © Toronto Zoo
Panda | © Toronto Zoo

Visit the Toronto Zoo – Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My!

The Toronto Zoo is one of the most amazing zoos in Canada. As a unique wildlife experience, it is well known for its interactive education and conservation efforts that inspire people to love and respect wildlife and wildlife habitats. With over 5,000 animals representing over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is also one of the largest zoos in the world spanning 287 hectares (710 acres) with over 10km (six miles) of walking trails. The main entrance to the zoo is located on Meadowvale Road, Toronto, north of Highway 401 and is accessible by car or public transit.

Harbourfront Cruise
Cruise out on the Harbour | © Rebecca Bartley

Take a Cruise Out On the Harbor

Explore the Toronto harbor by hopping aboard on one of the many Toronto cruise ships the city has to offer. Some of the popular cruise lines include Mariposa Cruises, The Island Princess, and The Tall Ship Kajama. Each cruise line comes with its own unique experience on the harbor. For example, Mariposa Cruises are well known for their nightly dinner and dance cruises, The Island Princess allows guests to explore the Toronto Islands, and The Tall Ship Kajama is the only traditional 165 foot three-masted Schooner boat cruise which sails daily from downtown Toronto.

Sunset at Sugar Beach
Sunset at Sugar Beach | © Krista Schwab

Check Out a Local Beach for Surf, Sand and Fun in the Sun

It’s summer time and the weather is hot, hot, hot! Definitely one of the top things that should be done in the summer is relaxing and catching a tan on the beach. Some of the best beaches in Toronto include Ward’s Island, Sugar Beach, Hanlan’s Point, and Woodbine Beach. What makes these beaches the top beaches in Toronto to visit is the fact that they are known to have the cleanest quality of water and the best quality of sand. Some of the top beaches are also located on the Toronto Islands.

Casa Loma Gardens
Casa Loma Gardens | © Rebecca Bartley

Symphony in the Gardens at Casa Loma

Casa Loma is one of the top tourist attractions in Toronto. This isn’t a surprising fact though when you come to learn that Casa Loma is actually considered Toronto’s castle and is home to not only some impressive historical facts, but also a lavish and beautiful garden located at the back. This summer, Casa Loma will play host to Symphony in the Gardens from June 9th – August 25th featuring the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion located in the estate gardens.

Harbourfront Centre
Harbourfront Centre | © Rebecca Bartley

Fun for Everyone at the Harbourfront Centre

It’s summer time and one of the best outdoor activities to do in Toronto is check out some festivals or summer programs down by the waterfront. Harbourfront Centre is located on Toronto’s waterfront and has always been a bold and innovative force in Canada’s cultural scene, as well as a premier destination for a number of festivals.

Some of the top festivals/summer programing at the Habourfront Centre this summer includes:

Lakeview Market, June 20th – Sept 7th

Dancing on the Pier, June 25th – Sept 3rd

Summer Music in the Garden, July 2nd – Sept 13th

DJ Deep Fried Fridays, July 3rd – Sept 4th

Magnetic Beats, July 3rd – Sept 4th

Free Flicks/Movie Nights, July 8th – Sept 2nd

FLAUNT, July 24th – 26th

Island Soul, July 31st – August 3rd

Planet Indigenus, July 31st – August 9th

Habari Africa, August 14th – 16th

Tirgan, August 20th – 23rd

TAIWANfest, August 28th – 30th

Hot and Spicy Food Festival, Sept 4th – 7th


By Rebecca Bartley

Rebecca Bartley is a public relations, communications and marketing professional who loves to spend her free time writing and blogging, checking out the latest social media trends, dancing like no one’s watching, and spoiling her pet cat named Peaches.

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