The Best Outdoor Activities in Toronto You Still Need to Do this Summer
Summer is well underway in Toronto, and we still have a couple more months left of sunshine and warm weather before winter comes our way. Make the most of it and get outdoors—Toronto offers tons of ways to appreciate the hot temperatures and longer days. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite outdoor activities in Toronto—both active and easygoing—for you to take part in this summer.
Stand-up paddleboard or kayak on Lake Ontario
Good for both your abs and soul, stand-up paddleboarding gets you outside and active on the water. We recommend going in the lagoons of Toronto Island, where the water is a reasonable 18 to 23 degrees celsius. Once you’ve warmed up in the quieter corners, you can venture out to the lake for a stunning view of the city skyline. There are also kayaking outfitters available for those who prefer a more relaxed (and seated) ride.
Bike one of the city’s many trails
Toronto is making strides in providing safe and dedicated bike lanes for the city’s cyclists. The Bike Share program also makes it easy for visitors to borrow a two-wheeled steed for a day or more, with various stations across the city at a reasonable cost. Some of our favourite rides include the Leslie Street Spit for views of the Scarborough Bluffs and the city skyline, or pedalling riverside on the Humber Valley Trail. Biking is also one of our preferred ways to explore the city. Want a guide to lead the way? Contact us about our private guided bike tours with a local expert and biking enthusiast!
Check out an outdoor music festival
There’s no shortage of concerts, festivals and shows happening across Toronto throughout the summer. If electronic music is your thing, snag tickets to Electric Island at Hanlan’s Point for the weekend of August 31. For more mellow moods, there’s the free music series, Summer Music in the Park, which runs all summer long in the Village of Yorkville Park and the Danforth Rocks summer series during August.
Sportfish at the Scarborough Bluffs
Get all the fun of fishing in a sustainable way with sportfishing just off of the Scarborough Bluffs. Aboard a nine-meter Trojan boat and in the company of a veteran skipper, you’ll motor out on Lake Ontario to reel in King Salmon. Catches (and fun) guaranteed!
Peruse local goods at summer farmers’ markets
Few can argue that Ontario grows some of the tastiest produce around during the fertile summer months. You can pick up some for yourself (we highly recommend the strawberries—nature’s candy!) along with a slew of other regional products and crafts at one of Toronto’s pop-up farmer’s markets. Some of our favourites include the Trinity Bellwoods’ Tuesday night Farmers’ Market located in Toronto’s hippest park off of Queen West and the Appletree Markets in Davisville Village and at Ryerson University.
Picnic in the park or on the island
With your market-fresh goods in tow, pack a picnic and head to one of Toronto’s green spaces for a picnic—High Park, the Island, Trinity Bellwoods, Riverdale Park and Ashbridge’s Bay (there are even firepits here for barbecue grilling) are a few fantastic options that cover the west, central and east ends of the city. Note that drinking alcohol in public isn’t allowed in Toronto, so be sure to keep your beverages booze-free!
Watch a movie in the park
There are a few spots across Toronto where you can watch a film beneath the stars, ranging from old-school classics to new releases. Pack some blankets and snacks and head to any one of these locations for a laid-back—and free!—evening out:
Union Summer - Wednesday evenings at the market at Union Station; food and drink vendors on site
Trinity Bellwoods Movie Night - Runs until the end of August
Movie Night in Liberty Village - For all family-friendly films
Sorauren Park Movies - Every Saturday From June to September; early-goers can indulge in fresh-baked pizza
Christie Pits Film Festival - Every Sunday throughout the summer
Imbibe on an outdoor patio
Toronto has no shortage of bars and breweries with street or water-side patios where you can soak up the sun with a refreshment. We’ve already compiled a list of our favourites for you here.
Contact us if you want to experience a guided private tour of Toronto with a local expert, who can show you how Torontonians make the most of getting outdoors in our wonderful city.