25 ways to make the most of summer in Toronto
Earn your Urban Paddling Badge by completing these four city water adventures this summer
Toronto offers many fantastic paddleboarding opportunities, but none quite as enjoyable as the ones offered on the Toronto Islands. The best time to paddle is late in the evening or early in the morning to admire the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The canals are great for viewing wildlife.
There’s always plenty to see along the coastline at Harbourfront Center, whether it’s a visit to Ontario Place, the canals and lagoons of the Toronto Islands, or the bird sanctuaries along Leslie Spit. Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Center rents boats and offers group and private excursions and tours.
The Humber River is a hidden gem in Toronto. More people may be familiar with the Don River, but try canoeing on it. The Humber is more secluded, offers wildlife viewing and a leisurely paddling experience. Adventures on the Humber River rent canoes if you don’t have one.
This water sport offers a lot of action and excitement. When the surf is in place, head to Woodbine Beach. You will find many kitesurfers who are thrown here and there with huge smiles plastered on their faces. For this sport it is imperative to take a course and there are many options such as We love kitesurfing.
Here are some central places to light your s’mores right in the middle of town, with a city permit, of course.
Taylor Creek Park
This charming strip of Don Valley greenery runs along Taylor-Massey Creek, which joins the Don River along the Don Valley Parkway. There are several fireplaces in this area which are somewhat secluded, perfect for a summer evening of acoustic guitar and marshmallows.
Christie Pits Park
Although it is a very busy park, the city allows the urban campfire to obtain a permit to make a bonfire in the park. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer day swimming by the pool, playing baseball, followed by hot dogs and s’mores around an open fire.
Grab a gourmet picnic basket with urban versions of proven campfire classics
Thinking of heading to Riverdale Park to watch the sunset? Good idea! Better yet, grab a Friday night event box or other experiential meal at Aviator Danforth. Each picnic has options with dietary restrictions in mind, accommodating both meat lovers and vegetarians as well as children. Full-size picnics, which can be ordered online, cost $ 20 and the kids’ option is $ 15.
Ready for a hit at Trinity Bellwoods Park? Stop Dirty food where they offer picnic kits that cover all the comfort food classics. With an option for two or four people (as well as a vegetarian option), Dirty Food sends breads, spreads, extras and sweets, with dishes largely home-cooked. The picnic for two costs $ 36, while the picnic for four costs $ 68 and can be pre-ordered online.
Get your wildlife badge by going on these unique TO hikes and seeing what you can find
Leslie Street Spit
Probably the most unusual and surprising natural area in the city of Toronto, this swath of land, originally made up mostly of construction waste and a bit of creativity by Toronto Conservation, has morphed into something of a Toronto-centric oasis and home to an array of bird species, including a large cormorant nesting area that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
Doris McCarthy Trail
This off the beaten track trail is a hidden gem revealed to the general public for the first time. There isn’t even a parking lot, so just park on the road. The trail descends a ravine beside a chattering creek and ends at the Scarborough Bluffs – truly the city’s most magical natural wonder. Keep an eye out for stray deer atop the cliffs and unique bird species including hawks and spiders. Lots of spiders.
Tuck Shop: Fancy some camp goodies? Here are three of the best candy stores in Hogtown.
The chocolate bar
This College Street gem offers a variety of imported goodies as well as artisanal chocolates and even vegan fudge. Some classics include Big Feet, Marshmallow Bananas, Hot Lips, Fun Dip, oh, and Pop Rocks, lots of Pop Rocks.
Suckers Candy Co.
Suckers Candy Co. is the promised land for those who need a sweet treat to get away from the heat of Toronto. This huge outlet offers more than 2,000 types of confectionery products, including retro classics and the latest confectionery.
The hazelnut chocolate maker
Meet at this classic beach district candy store on your way to the beach. It has a British theme, so expect imported goodies as well as plenty of retro choices and a wide selection of delicious chocolates, including from the local Belgian chocolate factory down the street. Buy Air Heads and Big League Chew for the kids and keep the truffle ganache to yourself.
Watch for our next one in our Camp Toronto series tomorrow, June 24th.