Summer is here and school is out! How are you going to spend these casual and carefree days? Summer at Toronto’s waterfront is exciting, fun-filled and not-to-be missed by residents or visitors alike. There is a reason people from all over the city, province, country and abroad make their way to Toronto’s waterfront destinations.
Children and adults have been taking the ferry to Toronto’s Islands for decades and that’s because there is so much to do and see. One of the best things to do on Toronto Island is to pack a picnic, a towel and even your bike or roller blades and spend a relaxing day on Lake Ontario. Or, you could bring nothing and enjoy the restaurants, tennis courts, disc golf, volleyball and so much more that is already over there. Of course, we can’t forget about Centreville Amusement Park, which is full of rides for the kiddies and Far Enough Farm.
Harbourfront Centre always has something going on – from dancing on the pier to summer camps to free flicks. You’ll love everything they’ve got to offer this summer. Some of the best free events happening this July and August include:
- · Oh Canada – Canada Day Party and fireworks
- · Hot & Spicy Food Festival – savour the flavours of the south
- · Free flicks – Toronto’s cinema on the water
- · Summer music in the garden – a variety of free musical performances
As well, there are daily busker performances and so much more. Any summer day is a great day to visit the Harbourfront Centre.
Located on Harbourfront Centre grounds, Purina Pawsway is a must-visit for Torontians and their dogs. This pet centre is completely one-of-a-kind and is such a fun place to visit. With special exhibits, a hall of fame and a pet-friendly cafe, any animal lover would be completely enthused. They offer group walks around Toronto’s waterfront, dog training and agility and often attend Toronto events to show off their stuff.
Head to the beach
Being on the waterfront you don’t want to miss going to one of the many great beaches Toronto has to offer. Sugar Beach, so named because of its location beside the Redpath Sugar Factory is a 2-acre public beach with pretty pink beach umbrellas and candy-striped rock outcroppings. You can lay on the beach, make a sandcastle or stroll through the promenade.
Cherry Beach is very popular and can get quite crowded, but it is worth braving the crowds to experience this great beach. With slightly calmer and warmer waters than other Toronto beaches, the shallow water also encourages swimming. The nearby sports field and Martin Goodman Trail are also draws to this beach.
Other popular Toronto waterfront beaches include:
- · Hanlan’s Point (our famous official nude beach)
- · Kew-Balmy Beach
- · Marie Curtis Park Beach
- · Rouge Beach
- · Sunnyside Beach