Toronto: Things to Do in The Summer

The summer is a great time to go out, explore the city and find some great things to do. Toronto has plenty of things to do (our province’s smaller cities do, too!). By many accounts, it’s the number one summer getaway destination in Canada. With its hot summer climate, great food, and exciting nightlife, Toronto is a fantastic place to vacation. Here are some top picks for the summer of 2021.

Kensington Market

Toronto is a city with a thriving food scene, active arts, and interesting urban culture. That’s why we decided to highlight a few of the places you might not have heard about before, especially the Kensington Market – a hidden gem in the Toronto area. Kensington Market was only officially designated in 2006, and is still a great place to visit on the weekend all year round. It’s a bustling open-air market, where you’ll find fresh produce, specialty foods and crafts, as well as live entertainment and fun bars. The bohemian feel is a unique escape from the hectic city and one you won’t want to miss.

Visit Breweries

Plan your own brewery tour or sign up for one.  The craft brewing scene is rapidly growing in Toronto, and you’ll find breweries scattered throughout the city. Most of them offer free/cheap samplings, so make sure to try a variety! If you’re up for it, visit some of the local breweries that may be further out from downtown: Mill Street Brew Pub (207 Queen’s Quay) or Collective Arts (777 Dundas St W).

Distillery District

Tour the Distillery District and turn back in time. Toronto’s historic distillery district is one of the most picturesque areas, and a must-do in the summertime. With its brick buildings, shopping, and art galleries, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the early 1900s.

Toronto Island

Take a ferry from the city centre and spend the day on Toronto Island. The island is an oasis of waterfront parks, quaint shops and restaurants, and green space along Lake Ontario. There are also a couple of beaches (one nude beach!) and a fantastic boardwalk.

Visit St Lawrence Market (92 Front Street East)

Grab lunch or dinner at Toronto’s oldest market, open since 1801. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables, fishmongers and butchers all under one roof. Go for lunch on Saturday when the market is fully open.  There are lots of cute restaurants and pubs around the market for dinner.

The Toronto real estate market isn’t for everyone, and many people are looking to invest outside of the city for more affordable housing. Check out what’s available in the Collingwood area.


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Our Summer Season Bucket List Goals

When the temperature rises, most of us want to be outside. A lot of us think that summer is just about hanging out at the beach or relaxing at the park, but that’s not all there is to it. You could go on a hike, explore the city, learn to cook, play piano, learn to tango, or learn to play the violin. There’s a lot to enjoy in the summer.

For some, it might just be a lazy picnic at the park or a weekend camping trip. For others, it might be a 6-mile hike or a 2-day backpacking trip. But it’s hard to find time to get away when there are so many things that need to be done (and so little time to do them!) 

No matter your age, we can all agree that it’s the ultimate time to spend with friends and family in the summer. From BBQs to the beach, there’s nothing better than going out with your friends and spending the day enjoying the sun and sharing stories. These summer bucket list goals are aimed at taking some pressure off giving you some ideas of things that you can do this summer. Here are our summer bucket list goals!

Go Boating

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than hopping in a boat and floating on the lake. If you’re itching to get out on the water this summer, we have the perfect piece of gear for you: a kayak. Kayaking is a great way to experience the great outdoors, and it’s especially fun when you’re on your own.  Find a friend with a kayak, or rent one or other types of boats at the Living Water Resort & Spa. 

Go On a Hike

Hiking is one of the best activities to enjoy the summer in a healthy way. Many hiking trails are open and accessible to the public, so they don’t require any specific skills or preparation. You can also do hikes with your friends, family, or even a small group. It doesn’t have to be a large group either—a couple of friends or your spouse is all you need. Check out the hiking in Blue Mountain, featuring over 30km of trails.

Picnic at the Park

Invite a friend over, grab some food and beverages and hang out in the park. Set the table on the grass, put out some chairs and blankets. Turn on the tunes and get your friends to help you out by serving the food. Enjoy yourself and the great weather. Find where to have your next picnic in Collingwood here.

Attend a Market

Summer is finally here, and that means one thing: it is time to head out to the market. The market is packed with fresh fruits, vegetables, and even a few surprises. So, why not take advantage of this rare opportunity to try new things you have never tried before? Check out the Vegan Market that happens every Sunday.


Summer is hot, so is the real estate market. Check out what properties are available here


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