In the summer, Toronto heats up — both in terms of temperature and things to do. Whether you escape to Toronto Island for a bit of urban nature, or head to the sky for a drink at one of the best places to see and be seen on a sunny day, this city knows how to do summer. Here’s the proof.
1. Lakeside swims at Cabana Pool Bar
Sip and swim from this glam pool bar. Offering up ping pong, cabanas, and awesome music, don your best beach wear and join Toronto’s beautiful people at the top.
2. Island time, (almost) all the time
One of the most popular Toronto Island spots, Centre Island provides the utmost relaxed vibes. Hop on a ferry and see the city from the other side — by bike or from the beach volleyball court (with a beverage in hand).
3. Fun food, cool times
Ice cream. Donuts. Ice cream served in donuts! Hot weather means cool treats are essential. Eva’s Original Chimneys is a must-visit.
4. A photo opp not to be missed
One of the best spots in the city to snap a selfie, Nathan Phillips Square is the place for concerts, outdoor art, and of course, people watching.
5. Big drinks, big view, big fun
Head up for a bucket (aka a plastic pail filled with a delicious drink), stay for the view. The Porch offers big drinks and even bigger scenery.
6. Life inspired by Caribbean color
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is as colorful as it is fun — meaning the streets light up with parades, music, and costumes each July.
7. The perfect place to play all day
Day or night, the Canadian National Exhibition adds color to Toronto’s landscape. Shows, rides, and slides are the perfect way to enjoy summer.
8. Inspired outdoor spaces
If there’s a street without art, is it even a street at all? Toronto’s home to streets chock full of graffiti, murals, and art of all sorts. Stroll by Graffiti Alley, the Ossington Laneway, and more.
9. Festival spirit, free of charge
Festivals, festivals, festivals. Toronto is full of food and music festivals to take in — illuminating the neighborhoods, arts, and culture the city has to offer.
10. Nearby nature, utterly urban
Part of the Toronto Island, Ward’s Island is the perfect place to catch a sunset. It’s a less frequented spot, so pack a picnic and stay awhile.
11. Come together to celebrate difference
How could we not include the vibrancy of Pride? Toronto’s Pride Month, taking place each June, is one of the best times to embrace the city’s love for diversity.
12. No sea, no problem
Yes, we know. Toronto doesn’t have an ocean, but it does have Sugar Beach. With pink umbrellas and city views, you’ll get the best of both worlds.
13. Where old meets new
Embrace the history of Toronto with a drink in hand while soaking up some patio sun and community culture. The Distillery District boasts both charm and substance, with cobblestones, events, shopping, food, and more.
14. All the necessary hydration
Fresh sushi and even fresher seasonal drinks, Kabuki Sushi Lounge is a North York spot that’s worth a night out.
15. Feeling flavorful
A taste of Toronto wherever you go. Tons of vendors, including those at festivals, serve up the finest eats all summer long.