– By Yvonne Yorke –
While July and August will still look different than summer’s past, embrace the opportunity to explore local.
- Visit the Toronto Islands. The Toronto Islands can be reached by ferry. Take in the skyline during the day or the evening sunset.
- Visit a farm. Yes, they do exist in Toronto! Our local Riverdale Farm has already reopened. More are expected to open in Step 2 of the Reopening Plan.
- Visit a zoo – Toronto Zoo (Scarborough), Far Enough Farm (Center Island).
- Bike the city – use your own or rent one from Bike Share Toronto. There are 625 rental stations available in the city. Two of them are in St. James Town – at the corner of Bleecker/Wellesley and on Howard Street between 77 & 99.
- Participate in Active TO – cycle on designated major roads which have been closed to vehicular traffic by the City of Toronto to allow residents to get fresh air and exercise. The Quiet Streets Program is also part of Active TO and allows for physical distancing in local communities while walking, running, using mobility devices or biking. Bleecker Street was a designated Quiet Street in 2020.
- Participate in ParkfitTO – this is a new initiative offering residents FREE outdoor fitness programming. Residents 13 years or older can register for a four-week group fitness class in a Toronto park. Visit efun.toronto.ca for more details.
- Picnic in a park or try art in the park.
- Love shopping for local produce? Head to the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
- Support your local restaurants by doing your own Summerlicious. Experiment and try dishes that may be unusual to you. We have access to so many ethnic foods. Why limit yourself? You can’t know if you will like something unless you try it. Let this be your opportunity!
- Get a dose of culture when you visit the Aga Khan Museum. The museum is focuses on Islamic and Persian art as well as Muslim culture. It is located at 77 Wynford Drive (Don Mills/Eglinton) and houses more than 1,000 rare artifacts.
- Did you miss the thrill of roller coaster rides? Canada’s Wonderland will reopen July 5 for Season Passholders and July 7 for all guests.
- Cool off in a pool. As of June 19, 2021, all City of Toronto outdoor pools are open for your use and enjoyment. Visit cityoftoronto.ca/swimming to learn how you can reserve a swim time and what to expect at the outdoor pools. Prefer the fun of a splash pad instead? Visit splashpads.toronto.ca.
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