“Stay-cation” in our City:Toronto!

With August around the corner this is the perfect opportunity to take out your friends and families to explore Toronto.

This August take the time to “Stay-cation” with all of the amazing events, locations and scenery that Toronto has to offer. 

Toronto has a number of museums for those interested in history, art and science: the Royal Ontario Museum is close to the downtown core; the recently opened Aga Khan Museum celebrates Islamic art and culture and has a beautiful garden and architecture; for the art lovers, look no further than the Art Gallery of Ontario.

If you are looking for a museum that is a little different take a tour of the Bata Shoe Museum. For those with a love for science try the Ontario Science Centre

Toronto has “more than 1500 parks and 600km of trails”, in other words it has a wealth of outdoor spaces that are perfect for walks, picnics and get-togethers: from Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Edwards Gardens, Sherwood Park, Sunnybrook Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, to High Park (“Shakespeare in The Park” – pay what you can for performances featured usually at 8 p.m.).  Earl Bale’s Park also features Jazz and Big Band performances throughout August).

Toronto has variety of cycle paths and walkways (over 600km of trails): why not try the Kay Gardner Beltline that stretches from Mount Pleasant Cemetry, to the Don Valley Brickworks, to the Allen Road and beyond.

Taking the family out for a picnic on a sunny day, or enjoying a nature walk through a trail is an easy way to plan a special “Stay-cation” with friends and family.

There are a number of places around the city of Toronto to spend an amazing day with friends and family. How about packing a picnic basket and heading to Centre Island for the day and renting a bike before going on the Island Ferry? Take a day to enjoy the amazing scenery and peacefulness of Ward’s Island: take a picnic, lunch at the beach café or take a more formal meal at the Rectory Café; and finish off with a walk along the boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario.

For those who would like to venture out of the city, how about a trip to Prince Edward County (near Picton) and enjoy the fresh air, biking and lovely restaurants. There are many B & B’s to choose from that have reasonable rates.

Use August to explore the city! Take a day trip through the many neighbourhoods of Toronto to discover our wonderful city including: Little India, Greek Town, Little Italy, Distillery District, and The Brickworks, Discovering the city with friends and family is a great and easy “Stay-cation”. You don’t need to go very far to enjoy the last weeks of summer.

By Kevin Lopes & Jane Teasdale

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