As July speeds along, I am serious about making plans for the summer and sticking to them.
In the summer months, the city comes alive with activity — free outdoor movies (TIFF in the Park, TIFF in Your Park, Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks, Sail-In Cinema), foodie events (Front Street Foods at Union Station, Summerlicious, the ever-popular Toronto’s Festival of Beer), live music events (Beaches International Jazz Festival, Music City Summer Series), and art and cultural events (Shakespeare in High Park, Panamania).
With our busy work-life schedules, it’s important to remind ourselves to stop, slow down, and soak in the sunshine-filled days. And with the city playing host to the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games (and welcoming 10,000 athletes and coaches, and 250,000 visitors), a bit of pre-planning will hopefully save you a bit of time and energy.
Here’s how I plan on making the most of those all-too-fleeting summer days and nights:
1. Grab a blanket and go stargazing at least once.
Go rollerblading along the waterfront at nighttime. (June 13, 2015!)
Go rock climbing at Ontario’s Celebration Zone at Harbourfront. (Made it to 30 feet on August 3, 2015!)
Explore Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods and get lost on purpose.
Hop the ferry over to Toronto Islands. (Twice in one week!)
6. Let creativity flow at the Paintlounge.
7. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and check out Shakespeare in High Park finally. I’ve missed out on this every single year.
8. Learn to stand-up paddle board.
Beat the heat with scoops and scoops of Jedd’s Frozen Custard!
10. Plan a day trip to a winery.
11. Book a guided culinary walking tour (or two!)
Grab a blanket and check out as many outdoor movies as I can.
14. Take a trip to a provincial park and go camping!
15. Take an aerial silks workshop.
What’s on your summer bucket list? I’d love to hear your plans in the comments.