Are you planning an epic “staycation’ in Toronto this summer? Have visitors in town and you need to show them just how fantastic this city is? I’ve got you covered!

Take a picnic over to the Toronto Islands, every person who has visited me in Toronto has been brought here and they have just loved it! If you have kids to entertain they will especially love taking the ferry over. It would be a great idea to take bikes with you or you can rent the fun family bikes/carts over on the Island. There are also many places for the kids to play, including fair-like rides. You can also rent a canoe which is so much fun!

Bike rides, walks and picnics along the humber river are a beautiful way to spend those long Toronto summer days. You can rent a canoe down by The Old Mill Hotel and ride it all the way down to the lake where there is a drop off point.  The Sunday Brunch at the Old Mill is something special and it would be a great treat for visitors to enjoy delicious food in such a historic and gorgeous building.

No matter the time of year there is always something to be gained from a visit to our stunning High Park. For the kids we have a zoo, swimming pool, splash pad, feeding the ducks, Jamie Bell Park and so much more. For adults the endless trails are perfect for jogs, walking the dog and finding some peace with nature. High
Park for me is one of the best things about living in Toronto.

Toronto is all about the neighbourhoods. I always take my visitors to Roncesvalles to walk around the shops and stop in for brunch in one of the many great restaurants there. There are a few great book stores in Roncy and many speciality stores that are definitely worth a visit. I always love exploring The Junction too as the restaurants there are just as good as anything downtown. There always seems to be a new place open every week!  These neighbourhoods have a very special and unique feeling. Something that can only be understood when you take the time to relax and spend a whole summer day taking them in.

How lucky are the kids of Toronto? We have an amazing Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland, The ROM, The Aquarium. Life as a little one in this city is pretty exciting. To save a little cash think of bringing a packed lunch and shop around for discounts and annual memberships.

Evergreen Brickworks is a great resource in our city with a Saturday Farmers Market, Kids Garden, Cafe and they have many different workshops and festivals going on, see their website for more info https://www.evergreen.ca

Biking along the Toronto waterfront is a beautiful ride, you can have pizza and a drink here http://www.sunnysidepavilion.com it’s a nice place to take in a view of the lake and it is right on a sandy beach where the kids can play.

I always take my guests to St. Lawrence market to buy some nice ingredients for a good dinner and while we are there we grab lunch and eat it on the outside picnic tables on the second floor. It is always a lovely experience exploring this historic market and building. http://www.stlawrencemarket.com   Located on The Esplanade which is one of the prettiest parts of downtown.

The Distillery district – great restaurants, great shops, beautiful, historic and lots of space for the kids to run around.

Kensington Market and China town have such a great atmosphere, great cheap and unique shops and markets.  So many delicious and cheap eats.

For the adults Bisha Hotel Rooftop Bar is THE BEST view of the city and the Toronto Islands. It is an open restaurant bar with good food and great service that could be a special night out for the grown ups! https://www.bishahoteltoronto.com/dining/kost

 

What do you have planned for your Toronto summer? If you need anymore ideas feel free to reach out! I have been a Tourist in this city for almost a decade. I never stop exploring and love to share all of my knowledge about #thesix with anyone who is interested 🙂