Written by: Missy Amato
Summer is sadly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take in some late summer activities. Enjoy these laid back and slow Toronto outings during the dog days of summer.
Sip on Balzac’s Coffee In Liberty Village
Balzac’s Coffee/ Courtesy of @balzacscoffee
Sipping on a nice cold ice coffee can cure any pre-falls blues you might be having, and Balzac’s coffee is unmatched by any in all of Toronto. This Liberty Village location is full of bean options, as well as a “hipster” vibe that will transport you to the streets of Brooklyn. A cup of this “joe” will have you ready to take on Autumn and all of it’s new challenges.
Take a Relaxing Fort York Tour
Fort York/ Courtesy of @theksavo
Fort York, located near Exhibition Place is a historical fort ground which was once a defense location for the British who occupied Canada. If you’re a history buff, or anyone who wants to learn something new, this activity is perfect for you! The tour itself only costs $9, and includes access to all of the buildings, as well as a tour. Who doesn’t want to learn something new for so cheap?
CNE’s Relaxing Shows and Attractions
CNE/ Courtesy of @racquelnatasha
CNE might not seem like a lazy day activity, but it definitely can be! CNE truly represents the ending of summer, and can offer shows, as well as interesting food for anyone looking to relax. Check out CNE’s Superdogs Show, which is sponsored by President’s Choice. This amazing performance showcases super athletic dogs, who will jump, dance, as well as run through hoops. This show is perfect for anyone who wants to witness excitement, while still relaxing in a seat. The President’s Choice Superdogs Show runs through the entirety of CNE!
Get Lost In William Meany Maze
William Meany Maze/ Courtesy of @supercalifractalist
The Toronto Islands are finally open, even though summer is just starting to wind down. Take the family out to the islands, enjoy a picnic, and get lost in the famous, (or infamous) William Meany Maze. This maze is completely free after paying the ferry ticket or Tiki Taxi transportation fee!
Treat Yourself To A Late Summer Sweet Jesus Ice Cream
Sweet Jesus/ Courtesy of @sweetjesus
Sweet Jesus is one of the most Instagram’d ice cream places in all of Toronto, but for a very good reason. Their colossal ice creams, as well as their over the top milkshakes will have you screaming for their treats. Be warned! Sweet Jesus’s ice cream lines can be rather long, due to their high popularity. But, if you’re willing to wait it out, this ice cream is the perfect ending to a wonderfully hot and lazy summer day.
Watch the Sunset at Cherry Beach
Cherry Beach/ Courtesy of @jamieandchill
There’s nothing more romantic than seeing a beautiful sunset over the Toronto skyline. Be sure to check out dusk at the quaint and quiet Cherry Beach. Bring some candles, a blanket, and some treats to indulge in the nighttime views of this great city.
Cycle Through The City
Bike Share/ Courtesy of @bikeshareto
Toronto should be known as the unofficial bicycle capital of the world, even if it does have some bike lane drama. Rent a bike from one of the 70 bike shares around the city and cycle for an entire day for only $7! Bike share locations stretch from the Beaches to Parkdale, meaning the entire city is up for your exploration.
Lazy About In The Botanical Gardens
Toronto Botanical Gardens/ Courtesy of @tbg_canada
The Botanical Gardens are located in North York, either a short subway or car drive out of the downtown core. The garden is often dubbed, “the little garden with big ideas,” and is one of the most serene places in the entire 6th. Take a relaxing break from the busyness of the city and dive deep into this natural oasis.
Enjoy A Nice Slice At Wanda’s Pie In The Sky
Wanda’s Pie In The Sky/ Courtesy of @millennial_in_toronto
Nothing beats taking a Sunday stroll through the artistic neighborhood Kensington Market and ending it off with a piece of warm pie a la mode. Wanda’s Pie In The Sky offers homemade pies, cakes, as well as vegetarian lunch and brunch. Grab a morning cup of coffee or treat yourself to a night cap with a slice!
Explore Kariya Park
Kariya Park/ Courtesy of @hels.nguyen
Kariya Park is a hidden wonder of the GTA and is located in Mississauga. The park is known for it’s Japanese inspired style, as well as it’s beautiful late fall cherry blossom display. The park is known for being a quiet getaway where you can hear gentle waterfalls and fish splashing in a pond. Take the Go Train or a quick cab to this tranquil spot hidden in the suburbs.