Summer in Toronto: Four Ways to Make the Most of What’s Left

There’s just over a week left before Toronto kids head back-to-school for another year of classes. We may be in the waning days of summer vacation, but there’s still lots of fun to be had. Today we’re sharing our top four suggestions for making the most of what’s left of summer in Toronto.

Making the Most of What’s Left of Summer in Toronto

1. Head to the Beach

summer in toronto beach sandcastleWe don’t know about you, but we don’t think any summer is complete without spending a little time sitting with your toes in the sand, looking out at the water. If you agree, one of the best Toronto neighbourhoods to do it in is, of course, the Beach. With four beaches that are Blue Flag certified as safe for swimming, you have plenty of options for enjoying a little bit of sun and sand with your kids. Bring your kite, play some beach volleyball, build a sandcastle, ride your bike … you’ll definitely want to add this to your summer in Toronto bucket list. For more ideas of what to do while you’re there, check out our article, Exploring the Beach.

2. Sit on a Patio

For many locals, summer in Toronto just isn’t complete without sitting on a patio (or twelve). Whether you bring the kids along for brunch, meet a friend for cocktails, or just want to escape the office for lunch in the sun, there are lots of great options to choose from. If you need some suggestions, check out blogTO’s list of the Top 10 Patios with the Best Views in the city.

3. Eat Ice Cream

Of course there are people who eat ice cream any time of year, but we think few things say summer in Toronto like enjoying a delicious cold cone. We have a thing for the sweet treats at Hotel Gelato, Uncle Betty’s and Ed’s Real Scoop (which you can drop by while you’re at the Beach). For a more comprehensive list of where to go in the city for the perfect scoop, check out blogTO’s Best Ice Cream in Toronto.

4. Head to the CNE

A while ago we asked you what summer in Toronto means to you, and the answer came through loud and clear on social media – the CNE. It runs until September 2, 2013, so there’s still lots of time to stop by and eat a deep-fried Oreo or two. If you find the Ex just too overwhelming, check out our top five picks for kid-friendly fun at the CNE to help get you started in planning your day out.

Did we miss something? Leave a reply and share what’s on your summer in Toronto bucket list this year!

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at

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