Things to Do in Toronto in Summer
Summer is when Toronto comes out to play — and it’s time to start having some fun.
Toronto is a force to be reckoned with in the summer as everything gets amped up. Lean into spontaneity and a renewed sense of curiosity. There’s more time for connecting as you journey from Adventure A to Adventure B — and stumble upon Adventure C. From parks and pools to patios and Pride, you’re sure to find something that will get you in the summer spirit in Toronto.
Toronto's events scene is hot this summer. From music festivals to cultural celebrations (and plenty of nearby hotels), there is an event in Toronto catering to everyone's interests. Check out Now Playing Toronto for an up-to-date calendar of events so you don't miss a beat.
If there is one thing Torontonians are passionate about, it’s patio season. Don’t let summer pass you by without experiencing Toronto’s epic culinary scene, whether it’s a patio, picnic, or grab-and-go treat.
- Enjoy an al fresco brunch at one of Toronto's top brunch spots
- Experience Canada's only MICHELIN-starred restaurants (or one of these delicious alternatives)
- Treat your tastebuds to one of Toronto’s top cold desserts
- Enjoy a cocktail (or non-alcoholic beverage) with a view at these hotel rooftop bars
- Visit the historic St. Lawrence Market for some fresh eats, and be sure to visit the outdoor farmers’ market
- Grab the best takeout on Queen Street West and picnic (or people-watch) in Trinity Bellwoods Park
Summer in Toronto is meant to be spent outside. Explore the great outdoors at one of Toronto’s beloved beaches, unique green spaces, or peaceful parks and playgrounds. Pick your favourite way to soak up the sun and have some fun!
- Hit the water and see the city skyline from the middle of Lake Ontario (might we suggest a sunset stand-up paddle tour?)
- Escape the city and catch a ferry to explore the car-free Toronto Islands by bike or on foot
- Fill your Instagram feed with blooms at the Toronto Botanical Gardens
- Take advantage of the city’s ActiveTO program, where sections of some of Toronto’s busiest streets are closed to vehicle traffic to allow for cyclists and pedestrians
- Explore Toronto’s top cycling routes. And if you’re a foodie who loves art, or looking for family-friendly routes, we’ve got the path for you
As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto has over 140 neighbourhoods, each with its own unique style and vibe. Spend the summer ‘hood-hopping, and you’ll never get bored. If you're local, book a hotel (for the whole family, or for you and your furry friend) in a different part of the city to really feel like you’re somewhere else in the world.
- Explore the always bustling and eclectic Kensington Market. Pro tip: visit on a Sunday, when the market is closed to vehicle traffic, and make sure to come hungry.
- Take a tour of Toronto’s dynamic street art and shopping scene in Queen West
- Get your Pride on at the Church-Wellesley Village
- Spend an afternoon dining al fresco in Little Italy
- Bring the family out for a day in the trendy Leslieville and Riverdale neighbourhoods