Toronto is a tapestry of hiking trails, bike paths and green spaces. Scale the treetops zipline-style, spend a day at the beach or head to a ballgame. Winter is no excuse to stand still. Hit the toboggan slopes, take a salsa class or join a walking tour. Toronto keeps moving all year round.
1. Cycle Toronto
Thousands of cyclists taking advantage of Toronto’s extensive bike lanes during the summer months. Join the road warriors and explore Toronto on two wheels. Check out the Welcome Cyclists Network for bike-friendly hotels, cycle tours and hire your wheels through Bike Share Toronto.
2. Locals know
Local residents make the best tour guides. Want to know more about a particular neighbourhood or district? Tap Into T.O. will match you up with a volunteer ‘Toronto Greeter’ who will show you around and share their local knowledge on the best places to eat, shop and party.
3. Tee off in Toronto
Practise your swing just minutes from downtown Toronto at Lakeview Golf Course, a designated Ontario Heritage Site and two-time host of the Canadian Open. Its leafy rolling fairways create a course that is both challenging and picturesque. Check out the Pro Shop and dine at the Clubhouse.
4. Ski & Toboggan
Join the locals as they revel in wintery fun on the many toboggan slopes around the city. Head to Centennial Park in Etobicoke for spectacular winter action with its Ski & Snowboard Centre and an excellent toboggan slope for all ages.
5. TreeTop Trekking
Soar above the forest canopy and swing Tarzan-style from tree-to tree on the zipline circuits at Treetop Trekking game parks. The Brampton Park zipline courses hover 300 metres above Heart Lake in a stunning conservation area. Appropriate for ages nine and over.
6. If the Blue Jays are in town
As any authentic Torontonian will attest, you haven’t seen Toronto until you’ve seen the Blue Jays play at Rogers Centre, ten minutes from Union Station. Join the ocean of blue and white at Toronto’s downtown baseball stadium – it’s worth it just for the electric atmosphere.
7. Walking dead
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, a walking ghost tour of Toronto is a thrilling way to uncover the city’s darkest secrets and haunted hot spots. The Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto tour features the Royal Ontario Museum, Queen’s Park, Old City Hall, and historic Osgoode Hall.
8. Hit the beach
Catch a ferry to the Toronto Islands for a day at the beach. Gibraltar Point and its lonely lighthouse offers a quiet, pristine beach for peaceful sun-baking. Feeling brave? Strip off at Hanlan’s Point Beach, the only official nude beach on the islands.
9. Salsa at Lula Lounge
Spend an evening at Lula Lounge for live salsa, jazz and world music! Get into the spirit with a free salsa lesson, sip on sangria and dance to the beat of Toronto’s most exciting jazz, Latin and world music talent. Lula Lounge is an epicentre for accomplished performers and emerging musicians.
10. Take to the trails
Outdoor enthusiasts call Toronto ‘a city within a park’, with its abundant green spaces and hundreds of kilometres of trails ready to be traversed. Head to High Park, west of downtown, resplendent with wild forests, Chinese gardens and hiking trails along the waterfront.