My Toronto Summer Wishlist: 6 Fun Outdoor Activities In Toronto

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Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the most populous city in Canada and it has a rich and diverse history and culture. Its museums, theatres, parks, historical sites, skyscrapers, festivals and outdoor activities attract over 43 million tourists every year!

I have never been to Toronto, in fact, I’ve never even been to Canada. However, it’s high up on my list of places I’d like to visit! I have a friend who lived in Toronto for a while and I’ve heard so many great things about it.

It’s unlikely that I will be able to visit Toronto this summer, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming up a summer wishlist of things I’d like to do there! Read on to discover 6 fun outdoor activities in Toronto that I’d love to do.

A view of Toronto at night time, featuring a lit up Toronto sign reflecting in the water, with buildings in the background.
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Are you moving to Toronto?

Some of you reading this may be considering moving to Toronto in the near future. Toronto is a beautiful place to live, in fact, The Economist ranked it one of the best places to live in the world. I mean, just check out these homes for sale in Toronto. Gorgeous, right?

If you are moving to Toronto, I hope this post will give you some great ideas of things to do when you get there. Your first weeks and months living in Toronto are the perfect time to act like a tourist and get to know all the popular summer attractions!

6 Things To Do In Toronto In The Summer

6 Fun Outdoor Activities In Toronto

1. Take an Aerial Tour

iflyTOTO offers an amazing aerial tour of Toronto in a fixed-wing aircraft. Just imagine the breathtaking views as you soar high above the city on a sunny day! This is an experience I wouldn’t want to miss if I visited Toronto in the summer.

2. Take a Harbour Tour

If flying is not for you, a harbour tour is a more relaxed way to see the city. This boat tour includes live narration, and in the summer there is an opportunity to stop off at Toronto Island which is home to parks, amusements and beaches. The perfect destination for a summer day!

People sitting on benches on Toronto Island, with a view across the water to the Toronto skyline including the CN Tower.
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3. Go up the CN Tower

The CN Tower stands at 553 meters and towers above the rest of the Toronto skyline. You won’t miss it, as it’s visible from almost anywhere in the city. Taking a trip up the tower is a classic tourist activity and you’ll want to do it at least once when you visit Toronto.

The highest viewing area is the Sky Pod, from which you can see as far as Niagara Falls and New York State on a clear summer’s day. For the brave among you, you can try the ‘Edge Walk’ which is a narrow ledge on the outside of the main viewing area. You will of course be attached to a safety harness and rope!

4. Explore the Old Town

As the name suggests, the Old Town is the oldest neighbourhood in Toronto. It has a lot of history, which you can discover by playing a fun exploration game! All you have to do is download an app onto your phone, and it will guide you to solve fun puzzles and challenges which reveal amazing places and stories in the Old Town.

The app is available 24/7 so this would be a great activity to slot in if you have some free time in your holiday schedule. I love games and puzzles so this sounds right up my street! I’d definitely love to try this if I visit Toronto.

5. Visit Niagara Falls

Although not technically in Toronto, you can get to Niagara Falls from Toronto in about an hour and a half. It would make a great scenic day trip, especially in the summer! This is such an iconic landmark and I wouldn’t want to miss it.

Niagara Falls
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6. Go to Toronto Zoo

Nothing screams summer more than a day out at the zoo. If you are an animal lover, Toronto Zoo is the perfect destination! They house a diverse selection of animals including polar bears, orangutans, hippos, lions, tigers and many more. Toronto Zoo are committed to the welfare of their animals, and they run many successful conservation programs, so it’s a great zoo to support.

Whether you are moving to Toronto or just dreaming of a holiday there, I hope this list of outdoor activities in Toronto has given you some inspiration! Within the next few years, I hope to have the opportunity to make a summer visit to Toronto and visit all these places. Have you ever been to Toronto? Did you do any of these activities? Please share your experience in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. These are fun suggestions for visiting Toronto! I went back in 2018 and visited Niagra falls – I cannot recommend it enough, it’s beautiful x

    mia //

    1. Sophie says:

      Ahh I really want to go there! I’m so glad you loved it there! x

  2. Toronto sounds like loads of fun and I definitely would love to see Niagara Falls from there. You’ve expertly outlined some really incredible tourist hot spots and fun things to do. I will be referring back to your blog post if I am to ever plan a vacation there!

    1. Sophie says:

      I would really love to go there too! I’m so glad you’ve found this post useful for potential future vacations! x

  3. I would absolutely LOVE to go to Toronto, it’s high up on my bucket list for travel! I’d love to see Niagara Falls too!

    1. Sophie says:

      It’s high up on my travel list too! I hope you get to go there someday 🙂

  4. I loved this post – it brought back tons of amazing Toronto memories! My last trip out there was in 2018 and I’m hoping to go back in a couple of years’ time. I’ve done 3, 4 and 5 from your list (though I wish I’d known about the app for exploring the Old Town when I was there!) Niagara was absolutely stunning and well worth an early-morning drive down to see it before it gets busy.

    I’ll have to add 1, 2 and 6 to my list for next time! Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you get out to visit Tdot soon! ❤️

    1. Sophie says:

      I’m so glad this post brought back good memories for you! That’s a great tip to visit Niagara early in the morning before it gets busy. I imagine it gets very busy at peak times! I hope you get a chance to visit again soon and do 1, 2 and 6! Thank you for reading and commenting! x

  5. There are some great suggestions here. For anyone that is even close to Toronto and hasn’t been up the CN Tower at least once, it’s one of those experiences that everyone needs to have at one time or another. If plans allow, I would suggest taking more than a day trip to Niagara Falls – there is SOOO much to do there! If you are a wine drinker, check out Niagara on the Lake too. Beautiful wineries everywhere!

    1. Sophie says:

      I would absolutely go up the CN Tower when I get the chance to visit Toronto! Thank you for the advice about spending more than a day at Niagara Falls, and visiting the wineries. It sounds amazing!

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