30 Free Things You Just Gotta Do This April In Toronto
Time for Spring adventures!
Spring has finally reached the city of Toronto and with that comes tons of opportunities to get outside and soak up the sun again! April is the time when flowers start to bloom, we get longer days with sunlight later into the evenings and the temperature is finally hitting those positive numbers consistently.
It's a month to celebrate that's for sure and why not do this by spending time exploring the great city of Toronto! There's no shortage of amazing parks, museums, hiking trails, and historical spots to visit in the city that won't cost you a dime.
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30. Head to High Park to see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom.
High Park is famous for it's beautiful Cherry Blossom trees that bloom every Spring season. They attract thousands of people that come to admire them and take pictures of them! Though you'll have to wait until the end of April to beginning of May to visit, they're definitely worth the wait.
29. Visit the Winter Stations in The Beaches one last time!
The last day of the amazing installations at the lifeguard stations across the beach is April 1st! If you haven't yet taken a stroll to see these unique and meaningful pieces this is your last chance to get down there before they're gone until next winter.
28. Take a photo with the Toronto sign at Humber Bay Park.
Local Toronto artists created this unique Toronto sign out of drift wood in the beautiful Humber Bay Park. It's a stunning place for a photograph with the Toronto skyline in the background!
27. Go window shopping on Ossington.
Ossington is one of my favourite streets in the city to window shop on. They have tons of cute boutiques, clothing stores, cafes and restaurants to admire while you're strolling along! Plus you'll see tons of amazing street art that you can snap some pictures of.
26. Take a hike at the Scarborough Bluffs for amazing views.
Hike around the Scarborough Bluffs area for gorgeous views of the bright turquoise water below! There's tons of hiking trails, a sandy beach and picnic tables to enjoy a nice lunch in nature.
25. Spend a fun day with your family at the Beaches Easter Parade.
Every year the Beaches holds a fun parade for Easter that goes along the length of Queen Street. There will be bands, festive floats, free chocolate eggs for children and even some Toronto olympians making an appearance!
24. Visit the Leslieville Flea Market in the Distillery District.
The Leslieville Flea Market will officially start up in Leslieville in June, once the weather is finally nice but it's starting off the season at it's first pop-up location in the Distillery! On April 15th head to the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery and find rows and rows of vintage and handcrafted goods.
23. Watch a stunning sunset over the city at Polson Pier.
Polson Pier is the best place in the entire city to watch the sunset. You get amazing views of the city skyline and you can see the sun slipping away right behind it. It's a favourite for photographers across Toronto because it's the most scenic spot.
22. Head to Osgoode Hall to admire the Spring flowers.
Osgoode Hall is a gorgeous piece of architecture in the city that holds significance in Toronto history. It's currently law offices and court rooms but out front is where all the Spring magic is with a garden full of stunning flowers!
21. Enjoy some art at Gallery Arcturus.
Gallery Arcturus is a public art gallery that's completely free to the public. They host tons of exhibits throughout the year and is completely non-profit which is amazing for anyone in the city that loves art!
20. Go for a run or casual stroll along the Beltline Trail
The Beltline Trail lies in the heart of the city and is the perfect trail for a gorgeous Spring hike. It's 9 km in total and is split into 3 parts for easy hiking, running and biking!
19. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the city at Riverdale Park.
Riverdale Park offers one of the best views in the city of the Toronto skyline. It's the perfect place to visit once the weather warms up a bit and enjoy a romantic picnic in the park!
18. Enjoy a quiet afternoon at the stunning Toronto Reference Library.
The Toronto Reference Library is more than just a public library in the city, it's a landmark. It's home to rows and rows of manuscripts and books to peruse and there's tons of tables where you can enjoy the gorgeous space and catch up on your work.
17. Take a photo tour of Toronto's.
As much as we all hate to admit it, a lot of the things we do in our lives are for Instagram. Neon signs are all the rage right now and Toronto has no shortage of cute spots with their own version of neon signs! Take a tour of the best ones and keep your Instagram on trend.
16. Visit the amazing Aga Khan Museum.
The stunning Aga Khan Museum is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. It's a museum dedicated to Islamic art and culture and is meant to give us a realistic outlook on Islamic civilizations. On Wednesday evenings you can visit this museum completely free!
15. Spend some time in the unique Kensington Market.
A lot of people reading this probably already know about Kensington Market but it's one of those places that comes alive in warmer weather! There will be more to see and do on the streets as shops bring out their goods onto the sidewalk. It's the perfect time to peruse the streets!
14. Visit the eclectic Bata Shoe Museum.
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is all about celebrating the crazy, cool and colourful shoes that have been created over the years by famous shoe designers. On Thursday evenings from 5-8pm you can visit this amazing museum for free!
13. Take a tour of the city with The Tour Guys.
The Tour Guys offer free walking tours of Toronto which is an amazing way to see all the best sites in the city. The tours take you to all the coolest places and you don't have to pay a dime, although tipping your guide at the end of the tour is highly encouraged.
12. See the Spring flowers in bloom at the stunning Allan Gardens.
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is located right downtown and is the perfect green space to escape in the city. Until the end of April all the beautiful Spring flowers will be in bloom creating a colourful, fragrant greenhouse. Entrance is completely free and they're open all 365 days out of the year.
11. Take a break in St. James Park downtown.
St. James Park is like a magical nature oasis in the heart of the city. It's the perfect place to take a stroll at the beginning of Spring as the beautiful flowers start to bloom. You can even enjoy a nice picnic here on a warm sunny day.
10. Spend a sunny day at the adorable Sugar Beach.
Sugar Beach is one of the prettiest waterfront beaches in the city. They have adorable pink umbrellas and comfortable white chairs that are perfect to lounge on a sunny day!
9. Explore the isles of book at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Our very own U of T is home to the largest library of rare books and manuscripts in the entire country! They hold rare papers written by Canadian figures like Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen and even some collections of monster stories from the 18th century.
8. Drive just 1 hr outside of the city to see the waterfalls at Belfountain Conservation Area.
The Belfountain Conservation Area is home to tons of hiking trails, adorable fountains, quaint suspension bridges and these stunning waterfalls! It's the perfect place for a road trip that's just outside the city limits.
7. See the Cherry Blossoms in bloom at Trinity Bellwoods Park.
If you're looking to avoid all the hoards of people at High Park, Trinity Bellwoods is a great alternative option to see the amazing Spring blooms. This park has a bunch of beautiful Cherry Blossom trees that are just as good as the popular High Park trees.
6. Enjoy some free art at The Power Plant gallery.
The Power Plant is part of the Harbourfront Centre and is always offering free art exhibits to the public. You can see tons of amazing local artists put their amazing pieces up in this gallery all year round.
5. Wander through the urban oasis that is Cloud Gardens.
Cloud Gardens is located in the heart of Downtown Toronto and offers a mix of urban life with natural ecosystems. It's completely free to the public and is the perfect place to go and reconnect with nature.
4. Explore the supposedly haunted Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
Located on the Toronto Islands is the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse that was built back in 1807. It's supposedly where Toronto's first lightkeeper was murdered in 1815 and is said to be haunted to this day. If you're brave enough, visit this spot at night!
3. Take some photos of the amazing Humber Bay Arch Bridge.
The Humber Bay Arch Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist only bridge that's perfect for a warm April stroll. It's a popular spot amongst photographers for amazing pictures because of the unique shape of the bridge and the water surrounding it.
2. Hang out for a while in thedowntown.
Toronto's U of T has a lot going for it including this hidden bamboo forest in one of their buildings! Located in The Donnelly Centre, a building dedicated to cellular and bimolecular research, you can find this unique bamboo forest which is perfect for a quiet afternoon studying or working.
1. Spend your evening at the AGO.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is always hosting amazing exhibits but it can definitely be a little pricey to see them. On Wednesday nights from 6-9pm you can visit the AGO for free completely to see their best exhibits!