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7 Ways To Celebrate The Start Of Summer In Toronto

Including a chance to win $10,000 weekly!

The birds are chirping, the nights are balmy and it's finally time to bask in the sun. From spending lazy days at the park working on that summer glow to adventures like kayaking and hiking, there's plenty that can be done both in Toronto and its surroundings to make the most of summer.

Saying goodbye to the cold feels great, and this summer seems like it might be one of the best yet. Simple pleasures like biking with friends or a barbecue in your backyard are finally within reach, and if you're looking for a cold drink to match the vibe, a refreshing Pepsi® cola should be on your list — especially if you're interested in the chance to win awesome summer prizes.

Starting June 13, Canadians will have the chance to win thousands of prizes with Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Just keep an eye out for specially marked Pepsi products, which will include a code that gives you the chance to win a weekly grand prize of $10,000, or one of the thousands of summer prizes up for grabs including bicycles, paddleboards, barbecue grills, shirts, backpacks, hats, and much more.

If you don't quite know where to start this summer, take inspiration from this list of seven different things you can do in Toronto and nearby to kick off the sunny season.

Spend The Day At A Lake & Soak Up The Sun

Why You Need To Do It: Days spent by the lake are a must over the summer. Besides the obvious opportunity to get some vitamin D, water sports are also an exciting way to enjoy the scenery and change things up a bit.

From paddle boarding and tubing to kayaking and jet skiing, the possibilities are almost endless. You might even win a brand new paddleboard in Pepsi's summer contest.

Take A Sunset Stroll Along Polson Pier

Why You Need To Do It: If you haven't already seen the sunset from Polson Pier, this is something you don't want to miss. This breathtaking spot is possibly the best vantage point in the city to watch the sun go down in the summer.

Relax at the water's edge or head south along the boardwalk and, if you're lucky, you'll find a few empty benches to sit on while you enjoy the incredible colours of a Toronto summer sunset.

Fire Up The BBQ

Why You Need To Do It: Is there a better way to enjoy balmy temperatures, sunny weather and the company of your household than a backyard barbecue? Fire up the grill (you could even win one in the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest) and start preparing the flavours of summer — juicy burgers, perfectly barbecued veggies, and grilled peaches for dessert.

Try Out Toronto's Best Ice Cream Spots

Why You Need To Do It: From cup to cone, Toronto is home to some of the best ice cream there is, and trying different spots until you find your favourite is a delicious way to spend the summer. Some great ones to start off with could be Bang Bang Ice Cream, The Landsdowne Cone and Kekou Gelato.

If you're still looking for a way to cool down, picking up a Pepsi is a refreshing idea too — especially if you want a chance at winning $10,000 every week.

Support Local Businesses With A Picnic

Why You Need To Do It: If the weather is looking especially good then grab your speakers and blanket and head to the park with a ready-made picnic experience. The pandemic has broadened the scope of outdoor activities available and if you haven't already tried out a picnic kit from a local restaurant, you're missing out.

With your tasty meal all packed and ready to go, all you have to do is set up your spot and enjoy the delicious food.

Have An Adventure On Toronto Island

Why You Need To Go: Toronto Island has something for everyone. To get there just hop on a ferry or water taxi and enjoy a day of hiking, swimming and exploring. If you really want to get into the summer spirit, consider renting out a tandem bike and take a tour of the charming houses peppered along the trails, or picking up a kayak for a paddle around the island.

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Stock Up On The Season's Berries At Andrew's Farm

Why You Need To Go: Fresh strawberries and raspberries are essential when packing a fresh and fruity picnic basket. Take a day trip from Toronto and head to Andrew's Farm for a day spent choosing your berries under the sun. They're open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Entrance is free until June 12 with produce at $4.25 per pound.

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Whether you're looking to chill out and relax or head out on a summer adventure, the different ways to kick off the most anticipated season of the year are endless.

Plus, you can win the chance to upgrade your summer with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Enter for your shot at winning $10,000 weekly, along with thousands of other amazing instant prizes. So the next time you sip on a Pepsi, be sure to keep an eye out for specially marked products with on-pack codes. Redeem your code for a chance to win.

To learn more about the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest, check out Pepsi's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.