Toronto is an amazing city all year round. The gorgeous winter snow. The budding blooms of spring. The colours of fall. But there’s one season that Toronto lives and breathes for - and that’s summer. The city transforms into a playground of festivals, patios and parties - but that’s not all there is to love about Toronto in the summer.
Toronto is a beautiful multicultural city, with a great urban vibe. It's no wonder that Toronto is the place to spend the summer. Still not convinced? Well, here's 8 reasons why Toronto is the place you should be spending your summer:
1. Unwinding with nature is so easy when you've got so many outdoor activities
Summer isn’t truly summer without an escape to nature - so where do you go to escape the busy downtown city life? Well, whether it’s hiking at Tommy Thompson park in the morning or relaxing by Sugar Beach park (it's actually picture perfect), there's lots to see and do in the summer.
You don’t need to choose between city life and stepping away into nature. And that’s not something a lot of cities can boast. Plus, it never hurts to disconnect from your phone to enjoy some quality time with friends and of course some warm sand on those toes.
2. Toronto welcomes everyone and anyone to the city
Stepping into Toronto feels like you hit the melting pot. In fact, in 2014, Toronto was named the 'most multicultural city' in the WORLD. That's right. THE WORLD. Toronto embraces diversity like no other, just think of all the little boroughs we have like Little Portugal and even Little India.
Being part of such a strong cultural mosaic means there's actually always something to do. Why not grab a bubble tea in Chinatown? Or how about a fancy Americano and a delicious cannoli from Little Italy?
3. There is always something happening every weekend from festivals to parties
Toronto is known for its festivals. It has over 100 festivals a year, whether it's food, fashion, music or comedy. No other city parties like Toronto, closing of city streets for festivals, shows, and events, with our faves like Toronto Pride Festival and The Ontario Oyster Fest. If you happen to be at one of these, make sure to check out the 7UP® Lemon Lemon™ pop-up stand and enjoy a refreshing drink of sparkling lemonade.
Summer is all about having fun with friends so disconnect from social media and remember to enjoy everything Toronto has to offer. You really don’t need to think too hard to find a new surprise around the corner in Toronto this summer.
4. It's easy to beat the heat when you've got so many amazing patios and plenty of beaches nearby
While some say Toronto is too hot in the summer, there are definitely some pretty amazing ways to cool down.
Whether it's checking out the delicious ice cream (and blue decor) at Sweet Jesus, or road-tripping to Cherry Beach (some of the coldest water in TO straight up), there are plenty of options.
However, our vote is to head to one of Toronto's many rooftop pools with your besties and savour an icy cool sparkling lemonade like 7UP® Lemon Lemon™. Nothing beats a relaxing day by the pool, sun tanning all day with a refreshing drink in hand. And don’t let the name fool you; Lemon Lemon is not just available in lemon flavour. Get into serious refreshment mode with Cucumber Mint or White Peach.
5. Do we even need to mention the food? A world of flavours comes together which is how we ended up with some of the best cuisine in the world.
Um, I think it's safe to say that our food is out of this world and the number of options for fine dining is absolutely astonishing. Craving a little Italian? We've got you covered. Indian? Speak no more.
A melting pot of cultures, there's no better place to enjoy cuisine from all over the world than Toronto. Your tastebuds are in for a real treat. Plus, it's the perfect way to escape to another country without ever leaving your favourite city.
Each week you could take a culinary adventure to a new part of the world, whether it's fine dining, a sprawling patio (we do that best) or a corner cafe.
6. Toronto's art scene is unrivaled and pretty impressive
Torontonians see the world in a way that is different to the rest of the world. While we often focus on the hustle and the 9-5 grind, it's true that Torontonians work to enjoy the finer things in life.
You can see this with our rich art culture - it's not just in the amazing galleries (I mean, for crying out loud, The Art Gallery Of Ontario is located in Toronto), but in its street art, too. A city with thousands of festivals, street art, and fashion, you can’t help but be inspired by the creativity which is seeping from the pores of this city.
Grab your fam and spend the day exploring the city to find the hidden gems on the underground art scene.
7. You can spend your weekends on a boat by the water without a care in the world
Ok guys, I don't know about you but I love water sports and a lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I spend most of my weekends on a boat by the water. So how is this possible? I'm talking about the Toronto Western Beaches.
The Toronto Western Beaches is the perfect place for some serious fun! From wakeboarding to wake surfing and even tubing, it's the perfect place to hangout on the weekends and it's one of the reasons that Toronto is the place to spend the summer.
Did I mention there's also the Toronto International Boat Show where you can go wakeboarding or waterskiing in JANUARY! Might not be summer but it just means that Toronto is amazing all year round.
8. It's the place for BFFs in summer
You might just be visiting Toronto or living here but either way, this is the place to be in summer.
Grab your besties and experience summer the carefree way: whether it’s relaxing at one of Toronto's beautiful patios or heading to one of Toronto's amazing Instagram-worthy beaches, picnicking and enjoying an icy cool can of sparkling lemonade. This. is. the. life.