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While summer officially started on June 20, the unofficial kickoff has always been the July long weekend. The holiday means that many Torontonians have some time off to head out on day trips in and around the city. Although there are still some restrictions in place, Toronto offers plenty of things to do this long weekend for some fun in the sun.
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If you're checking out Toronto's great parks, hitting the beach or venturing outside of the city to chase some beautiful waterfalls with a Pepsi cola in hand, you could end up winning some awesome summer stuff.
Head Out On A Toronto Park Tour
Why You Need To Go: There are plenty of parks around the city for relaxing, having a picnic or reading your favourite book. Riverdale Park in the East End provides some beautiful views of the CN Tower and Toronto skyline, while High Park has plenty of wildlife and trees for you to enjoy.
If you're looking for trails to walk, bike or jog along, Corktown Common is a hidden gem in the city's Canary District. Set on 18 acres of reclaimed industrial land, it's fully equipped with playgrounds, vast lawns, ponds and a fire pit.
Wonder At The Waterfalls In Hamilton
Why You Need To Go: Hamilton, which is less than an hour away from Toronto, is home to over 100 incredible waterfalls like Webster's Falls, Albion Falls and Tiffany Falls. On a hot summer day, nothing compares to basking in the cool mist of a waterfall and dipping your toes in a stream.
Pack some snacks, SPF and a towel in your backpack — you may even win one courtesy of Pepsi — and you're ready to go exploring.
Go Wildlife Spotting At Algonquin Park
Price: Free Monday to Thursday, $21 per vehicle Friday to Sunday
Address: Hwy. 60, ON
Why You Need To Go: Algonquin Park, located about three hours north of Toronto, is the place to go for spotting animals in their native habitat. This provincial park is home to over 50 kinds of mammals including moose, deer, beavers and even black bears.
Don't forget to pack your binoculars for this eye-opening trip where you can see over 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, and more than 140 different kinds of birds.
Go Biking On Toronto Island
Address: 9 Queen's Quay W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Jump on the ferry and head over to Toronto Island with your old faithful bicycle, or some brand-new wheels if you're lucky enough to win a bike in Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. There are plenty of trails to explore, and when you get tired you can take a refreshing dip at the beach.
Go Forest Bathing
Why You Need To Go: When the weather starts getting hot, heading to the forest is great for cooling off and getting in touch with your mindful side. One of the best ways to centre yourself and connect with nature is through the Japanese art of forest bathing.
Forest bathing is very simple: all you have to do is walk around, enjoying the smells, sights, sounds and things you can touch in the forest. It's not exercise — it's more of an experience to help ground and relax you. The best part is that you don't even have to leave the city to try it out. Glendon Forest or Crothers Woods are two places in Toronto where you can give this a go.
Have A Date Weekend In Prince Edward County
Address: Prince Edward County, ON
Why You Need To Do It: Long weekends are great for putting in some time with your S/O. If you live in or close to Prince Edward County, there are plenty of things for you to do on your date weekend including hiking, dinner on a patio or relaxing on the beach.
If you enjoy shopping, Prince Edward County has many unique shops that you can check out (just remember to follow all COVID-19 rules and regulations). Or you can rent a boat and head out onto the water to take in some stunning views of the County.
Plus, if you wanted to stay overnight, there are campgrounds, private cottages and glamping spots available. Just make sure to book ahead.
Explore A Niagara Winery
Address: 290 John St. E., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Why You Need To Do It: Now that patios are open and outdoor dining is permitted, checking out any of the wineries in Niagara is a must for anyone looking to sip some delicious vino and get their hands on some tasty treats.
There are plenty of beautiful wineries open but if you're looking for a suggestion, how about Peller Estates? The views at this winery are Instagram-worthy, and their wine has become a must-try for anyone visiting the area. Just remember to book a spot ahead of time and follow COVID-19 instructions during your visit.
Hit The Water At Humber River
Address: 9 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke, ON
Why You Need To Do It: If floating in the water sounds like the perfect activity this July long weekend, then you're in luck. Head to any of the shores around Toronto and bring your own paddleboard — unless you win one courtesy of Pepsi — for a fun day out on the water.
If you don't have your own paddleboard, you can rent a kayak and go paddling on Humber River. You can rent a single kayak or a tandem if you want to paddle along with a friend. Lessons are also available for beginners or those who want a refresher.
Whether you go forest bathing, enjoy a refreshing drink on a patio, spend the day on Toronto Island or kayak down the river, there are many things to do this July long weekend around Toronto.
Pepsi's here to help you make the most of summer with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Just keep an eye out for specially marked Pepsi products with codes on the packages for your chance to have the best summer ever.
To learn more about how you can win summer prizes with Drink Pepsi, Get Summer Stuff, visit the contest website or check out Pepsi's Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook pages for more info.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.