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There's no need for another night of Netflix when you can take your S/O on one of these Toronto summer dates instead.
From macaron-topped ice cream to sunset feasts, there are lots of things to choose from when it comes to spending time with your favourite person.
Price: Free admission
When: Weekends from June 18 to September 19, 2021
Address: 520 Progress Ave., Scarborough, ON
Why You Need To Go: Indulge in a late-night feast at the Eats Night Market, the city's very first international night market of its kind.
Price: $18 rental fee for first hour
When: Opening June 19, 2021
Address: 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Spend the day like you're in Venice Beach in the '70s at Retro Rolla's rollerskating experience. You can glide around a figure-eight-shaped trail in colourful skates.
Price: Prices vary
Address: 18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: El Catrin's trendy patio and delicious Mexican dishes make it the perfect spot for a summer date. Plus, the sizeable margaritas will steal your heart.
Price: $8.50 ferry fee per adult
Address: 9 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Toronto Islands are a great place to spend a summer day, and you can take a dip in the lake, rent a bike, or do some exploring together.
Price: Free delivery for $30 minimum order
When: All summer
Address: Riverdale Park, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Il Fornello will deliver an Italian feast to Riverdale Park, so you can catch the sunset while enjoying delicious food.
Price: Prices vary
Address: 780 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Nadège Ice Cream Shop will give you a little taste of Paris with its swoon-worthy macaron scoops.
Price: $20 per one car with 2 people
When: Opening June 18, 2021
Address: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto ON
Why You Need To Go: You can forget your usual Netflix night and catch a movie under the stars at the Ontario Place Drive-In.
Price: $40+ per rental
When: Multiple dates
Address: 9 Old Mill Rd., Etobicoke, ON
Why You Need To Go: Paddle your way into a concert at Toronto Adventures, where you can rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy some music on the Humber River.
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.
Yes to patios, no to haircuts! ✂️
Now that Ontario's step one has officially begun, there are so many more things that you can do this weekend. Keep in mind, though, that there are still some things that are off-limits until later stages of reopening.
If you're looking to do some shopping, businesses in malls that have a public entrance that opens onto a street or exterior sidewalk are open. If you want to watch a movie instead of spending another night with Netflix, you can visit a drive-in theatre now.
These are some of the things that are now allowed in Ontario during step one of the reopening roadmap:
If you're out at a patio, no more than four people can be seated together at a table unless everyone is a member of the same household, a member of up to one other household who lives alone, or a caregiver for a member of either household.
Amusement parks, personal care services, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, indoor museums and casinos can't be open right now and indoor dining and indoor gatherings are not allowed either. Those restrictions will be lifted in steps two and three.
The origins of the Village can be traced back to the early 1800s.
While Torontonians may know the Church-Wellesley Village as the home of the LGBTQ2+ community, it wasn't always the welcoming and vibrant neighbourhood it is today.
The roots of the Village can be traced back to the early 1800s and a man sometimes referred to as a "gay pioneer" named Alexander Wood, who would purchase a large chunk of land in the area.
Although there has been a statue honouring Wood at the corner of Alexander St. and Church St. since 2005, there have been recent calls for its removal from the Church-Wellesley Village BIA because of ties to the residential school system.
Since Wood's time, the Village has undergone many changes that have affected the community, but perhaps most notable among them were the 1981 Toronto Bathhouse Raids which saw police officers target the gay community by raiding multiple bathhouses and arresting roughly 300 people.
Following the raids, the community came together with Church St. eventually becoming the heart of the LGBTQ2+ community in Toronto.