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During your visit to Toronto, things to do on your travel itinerary should include a stop at some of Toronto's most beloved and entertaining outdoor activity destinations. If you love fresh air and exercising in the outdoors, plan on doing either of the following during your stay:
Hike, Bike, Boat and Relax at Toronto Island Park
Toronto Island Park has outdoor activities for everyone in the family. There's a mini amusement park with rides and games, but if you're looking for more traditional outdoor activity, you can go hiking, rent tandem bikes or go canoeing, to name just a few activities. The series of three islands are entirely connected to one another and only accessible via ferries at Bay Street and Queens Quay.
The approximately 568-acre islands are completely car-free--the largest geographical area in North America that is free of cars--and an ideal retreat for the outdoor enthusiast visiting Toronto. Bring your own bikes or rent them on the island and ride circles through the mile and a half bicycle trail circumventing the islands. Relax at one of two public beaches in July and August or play tennis, volleyball or softball at multiple fields and courts across the islands. You can also go swimming or wading at pools scattered throughout the islands. Rent boats and canoes or go golfing. Roundtrip ferry costs to the island are $6.50 per adult and $3 per child. How much else you spend on the island depends on whether you rent equipment or make purchases. You can spend an entirely free day hiking or picnicking once you arrive at the island.
Walk, Picnic and Bike throughout Toronto High Park
You won't have to use a ferry to access Toronto High Park, which is located at the heart of central Toronto and has an expanse of almost 400 acres. Popular outdoor activities include biking and walking while observing the trees, flowers and historical architecture that pepper the expanse. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal under the shade of a tree or at a picnic bench. You can also play tennis or squash at courts or swim at at the community center. An open-year-long zoo featuring bison, deer, llama and more offers free admission within the High Park grounds.
Most activities within High Park are free and even parking is free. If you plan to be there on Sunday, you may be able to take a free walking tour of the park offered by Colborne Lodge, the historical estate home that once housed the original settler owner of the park land.
Every year jazz lovers in Toronto head to the Beaches. The Queen Street East between Woodbine and Victoria Park humms with the sounds of saxofones, trumpets, pianos, drums...
People walking down the streets and nodding their heads to the smooth tunes or just stroling down the beach and stoping over in a park with an entire orchestra playing classic or modern jazz and all of that goodness and joy and fun is all entirely free. Unless of course you stop over at a bar, take a seat on their patio and decide to order a drink with your Miles Davis. When you find yourself in more..
Once a month (last Sunday, but see website for exact dates) from 1-7pm, Kensington Market area is pedestrianised and turned into one big street festival. Kensington Market is an interesting enough area to start with, with hundreds of small 'hippy' type shops, organic fruit and veg markets and bohemian bars and cafes. The Pedestrian Sundays brings the area alive, filled with bands and musicians, street performers and craft and food stalls. Definately worth a visit to bring out the inner hippy in you!
Harbourfront Centre is THE place to be during the summer, where they hold free concerts, innovative dance performances, workshops and films... ALL FOR FREE! Guests have included Broken Social Scene, Cinematic Orchestra and awesome local musicians. They have breakdancing competitions, ceramics workshops, food festivals and loads more. Plus a lakeside view, amazing food and open green space for lazing around.
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Brickworks is an abandoned factory along the Don Valley, best accessed by bike (there is a Don Velley bike trail that can lead you there). If you climb the chainlink fence, you can see all the old machinery of the brick factory. Great for photographers.
Seeing Brickworks is also a nice excuse to bike along the Don Valley, the calm of the forest in the heart of the city is pretty humbling. The forest trail is completely shaded, and passes through some open space parks where you can stop for picnics or a game of frisbee.
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