Every couple goes through their share of thinking that they have exhausted all possible date night options. However, with summer creeping just around the corner, thereâ€™s no shortage of things to do in Toronto. From activities that allow you to escape the heat to enjoying the beautiful natural resources of the city, we have you covered with having an unforgettable summer with your significant other.
Hit up one of Torontoâ€™s many Food Festivals
Toronto has wide selection of food festivals that happen every summer! From Taste of Asia to Torontoâ€™s Ribfest, there is bound to be a festival that satisfies your tastes.
Cool off at one of Torontoâ€™s ice cream parlours
Summertime in Toronto means it’sÂ time to cool off with some of the cityâ€™s best frozen treats. Satisfy your sweet tooth for extravagant cones, scoops, and ice cream sandwiches, by trying out all the unique ice cream and gelato shops in the city. Some suggestions include; Sweet Jesus, Evaâ€™s Original Chimneyâ€™s, Arctic Bites, and La Paloma.
Spend a day at Kensington Market
Take a stroll in one of Torontoâ€™s most unique and lively neighbourhoods â€“ the one and only Kensington Market. This neighbourhood is full of local businesses, including art shops, bars, vintage stores, and cafes. Itâ€™s nearly impossible to become bored in Kensington Market, despite its small size. Sundays are perfect for this date idea, as it is labelled â€śPedestrian Sundays in Kensingtonâ€ť since they close down the streets and Torontoâ€™s local artists, musicians, and performers come out.
Although closed until the beginning of August, visiting Toronto Islands is a must during the summer months. With bike trails and canoeing, music festivals of all genres, beaches to tan on, and a miniature theme park with an outdoor maze to become a little kid again, the Islands is enjoyable for all.
Spend the day cooling off by visiting this gigantic aquarium boasting 35,000 square feet of sea and freshwater creatures. With sharks, stingrays that you can pet, and daily shows, the Aquarium makes a perfect date. Bonus points, the Aquarium is located right by the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre, which makes for a scenic walk and lots of things to do on a date.
If youâ€™re wild about your significant other and animals, definitely head over to Toronto Zoo during the summer! This enormous zoo will take up the entire day to explore, as it comprises of seven unique regions, including a Tundra Trek and a Canadian wildlife section.
Whether it’s private, elegant, casual, sprawling, or shaded, a patio date can be one of the loveliest ways to enjoy an evening with your significant other. Torontoâ€™s plethora of restaurants, cafes, and bars will have you covered with finding a perfect patio for you and your date. Here are just a few of my suggestions: Amsterdam Brewhouse, The Wallflower, Bandit Brewery, Gusto 101, El Catrin, The Dime, and Queen Mother CafĂ©.
With summer in full swing and gorgeous weather peeking in, a picnic is the perfect date to enjoy food, nature, and especially your loved oneâ€™s presence. Hereâ€™s a small list of Torontoâ€™s most beautiful parks so that you can escape the urban jungle and enjoy the cityâ€™s greenery: Bluffers Park, High Park, Riverdale Park, Dufferin Grove, and Edwards Gardens.
Movie under the stars/outdoor screening
Free outdoor movies appear often throughout the summer amongst various venues and parks in Toronto. Catch a flick with your loved one in the city or go for a short cruise to a drive-in theater along the GTA. My picks include the 5 Drive-in located in Oakville, Landing Parkâ€™s City Place, Regent Parkâ€™s Weekly Under the Stars movie night, and Toronto Harbourfrontâ€™s Free Flicks.
Day trip in Niagara Falls
Take the GO transit, Greyhound, or your own vehicle, and enjoy a weekend getaway at Niagara Falls. Spend the day as tourists and check out the gorgeous Falls by taking the Maid of the Mist or by simply walking along the beautiful path. Also, if you are a shopping enthusiast, there are plenty of outlet stores and malls nearby, as well as the obvious option of crossing over to the States! Finally, enjoy Clifton Hill and its many touristy attractions including, haunted houses, funhouses, and wax museums.
Support a local farm while experiencing a fruitful and tasty experience by picking berries in the GTA. Some farms include Whittamoreâ€™s Berry Farm in Markham, the Applewood Farm Winery in Stouffville, Downeyâ€™s Farm Market in Brampton, and Walch Family Strawberries in Stratford.
By: Maryam Sorkhou
Maryam Sorkhou is a second year student specializing in psychology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests comprise of mood and personality disorders. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical and counselling psychology, in which she can reduce the stigmas that are often associated with mental illness.