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There are tons of things to do outdoors when you are visiting Toronto, but my favorites all just happen to take place during the warmer months.
Nothing says summer in the city quite like an outdoor concert. Toronto is home to a few outdoor venues, including an amphitheater, a beach-style venue and a larger, festival-sized venue. The ones to look out for are Molson Amphitheatre, Echo Beach and Downsview Park.
Another great way to get outdoors in Toronto is by cycling, You can either rent a bike and roam the city on your own, or join a bike tour.
Toronto might not be by the ocean, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a peaceful day on the beach. And, you can do just that without ever having to leave the city. The best beaches in Toronto include The Beaches, Hanlan’s Point, Sugar Beach and Cherry Beach.
Let the summer begin. Think because you’re in the city outdoor activities don’t exist? Think again.
Cycling is cool.
The city has created a web of bike lanes with more on the books. It’s a fabulous way to visit all the neighborhood pockets. For rentals check with Bixi Toronto.
Canoeing is wild.
I totally enjoy hopping inside a retro Voyageur canoe (it’s wider and deeper than the regular ones) and paddling out to the Toronto Islands. See Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre for rentals.
Another great nautical route is kayaking or canoeing by the glass calm Humber River. A local outfitter Toronto Adventures is available under the Old Mill Station by the river and has a nice selection of crayon-colored floating vessels. I love the cherry red kayaks – they pop out at you and can be seen for miles.
The whole experience feels like you have entered a scene from the African Queen. Lots of vegetation on both sides, slow moving water, the Humber River is gorgeous!!