Yes, summer is quickly winding to a close – though you wouldn’t know it by the blistering heat—which means it’s time to get in as much outdoor activities as we possibly can before Toronto returns to its regular state of hibernation.

Here are 10 ways you can make the most of the last remaining weeks in the sun before it’s gone for another eight months.

The Island

If you haven’t spent time sunbathing at the Island this summer, now is literally the perfect time to go for it. This heat is calling for a beach day, and now you can skip those horribly long ferry lineups via the Ritual app. Yes, please.

Canada’s Wonderland

There is no better way to spend a summer day than screaming your brains out on the insane rides you will only find at Canada’s Wonderland. Plus, the waterpark is one of the best places to beat this sweltering humidity we’ve been enduring this summer.

Toronto Cider Festival

I think it’s fair to say that cider has officially surpassed sangria as the drink of the summer. Get your fix with a wide variety of craft ciders at the Cider Festival at Dundas Square on August 27th. Tickets are $30 online or $40 at the door.

The Beaches

If the thought of a ferry ride over to the Island makes you queasy, you can still enjoy a day at the beach by heading deep east to the Beaches. It’s a great way to feel removed from the city for the day without ever leaving.

Camp Wavelength

While you might have already had your fix of camping festivals at WayHome, Camp Wavelength returns to the Island for another weekend of live music and legal camping. If you’ve always wanted to camp on the Island, take this as your golden opportunity to do so, while experiencing some of the best local music this city produces.

Sail-In Cinema

While outdoor movies are all the rage this summer, there is one festival that allows those of you with boats to literally sail up to the screen to watch a movie. This year, they will be screening Hook, Jumanji, and The Princess Bride the weekend of August 18-20. And if you don’t have a boat, the screen has two sides so you can still watch from land.

Shakespeare In The Park

Live outdoor theatre is a rare thing to witness in Toronto, and lucky for us, CanStage has been blessing us with stunning performances of Shakespeare’s classics for many years. Take the opportunity to see Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well before it closes for the season on September 4th.


Nothing says the end of summer in Toronto like a visit to The Ex. Get your fix of fast food trends, carny rides and silly games under the stars while taking in live music, and even trying your luck at the casino. The CNE runs from August 19 – September 5.


While some might consider TIFF a fall event, summer isn’t officially over until September 22nd, so TIFF counts. Catching all the celebs might feel like part of the back-to-school routine, but it’s actually how we say goodbye to summer.


Happening the final official weekend of summer, TURF allows us to end our summer each year with one last music festival, which is the best way to end it. See Death Cab For Cutie, Guided By Voices, Explosions In The Sky and more at the festival this year.

How will you spend the rest of your summer in Toronto?

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