If you haven’t heard, Toronto will be experiencing a mini-heat wave, with temperatures reaching to the mid-30s this week. With that in mind, it’s imperative that you know great ways to beat the heat and stay cool. Our list definitely will help you achieve a cool down, but also have fun too!
Toronto is full of pools, public and private. If you’re looking for a more upscale experience, check out the Thompson Rooftop Pool (you need to be a hotel guest or member) or Toronto’s newest hotspot, Lavelle. Don’t have a nickel to spare? Don’t fret. Toronto has public pools scattered across the city. If you’re going for the people watching, head over to ‘Dunbat‘ or Christie Pits. See a full list of Toronto’s public pools here. If neither of those options sound appealing, tap your social networks – at least one of your friends must have a pool at their condo!
Since Ontario Place closed, Splash Works has become the spot for aquatic family fun. Located within Canada’s Wonderland, splash works plays hosts to a variety of wave pools, water slides and other water games. No interest in splashing around with kids? No problem, splash works has the perfect parent chill spot with their VIP cabanas.
Pool bars have become THE spot for Toronto’s scenesters. Home of supreme opulence and vanity these pools are usually packed with the rich and the famous. The 6ix is home to two, Cabana Pool Bar and Pool Bar at Muzik. Think Miami Beach, all white everything, expensive cocktails, huge cabanas and blaring EDM. These places are definitely not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a fun spot to get hype, these places are lit! If you want a more relaxed vibe, we suggest going during the week.
Alternative: The Thompson Hotel rooftop bar and pool is a really cool place to vibe out. A little food, sunshine and booze… What more could you want?
Harbourfront Canoe + Kayak Centre
Why have a lake if you’re never going to enjoy it? The Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre is the perfect way to enjoy the water, get some exercise, and most importantly keep cool. The Canoe and Kayak Centre offers kayak, canoe and standup paddle boards rentals. Novices and beginners can take classes if needed.
The original summer hang out, the Sunnyside Pavilion and Café have been open every summer since the late 1800s. Over the years the facility has been many things, including a sports club, a “bathing house” and an amusement park. Today it’s now an event facility and beachfront café. You can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia looking at photos of old Toronto.