Ahhh, springtime. Trees get leaves again, flowers start to bloom, and the weather finally begins to pick back up. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors and soak up the season.
Here are some great ways to enjoy spring in Toronto.
1. Take a Leisurely Bike Ride
Hop on a bike. There are plenty of amazing spots around the city to explore on two-wheels with paved paths and scenic views such as the Martin Goodman Trail and Leslie Street Spit Multi-Use Trail. If you don’t have a bike, go your own way by renting one at Bike Share Toronto or by taking a tour suited to your interests with Toronto Bicycle Tours.
2. Attend a Street Festival
Many neighbourhoods transform their busy traffic filled streets and crossways into a pedestrian-friendly environment. The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Fest (May 13), the Waterfront Artist Market kickoff (May 20), the first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday (May 28), and Dundas West Fest (June 3) are just a few of the festivals worth checking out in the city.
3. Shop at a Farmers’ Market
What better way to celebrate spring than with nature’s bounties? With warm weather comes tasty produce, head to a farmers’ market for the freshest crops spring has to offer. Support local growers by picking up seasonal favourites like asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb. The Sorauren Market, Trinity Bellwoods Market, Leslieville Market, are just a few to get you started.
4. Have a Picnic
You don’t have to lay down the checkered blanket and carry wicker baskets, but getting all your friends together for a big outdoor lunch is a great way to kick off the season. There’s plenty of grassy space to find in Trinity Bellwoods Park, High Park which has designated picnic areas, Christie Pits, and Riverdale Park East. If you want a great view of the city skyline, hop on a ferry to Ward’s Island.
5. Enjoy Outdoor Dining
With the long dreary winter season, everyone flocks to a patio once the nice hits for outdoor dining. The city is full of patios, rooftops, beer gardens and other outdoor spaces to enjoy some delicious offerings.
6. Watch a Blue Jay Game
Sit back relax and watch a ball game. The Rogers Centre, formerly known as the SkyDome, is home to the Toronto Blue Jays.
7. Get a Scoop at the Best Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Shops
Grab a sweet treat and walk around a neighbourhood. A Toronto staple for decades, Ed’s Real Scoop serves up classic flavours where there’s something for everyone. Located on Ossington is Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery, a popular spot for decadent ice cream cookie sandwiches and stuffed waffles. Looking for something more unique? Head over to Kekou Gelato on Queen West for their Asian inspired gelato flavours such as HK milk tea, black sesame and even durian.
8. Explore Toronto’s Most Significant Buildings
The city’s annual, two-day-long celebration of architecture returns on May 25 -26th with Doors Open Toronto. Get behind the scenes access to historically and culturally significant buildings across Toronto. This year’s anniversary theme is “20 Something,” celebrating the first 20 years of Doors Open Toronto while looking forward to the next 20 years.
9. See Cute Baby Animals at the Zoo
There are many baby animals that are born at the Toronto Zoo but 2019 brings a lot of new exotic additions that are absolutely adorable. There’s Penelope the pygmy hippo, Obi the zebra, Carrie the golden lion tamarin, Hazel and Ginger the hoglets, and an endangered African penguin (although not available to the public yet).
10. Hit Up a Local Watering Hole
Whether you’re in the mood for a lager, sour ale or want to tap into something that you’ve never been tasted before, you’re in luck. Toronto has a whole slew of amazing indie craft breweries for you to spend time enjoying a pint. There’s Bellwoods Brewery, Left Field Brewery, Halo Brewery, and Shacklands Brewing to name a few. While technically not a beer brewery, Brickworks Ciderhouse is a cidery and Toronto’s first at that.
11. Wander Around Kensington Market
With coloured buildings, street art, indie cafes, funky bars and eclectic shops, this is one of our favourite neighborhoods to explore in Toronto. Grab some delicious Baja-style tacos from Seven Lives, try a selection of local and international cheeses from Global Cheese, sit back and relax at FIKA Cafe with a Cardamom Spiced Latte. The neighbourhood is also a great place to shop for vintage clothing and fashion accessories.
12. Admire Some Incredible Street Art
Toronto has an ever-evolving street art movement with the beautification of neighbourhoods and outdoor spaces. Graffiti Alley is perhaps the most iconic destination where the murals span multiple blocks and feature a number of art styles and artists. Equally impressive is the Reclamation Wall in Parkdale featuring the largest single graffiti mural in Canada. Kensington Market has a very vibrant street art collection that can be viewed throughout the neighbourhood.
13. Take to the Skies in a Helicopter Ride
If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker you can get a speculator bird’s eye view by helicopter. Heli Tours offers both public and private tours. You’ll be able to see some of top sights in the city like the CN Tower, Roger’s Centre. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto’s Harbour, and more. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities here. You can cross this off your bucket list too!
14. Sip Wine & Cocktails at the City’s Harbour
The Wine & Spirit Festival returns for it’s 11th year at the city’s harbour featuring wine, spirits, beer, cider, cocktails, food and live music.
15. Scarborough Bluffs
Escape the concrete jungle for a few hours by visiting the Scarborough Bluffs. The Bluffs stretches about 15 kilometres along the Lake Ontario shoreline and include parks, trails and a beach.