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6 places to check out in and around Toronto this summer

by Scott Hokkanen

RUNNING THROUGH THE SIX WITH MY WOES, YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES…

…Is what you’ll be saying this summer when you check out all of the fun things that this city has to offer. There’s something for everyone in this great city of ours, the only problem is that the summer is short and there’s so much to do!

Here are our six best places to check out in and around the 6ix this summer:

St. Lawrence Market

saint lawrence market
In recent years, Toronto has blossomed into a hot-spot for foodies and culinary enthusiasts.  If you’re looking to find some of the freshest most well-prepared food in the city head down to the St. Lawrence Market. Since 1803, the market has been home to over 100 vendors, bakers, butchers, artisans and more. the St. Lawrence Market is the perfect place to spend a day walking around and exploring all of the decadent food that Toronto’s multicultural landscape has to offer.

The St. Lawrence Market is located at the corner of Front St. and Lower Jarvis.

The Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs in spring
Do you like scenic views of Lake Ontario, calming bays of rich, green water, and hiking trails? Then the Scarborough Bluffs is the perfect place for a summer excursion. Get some exercise hiking the cliffs, and take in the closest natural wonder in relation to the big city. There are plenty of opportunities for taking some great photos, and a lot of spots to stop, rest, and take it all in.

The Scarborough Bluffs are east of the city in Scarborough, just off of Kingston Rd.

Distillery District

the distillery district in toronto

The Gooderham & Worts Distillery, founded in 1832, was at one point the largest whiskey distillery in the world. Today it is home to many restaurants, boutiques, pubs and art galleries. The red brick streets are perfect for strolling around and exploring the many historical landmarks located within the district. My personal favourite is the Mill St. Brew Pub which has delicious food and brewery tours. The Distillery District is definitely one of the better places in the city to go on dates.

Located at Front St. & Parliament St, Just North of the Gardiner Expressway

Queen West

a view of storefronts along queen street west

Probably the best stretch of retail stores in the city, Queen West is a most for people who are looking to stay up to date with the city’s best fashion trends. Home to big brands’ pop-up shops like the Yeezy Pop-Up, Big Sean’s and the Weeknd’s. In 2014, Vogue named Queen West the “Second Hippest Street” in North America. Even if you can’t afford the top of the line products for sale, it’s still a lot of fun to check out all of the cool stores.

Located on Queen St. West.

High Park

A couple sitting in High Park on a sunny day

High Park is the city’s largest public park. It has beautiful walking trails, ponds, gardens and playgrounds. The perfect place to spend a day with friends just enjoying the wildlife and nature in the park. Summer and parks go hand-in-hand, need I say more?

Located at Bloor St. and Parkdale Dr.

Toronto Island

an aerial view of the toronto islands

A must-see place in the city is the Toronto Islands. Take a scenic ferry ride out of the harbour across the lake to the Island and check out all of the fun things it has to offer. From a small amusement park called Centreville, to Hanlan’s Point Beach to Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, the Island has a lot to offer.

Still looking for ways to improve your Summer ’17?

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Also make sure to take a look at our best tips for travelling on a budget.