Campus Life

6 things you should do before summer ends

by Raveena Maharaj

Adventure awaits

No matter if you’re hanging out in the GTA or had to fly home when school ended, we hope you’ve been enjoying your well-deserved time off of school. If you’re looking for ways to pack in the fun before the end of summer, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are a few things you can do before you head back to class in September:

Hit the beach

Who doesn’t love the water or at least dipping your toes in the sand? It’s nice to get away from the noise of the city once in a while, and the beach is the perfect place to relax and let loose. There are a few beach options in Toronto such as Bluffer’s Park, Woodbine, and Hanlan’s Point. But, if you’re up for a drive, there are many beautiful beaches surrounding the GTA such as Crystal Beach, Wasaga, and Sandbanks.

a lady pretending to ride a huge wave at the beach

 

Take a road trip

Road trips are a budget-friendly, fun way, to get out and explore. Best part? You can take a road trip solo or with friends! Trips can be as short or long as you want them and it’s a great way to really get to know the place (or places) that you’re visiting without breaking the bank. Belfountain and Cobourg have so much you can see and do and they’re both under two hours from Toronto! If you’re up for driving a little longer, head to Ontario’s own paradise, Tobermory, which is located in the Bruce Peninsula, about four hours away.

car driving down a winding road next to a beach

 

Catch a festival

From food to night markets, to music and cultural events, there are so many cool options when it comes to festivals in and around the city. No matter the type of festival, they are a great way to meet new people and experience new things. Toronto Chinatown Festival, Bloorcourt Festival, and Buskerfest are just some of the festivals you have to check out in August!

Kids dancing at a music festival

Head to a farmers’ market

If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market, you should definitely check one out this summer! Everything is super fresh, locally grown, affordable, and for some reason, things just taste better from the market than from the grocery store. Popular markets include St. Lawrence Market Farmers’ Market, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, and The Distillery District Sunday Market. Most markets only open once or twice a week, so be sure to check this list before heading to one!

an old lady stealing an apple from a market

Have a picnic

Speaking of food, picture this: you and your favourite people are sitting in a beautiful park, the sun is shining but it’s not too hot, you’re eating delicious food and you have nothing else on your mind. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Picnics are a great way to bond with people and considering we only get a couple months of beautiful weather, why not take advantage of it!

group of friends enjoying a picnic outdoors

 

Show some spirit

Summer is the ideal time to head to a game and show some love for Toronto teams. Tickets are not expensive if you don’t mind sitting further back and Toronto has some of the best fans. This is a perfect summertime outing no matter if you’re a sports fan or not!

birds-eye view of a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at the rogers centre

There is a lot to keep you busy during the summer months but it’s also a perfect time to relax before the school year. Just be sure to make the most of it!

Don’t forget to keep up with IGNITE events to make sure your school year is just as great as your summer!