posted on April 25th, 2016

Between island biking, ball games, Broadway musicals, and a buzzing food scene, Toronto has something for everyone. If you’re lucky enough to spend summer or spring in the city, soak up the sun on one of the myriad beaches, catch a show at a renowned theatre, or do your best to pick from the almost endless delicious restaurants — read on for even more ideas!


On Lake Ontario and easily accessible from the city are a small chain of islands known as the Toronto Islands, each one with its own unique beaches, picnic areas, and more. If you’re bringing the kids, check out the Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island where you’ll find rides, a mini train around the park, mini golf, and more. If you’re in search of sandy shores, take in skyline views while sunbathing on Centre Island Beach, make your way to the city’s only nude beach at Hanlan’s Point, or skirt the crowds and take a short bike ride to Gibraltar Point.


Back on the mainland, you’ll continue to find beach havens to soak up the sun. Hop into  a game of beach volleyball or badminton at the expansive Woodbine Beach, or rollerblade along the boardwalk at Sunnyside Beach. Get your windsurf on at Cherry Beach or — if strictly bronzing is your game — Bluffers Beach or Kew-Balmy Beach won’t disappoint.


Now that baseball season is off and running, you can’t go wrong  taking in a Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre, home of the only Canadian team in the league. To slake your appetite, snack on sausage poutine at Toronto Street Eats, or sample the truffle-parmesan fries at MYM Gourmet Frites. And, the stadium boasts a retractable roof, so you never have to worry about the elements.


Toronto is a hub for Broadway tours, and by catching them outside the Big Apple itself, you’ll save yourself a pretty penny on admission. Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical will be playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from July 5–Sept 4, 2016 and the classic Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be at the Lower Ossington Theatre for almost all of June.


From mouthwatering street eats to multi-course fine dining, Toronto’s vibrant restaurant scene leaves little to miss. Delight in the flame-seared Aburi-style sushi at Miku on the waterfront, or go for upscale, coastal Italian cuisine at Buca Yorkville — known for its signature fritto misto. For a more casual vibe, try Bobbie Sue’s Mac + Cheese for classic or inspired flavor combinations, like Curry in a Hurry (tuna, curry, and peas) and Hamburger Who Lends a Hand (hamburger, gruyere, and mushrooms). Finish it off with a sweet at Cacao 70the place for all things chocolate — including a drool-worthy peanut butter and chocolate pizza. Stick a fork in us, we’re done.

Virginia is equally enamored with words and globetrotting. Whenever possible, she likes to combine the two through travel writing to help other wanderers discover and fall in love with the world.