6 things to do this summer in the 6

If you feel like everyone you know is headed to a tropical destination except you, then read on!

I, like many others, have no plans to head down south and would rather enjoy the nice weather in Canada. After all, it only really stays for 3 months, so why would I leave? PLUS, Toronto has so much fun stuff during the summer. I'm talking food festivals, parades, music events, the list goes on and on. 

So, quit feeling blue and check out some of the spots I have and enjoy the summer in the 6! 

1- Pride Weekend! 

I am so excited for this weekend and will be working Pride Weekend! Growing up in Montreal, I feel like I'm familiar with the LGBTQ community and many of my friends will be attending Pride Weekend. It's going to be wild and crazy, so make sure to keep hydrated and wear sunscreen (the mom in me couldn't help but type that). 

The main festivities will happen on Church Street, but the whole city is buzzing with excitement, I can sense it. Check the Pride website and see what festivals, parades, events you'd like to attend!

*2019 edit: I also wanted to shed light on an issue that someone brought up to me recently. Did you know that 73% of LGBTQs have been harassed online due to sexual orientation or gender identity? This guide aims to empower them and give them the tools to protect themselves online: https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/ 

2- Aga Khan Park/Museum 

We spotted it while driving northbound on the DVP and decided to head there for some day shooting. You're free to roam and if you like art, you can head inside and check out Aga Khan's personal collection. 

3- Toronto Island 

Although the ferry fee is kind of high, I think if you make a day out of it, it's well worth it. 

Also, if you're looking for Canada Day plans, you can head to Electric Island on July 1st and quench your EDM thirst. You can buy tickets here.

4- Beaches

I've only been to Sugar Beach, Cherry Beach and Woodbine Beach, so that's all I can comment on. They're all good, but I would have to say if you're getting together with friends and plan on making a day out of it, definitely head to Cherry or Woodbine Beach!

5- Food Festivals 

a) Taste of Toronto 

When? July 2-5 

Where? Historical Fort York 

How much? Buy tickets here

b) Summerlicious 

When? July 3-26

Where? Various locations, check the website here

How much? Buy tickets here

c) Taste of Danforth (GREEK FOOD YASSSSS!!!! I may or may not be partial to this one. LET'S STUFF OUR FACE MALAKAS)

When? August 7-9

Where? Danforth Avenue 

How much? No need to buy tickets, simply pay vendors individually!

d) Toronto Ribfest 

When? June 27- July 1

Where? Centennial Park

How much? 2$ 

e) TO Food Fest 

When? July 12

Where? Chinese Cultural Centre 

How much? $2 or bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest (love it!) 

6- Trinity Bellwoods 

I'll give you 5 bucks if you can find me and my little pug. Come say hello! 

This is our spot and as long as you keep your *ahem* juice in a non-branded cup, you're good to go. We even invested in a summer park kit that includes tennis rackets, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes. It even comes with the nets and balls/shuttlecocks (haha... shuttlecocks). P.S.: we found it at Winners in the "Athletic Outdoorsy Dad Section" just before Father's Day. Lol... does that speak to how YOLD we are? YOLD is a word that I've attributed to my boyfriend and I because we are seemingly "young-old". We enjoy Netflix marathons and wine more than the Friday night out clubbing on King West. Therefore, we're YOLD. 

Tout le monde part en voyage sauf vous? 

Peu importe. L'été est rempli d'activités, de concerts, de festivals! En plus, je ne vois pas le but de partir quand il fait chaud ici. On a seulement 3 mois de beau temps, donc je veux en profiter! 

1- Fin de semaine Fierté LGBT 

Le festival aura lieu sur la rue Church, mais je sens l'excitement à travers la ville. Vous pouvez visiter la page web pour vois les festivals, événements auxquels vous aimeriez participer!  

2- Le parc/musée Aga Khan 

Nous avons aperçu le musée en route sur la DVP, et nous avons décider de prendre quelques photos. Si vous êtes fan d'art, vous pourrez aussi parcourir la collection personnelle d'Aga Khan à l'intérieur. (Les photos se trouvent dans le paragraphe ci-dessus!) 

3- L'île Toronto 

Malgré le prix élevé du traversier, si vous passer la journée sur l'île, ça vaut la peine. Il y a même une plage! 

Le jour du Canada, il y aura un concert musique électro nommé Electric Island. Vous pouvez acheter vos billets ici

4- Oh, la plage! 

Je n'ai visité que 3 plages à Toronto, d'où Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beach et Sugar Beach. A mon avis, seuls les plages Cherry et Woodbine valent la peine, parce qu'elles sont grandes et offrent des activités comme le volleyball. Notez bien qu'il faut une voiture pour s'y rendre, donc si ce n'est pas le cas, Sugar Beach devient plus accessible. 

5- Festivals Alimentaires (oh ouiiiiii!) 

a) Taste of Toronto 

Quand?  2-5 juillet

Où? Historical Fort York 

Coût? Billets ici 

b) Summerlicious 

Quand? 3-26 juillet 

Où? Diverses locations, voir le site web

Coût? Acheter vos billets ici

c) Taste of Danforth (BOUFFE GRECQUE!!! MALAKAS!!)

Quand? 7-9 août 

Où? Avenue Danforth  

Coùt? Pas besoin de billets, mais simplement payer chaque vendeur individuellement (si vous mangez, bien sûr). 

d) Toronto Ribfest 

Quand? 27 juin - 1 juillet 

Où? Parc Centennial

Coût? 2$ 

e) TO Food Fest 

Quand? 12 juillet 

Où? Centre culturel chinois

Coût? 2$ ou un don/un item non périssable pour la fondation Second Harvest (mignon!) 

6- Parc Trinity Bellwoods 

C'est le parc équivalent au parc Mont-Royal à Montréal. J'apporte souvent mon mini BBQ et en autant que votre bière/liqueur est dans un verre en plastique, vous êtes sains et saufs. 

Ceci étant dit, profitez bien de l'été!!!