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How to Spend Summer in Toronto

Not going anywhere exotic this summer? Well, that’s okay! Just because you live in Toronto doesn’t mean you can’t make your summer great! Toronto has all you need to enjoy a great summer, without breaking the bank. Here are some things you can do this summer without straying too far from home.

Canada’s Wonderland



Canada’s Wonderland is summer central! With season passes costing $85, you can get unlimited access to the park all summer. If you plan to visit the park more than two times, the season pass already ends up being cheaper than two single admissions. The park is filled with a variety of rides for every age. Whether you’re a daredevil or one to accompany children on their rides, Canada’s Wonderland has something for you. Be advised however, the food is quite expensive at the park, so it may be wise to bring your own snacks.

Woodbine Beach



If you’re looking for a GTA beach, Woodbine Beach is your best bet. With a nice view of the lake and excellent facilities, a family picnic would definitely not be a bad idea to have in the area. With a beach area and a forest area within walking distance of each other, much can be done. If you don’t want to swim in the lake, there’s a great rooftop pool right along the boardwalk. And the best part: the beach and the pool are absolutely free!

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 



This end of the year event is sure to grab your attention. From August 21st to September seventh, enjoy festivities full of games, rides, celebrities and lots of food. With tickets only starting at $18 for those ages 14-64 and $15 for children and seniors, the CNE in downtown Toronto will not disappoint.

The Movies

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The old, reliable movies. Whether you have nothing to do or it’s a rainy day, going to the movies is always a great idea. And if it’s a Tuesday, well you’re in luck! The movies are cheaper on Tuesdays! Even if it isn’t Tuesday, if you’re a student or a senior, you will most likely be eligible for discounts. Wherever you live in the GTA, there is definitely a movie theatre near you, so you won’t have to look too far!

Ripley’s Aquarium 

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With tickets as low as $27 for those ages 14-64 and $17 for children and adults, Ripley’s aquarium, located next to the CN Tower downtown, is sure to amaze those of any age. With exhibits full of extremely diverse aquatic life, Ripley’s Aquarium is a must see for any resident in the GTA. The aquarium includes a Canadian water, manta ray, shark, jellyfish and a rainbow reef gallery that are simply mind blowing.




If you’re looking for authentic Asian food or just low priced merchandise, Chinatown is the place for you. The town runs along Spadina Avenue between College Street and Queen Street West. In this area is a plethora of Asian restaurants, markets and stores. This is the part of Toronto where you can eat and shop for cheap, and get a little practice with your bargaining skills.  

High Park

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High Park is Toronto’s largest park and consists of many trails, child play areas, sport facilities, a dog park and a zoo. It is a beautiful park on Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive. With 161 hectares of land, there’s a lot of space to do whatever you want at High Park. Admission is free, so if you don’t have much money to spend, enjoy a free visit to High Park!

The Toronto Zoo



The Toronto Zoo is a massive area filled with exotic life from around the world. To visit these exotic animals, tickets will cost you a fair price of $28 for those ages 13-84, $23 for seniors and $18 for children. The Zoo always has something new for its spectators, including its Giant Panda exhibit which features two Chinese pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao. 

So if you end up stuck in town for the summer, don’t fret! You have all these options and more to choose from, all located in our beautiful GTA.

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-Faris Zarifa