Toronto has been sizzling over the last few days. After one of the harshest winters in 30 years, we are delighted to see summer but dear god…the humidity!
How are you coping?
Well, if it’s your first summer in the city, here are some of the top spots to keep cool:
If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a building with a pool the good news is, there are public pools all over the city and best of all, the majority are free. These are easily accessible by the TTC and generally tend to be clean and well-kept. What better way to cool down on a sticky July day then lounging poolside with your buddies. Here are some options to check out:
- Eglinton Public Pool at Eglinton Park, 160 Eglinton Avenue West
- High Park Public Pool, 1873 Bloor Street West
- Alex Duff Memorial Pool at Christie Pitts, 750 Bloor Street West
- Sunnyside/Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool at 1755 Lake Shore Blvd West
If you want to get away from the city on a scorching day but can’t afford to go too far, there is no place better or more accessible than Toronto islands. With beautiful beaches, peaceful green areas and fun-filled amusement parks it is one of the most popular destinations for people looking to escape the summer heat.There are three islands to choose from – Centre Island, Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point. Canoeing, nature walks, picnic tables, volleyball nets, biking routes – there is literally something to cater for everyone.
P.S. If you are feeling really, REALLY warm, Hanlan’s Point offers a ‘clothing optional’ beach but if old, bare-arsed men ain’t your thing we advise giving this sandy oasis a skip (and yes, we found out the hard way!)
Bonus: The view of the city skyline on the ferry to/from the islands is fab!
How to get there: Ferries to the Toronto Islands leave from the Ferrydocks at 9 Queens Quay West, located south of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street.
Shop till you drop:
This requires no explanation and we don’t really need an excuse but what better way to cool down than engaging in some retail therapy in one of the city’s shopping mall’s.
We hate to sound like your junior cert history teacher, but Toronto is heaving with museums and galleries waiting to be discovered. What’s more, these joints are nice n cool. And even if the sole purpose of your visit is to bask in the free air con for an hour or two, you might learn some fun and quirky facts. Places we recommend checking out include the ROM and the Hockey Hall of Fame but an absolute must-see for any Irish gal who adores shoes is the Bata Shoe Museum. This place is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the history of fashion and even if you can’t afford a pair of Christian Louboutin’s, at least you can drool over them (till it gets weird and they kick you out).