4 top spots to keep cool at this summer in Toronto

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?

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Well, if it’s your first summer in the city, here are some of the top spots to keep cool:

Public pools:

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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

The islands:

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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!

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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:

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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.

Get cultured:

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).

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The bride wore….

OLIVIA PALERMO my fashion idol got hitched this weekend, and she did not disappoint. For months her dress has been a source  of speculation. This is the lady who has been dressed in almost every designer from Cavalli to Valentino, who was actually touted as the eventual designer. But this weekend all the questions were answered: the bride wore Carolina Herrera.

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In keeping with her preppy-with-a-twist style, Palermo chose a classic full-skirted silhouette, but what looked like a very traditional gown was actually a light cashmere sweater and tulle skirt, worn over delicate coordinating shorts. My favorite part of the ensemble was the shoes, which also ticked traditional and quirky boxes, being the same Manolo courts that Carrie Bradshaw married in at her civil ceremony for the Sex and the City movie, (not bought especially for the occasion, but in fact an old favorite) and also provided her essential “something blue”.

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The couple kept things low key with only a handful of family members in attendance and took place in a quiet park tucked away in New York.

“We really wanted to keep this beautiful day very private and special to us and enjoyed the whole day with our family and two friends,” Palermo said of the ceremony. “Bedford is such an amazing and romantic countryside.”

For those of you who were hoping for a much more elaborate couture confection – this is “part one – the civil ceremony” the couple noted. Lets see what part two has in store

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Beyonce and Jay Z reveal a Wedding Clip

Hold the phone
Beyonce and Jay Z have finally shown a clip from their wedding day, albeit a 2 second clip but a clip none the less.
The couple kicked off their tour by playing their first show in Miami last night. Fans were given an unexpected treat when footage from their wedding video was projected onto huge screens.
The mega couple will be in Toronto July 9th
Were you lucky enough to get tickets? CraicTo will be there and we are excited!!

Weekend Bants

 

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This weekend sees the opening of World Pride Week. What better place to celebrate than in a city with one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the world? Join in as Toronto becomes the first North American city ever to host this ultimate celebration of Pride.

World Pride is a 10 day celebration of Gay culture, which sees Toronto’s historic Gay Village become a pedestrian-only party zone filled with music, bustling crowds, vibrant costumes, and of course plenty of guys and gals. Many bars are open until 4am or later so you can keep the party going all night long.

More info: http://worldpridetoronto.com

June 19-28. Toronto Jazz Festival – Featuring Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox. $35. torontojazz.com

June 20-22. Toronto Waterfront Festival – Includes the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival, Kids Zone and the Dock Dogs World Qualifying Championships. towaterfrontfest.com

June 20-22. Salsa at Blue – Dance lessons, live music and a parade. bluemountainvillage.ca/salsa

June 20-22. Oakville Ribfest – Sheridan College. oakvillefamilyribfest.com

June 21. Wonder Jam – Concerts and free admission to Canada’s Wonder- land. $50. wonderjamfestival.com

June 21. Hungama (Mississauga) – Free music concert. Celebration Square. desifest.ca

June 21. Fords in the Park (Milton) – Over 500 vintage Ford vehicles and live DJ entertainment. Tractor and wagon rides available. countryheritagepark.com

June 21-22. Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival – Raising funds for the SickKids Foundation. Centre Island. dragonboats.com