2020 summer feels quite different, but you can still do plenty of fun stuff in the Greater Toronto Area. From quick small adventures like educational tours and chic dining options to hiking and camping, there are many options and things to do in the summer. We’ve gathered our favorite sites and activities to do, but please remember to check the official website to learn about the preventive measures and restrictions in each place to prevent COVID-19.
Rent an RV
Some campgrounds are re-opening, but for many weeks they were not available or with important restrictions (like no bathrooms). That’s why many Toronto residents opted for RVs to travel and camp safely. Experts say this is preferred to camping, where maintaining good hygiene might be challenging, at least compared to vacationing with an RV. However, this kind of vacation is much-needed for people after the extended lockdown. Another option is to visit your summer home or cottage if you have one.
Driving through the Zoo
Enjoy the view of the Toronto Zoo from the comfort and safety of your own car. Since late May, they opened a new Scenic Drive-Thru Experience, a 3.4 kilometers route that offers all drivers a dynamic and exciting view of several habitats, from Indo-Malaya, African Savanna (where you can enter a lion’s cave!), and Eurasia. A pre-recorded, educational audio complements the tour. Surely this isn’t an experience for people who crave to stretch the legs, but for those who want to reduce risk to the minimum is perfect.
Movies under the stars
Another trip from the inside of your vehicle: enjoying an afternoon movie with your family’s company. Nice, right? And safe, also. Check your neighborhood for one of those Drive-In Movie Theaters, choose your movie, and buy your favorite snack.
Hike with your household members
Most parks and trails are open, but operating with some restrictions. Walking through nature might be one of the best practices people can have after the extended lockdown, being free and reconnecting with nature once more. However, it’s not safe to hike with friends or family that aren’t living with you. Authorities encourage to hike only with your household member and keep your distance with other people.
Visit your local museum
Art and history lovers rejoice! Some museums and art galleries are beginning to re-open but with limited capacity and several restrictions. This type of experiences are rare in the era of COVID-19, but facilities like the Aga Khan Museum are putting all efforts into the preventive measures to avoid the virus. For example, Aga Khan has a reserved hour for seniors and immuno-compromised, and everybody is encouraged to buy tickets online. Inside the museum, you will find many exhibition spaces, from permanent collections to large displays of nearly 200 art pieces.
Dine at the castle
One of the most famous castles in Ontario, Casa Loma, is turning its garden into a beautiful outdoor dining experience. Invite your household members to a casual meal al fresco, surrounded by elegant facades, or maybe choose to eat at the terrace with the astonishing view of the city skyline. Check the official website to buy tickets.
Enjoy your Toronto summer the best way! We hope you and your family stay safe and have a little fun during this vacation. Remember that we are offering cleaning and disinfecting services for homes and businesses. If you’re interested, contact No More Chores and book your service.