Five Reasons to Love Summer in Toronto

Celebrate sun in the city at a brewery, a pool party and even on an island   

Summertime in Toronto is nothing but lively as locals and visitors, alike, try to maximize their time outside, making the most of the city's hopping patios, vibrant street festivals, and inviting parks and beaches. Here are some of our favourite reasons to hang out in Toronto during its sunniest season. 

Pride Month

Home to Canada’s largest Pride festivities, Toronto’s celebrations have always been a big deal, but this year things are bigger and better thanks to the first-ever Pride Month, which officially launched on June 1. Events are happening around the city throughout June, and they culminate with three days of street fairs, drag shows and marches from July 1 to 3. Everyone is also buzzing about the Pride Parade’s special guest—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His appearance at the event on July 3 will make Canadian history, as it’s the first time a sitting prime minister has ever marched in the parade. 

Local Breweries

There are few things better than a cold beer on a hot day. Luckily, Toronto is the city of breweries. Steam Whistle Brewing, Bellwoods Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery—there are more than 20 breweries within the city limits alone and most welcome visitors for tours and samplings. See how many you can pack into a weekend visit.

Pool parties are a thing

To beat the heat, Toronto has honed its pool party scene. For a party that rivals a Vegas dayclub experience, the chic Cabana Pool Bar delivers, with well-heeled crowds dancing to live DJ music. For a more low-key vibe, the pool at the Radisson Admiral Hotel (open to non-guests for a fee) offers great people-watching and poolside cocktails.

It takes patios seriously

Mascot Beer Garden’s massive rooftop patio brings patio culture to the next level. Complete with AstroTurf, picnic tables, white picket fences and sweet views, this spot has a backyard party vibe that makes city dwellers feel right at home. There’s also plenty of beer on tap from Mascot’s own brewing endeavours and barbecue favourites on the menu.

It has its own island

It technically has a few islands, but Centre Island is the place to go. Known locally as “Toronto Island,” Centre Island is the largest urban car-free community in North America—accessible only by ferry—and it’s packed with amenities. Kids love the Centreville Amusement Park for its waterslides and mini-golf, while Ward’s “Island” beach, on the easternmost point, is popular with sunbathers. On the western side, Hanlan’s Point has volleyball courts, baseball diamonds and fire pits. No matter which spot you choose, there’s something pretty cool about standing waist-deep in Lake Ontario and looking up at the CN Tower from a different angle. 

Getting there: WestJet flies to Toronto 116 times a day from 21 Canadian, 11 U.S. and 23 international cities.