Fun Things to Do in Toronto & GTA During COVID-19 Ontario Reopening Phase

As Ontario is officially in Stage 2 of the reopening plan, we can now enjoy various attractions and parks in and around Toronto. Please keep in mind that social distancing protocols are still in effect.

Here is a list of activities to enjoy in and around Toronto.

Also, see this weekend in Torontofor events (online & in-person) and other weekend activities.

Check back as this article is updated as and when the cities of GTA / Ontario government allows the reopening of more tourist attractions.

All of GTA can move into Stage 2 —this means that museums, galleries, walking tours can resume starting June 24th.

1. Visit a Zoo

  • Explore Toronto Zoo on a scenic drive-thru.The new Scenic Safari driving route will allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometres route which takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Toronto Zoo will be reopening its doors for walk-inon June 27th to members and the general public on July 4th.
  • Visit Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo. Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a 25 acre, family-run, wildlife park and is located about one hour from downtown Toronto.
  • Drive-Thru Dinosaur Park is the perfect trip for you and the kids to go back to a place in time when these creatures roamed the earth, without having to leave your car!
  • Experience the entire world of reptiles at Reptilia (Vaughan & Whitby) with over 250 species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids from all around the world.

2. Explore Nature Parks & Areas

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3. Visit Museums & Art Galleries

Tourist Attractions Open Now in Toronto and GTA

  • Discover artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage at Aga Khan Museum.
  • Explore the best of art at Art Gallery of Ontario. Three levels of the AGO will be open on July 2, including the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, the Thomson Collection of European Art, the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art and the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.
  • Enter into a world of adventure and discovery with over 20,000 aquatic animals at Ripleys Aquarium(opens on June 26th).
  • Go on a self-guided tour and explore Canada’s foremost castle – Casa Loma
  • Visit Canada’s largest museum, of both natural history and world cultures. Royal Ontario Museum reopens on July 9th
  • Explore ceramic art collection at Gardiner Museum from July 11th.

4. Go on a Cruise

Cruises in Toronto

Cruises in Ontario

  • Go on a cruise with Mariposa Cruises. For those seeking a light afternoon excursion, the 45-minute Harbour Tour will run twice daily over the weekend and features exciting narration about the city’s history and landmarks. There is also the 90-minute Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruise features great tunes, delicious appetizers and your preferred tipple.
  • Family Fun Cruise for your little pirate! On shore and before departure make ready for the Captain, gather round and present your best pirate ‘arrrghh!’ Climb on the Island Rogue – a 45 foot pirate ship – to head out to sea in pursuit of adventure & sunken treasure.

5. Enjoy Treetop Trekking

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Test your monkey skills, manoeuvre across swaying logs and scramble along cables above the forest floor at Treetop Trekking.

  • Treetop Trekking Stouffville,3291 Stouffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Heart Lake Conservation Area,10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton

6. Pick fresh berries

Summer is the season to go and pick your own berries at a nearby farm. Strawberries are available now. Raspberry, blueberry seasons will follow.

7. Check off a bucket list activity

Whether you want to visit a geological wonder or explore an outdoor art gallery, there are plenty of places to visit near Toronto. See this list for some ideas.

8. Go Fishing

You can cast a line and reel in that big catch at Ontario Provincial Parks and conservation areas. However, please obey any fishing location restrictions in the park as well as all public health guidelines on group sizes and physical distancing.

Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own in GTA? Cast a line at these places.

9. Go canoeing

Enjoy canoeing & kayaking in ponds, lakes & rivers as Ontario Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches are open for recreational use. Toronto Adventures rents kayaks and canoes for kayaking in Humber River.

10. Get Active

Most GTA cities are slowly reopening outdoor sports fields, skate parks and tennis courts. Enjoy playing your favourite sports. The following activities are allowed/Fields open (or are slowly reopening) in most GTA cities.

Please remember that individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.

  • Ontario Golf Courses
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Frisbee golf locations
  • Tennis
  • Platform tennis
  • Table tennis and pickleball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • BMX parks
  • Skate parks

11. Go Cycling

Biking is a great way to explore GTA. The best way to explore GTA on the bike would be to cycle the Waterfront trail.

The city of Toronto has expanded cycling paths through temporary installations by repurposing curb lanes along several key corridors under ActiveTO.

a. Bloor Street from Avenue Road to Sherbourne St, Cycle Track

b. Dundas Street East, from Sackville Street to Broadview Avenue, Cycle Track

c. University Avenue / Queens Park, from Adelaide Street to Bloor Street, Cycle Track

d. Huntingwood Drive, from Victoria Park Ave to Brimley Road, Bicycle Lane

e. Brimley Road, from Kingston Road to Lawrence Avenue, Cycle Track

f. Danforth Avenue, from Broadview Avenue to Dawes Road, Cycle Track

g. Bayview Avenue, from River Street to Rosedale Valley Road, Multi-Use Trail

h. River Street, from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue, Multi-Use Trail

i. Wilmington Avenue, from Finch Avenue to Sheppard Avenue, Bicycle Lane

j. Faywood Boulevard, from Sheppard Avenue to Wilson Avenue, Bicycle Lane

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12. Watch a Movie

Drive-in Theatres are allowed to reopen from June 1. Watch a movie under the stars!

  • Port Hope Drive-In — 2141 Theatre Road South, Cobourg
  • 5 Drive-in Oakville — 5 Drive-in Oakville
  • Starlite Drive-in — 59 Green Mountain Rd E, Stoney Creek
  • Stardust Drive-in — 893 Mount Albert Road, Newmarket

13. Explore Public Art

Exploring Toronto’s public artworksis one of the best physical distancing activities you can do.

14. Enjoy in-person Events

Dinosaur Drive-Thru
26 May

Indian River Reptile Zoo, 2206 County Road 38, Indian River

May 26, 2020 To July 19, 2020

$16.93 per car

Come see what all the noise is about!! You have the chance to drive your family through a land of Dinosaurs! Indian River Reptile & Dinosaur Park ...  »

Kensington Flea & Artisan Market
13 Jun

Kensington Flea Market, 216 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

June 13, 2020 To October 18, 2020

Free

Kensington Flea a mainstay of Toronto’s outdoor summer Markets– is back for the 2020 Spring & Summer Season! A uniquely Kensington experience, this open-air market features a ...  »

Tripa de Aveiro
13 Jun

Mercado Negro, 1370 St Clair Ave W, Toronto

June 13, 2020 To July 26, 2020

Cost of food

A Tripa is a Portuguese style undercooked crepe made in a waffle iron, originally from the Aveiro region and filled with ovos moles but can also be ...  »

Curbside Collective BBQ Series
20 Jun

852 King St W, Toronto

June 20, 2020 To October 18, 2020

Free

Curbside Collective will be hosting a mini Farmers Market & Street Food Pop-up on our front patio every Saturday. The Farmers Market will host 1 to 2 vendors from ...  »

Lmnts Outdoor Studio | Hot Yoga & Fitness Pop-Up
21 Jun

Hotel X Toronto, Newfoundland Road, Toronto

June 21, 2020 To July 31, 2020

$28 to $33 per class

Open 7 days a week, the experience will take place in 50 outdoor private, clear, frameless, geodesic domes, allowing for a personal and relaxing experience – all while maintaining a ...  »

Senator Serenade from the Balcony Series
26 Jun

The Senator, 249 Victoria Street, Toronto

June 26, 2020 To September 6, 2020

Free

The historic and incomparable Senator Restaurant, long associated with live music, proudly introduces a new LIVE concert series for the summer: the ‘Senator Serenade from the Balcony’ — ...  »

Virtual Walk of Life
27 Jun

In your neighbourhood

June 27, 2020 To July 11, 2020

416-730 8299

Individuals $20

This is our 36th Anniversary of the Walk of Life which raises fund for Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs. This year our event is a virtual Walk of Life ...  »

Stardust Drive-in Newmarket
27 Jun

Stardust Drive-In, 893 Mt Albert Rd, Newmarket

June 27, 2020 To July 16, 2020

613-732-2136

$16 to $35

Enjoy a movie under the stars. July 8 – 9 SCREEN 1 Jurassic Park 9:50 PM Jaws 12:25 AM SCREEN 2 Dirty Dancing 9:40 PM American Pie 11:45 PM SCREEN 3 Bad Boys for Life 9:45 PM Bloodshot 12:15 ...  »

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition
01 Jul

1 Yonge St, Toronto

July 1, 2020 To September 30, 2020

$34.99 & up

From the originators of the Parisian Atelier des Lumières exhibition that has been seen by more than two million visitors worldwide and has inspired the global ...  »

Mariposa by Hornblower Harbour Cruises - Toronto
01 Jul

Pier 6, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

July 1, 2020 To December 31, 2020

866-627-7672

Prices start at $34.95 for Sip & Sail and from $26.95 (children’s rates from $20.95) for Harbour Tour

Starting Wednesday, July 1 - and just in time for Canada Day - Mariposa by Hornblower is resuming its operations, offering a fresh selection of cruise experiences out ...  »

Drive-Thru Storytelling Tour
03 Jul

Pickering Museum Village, Concession Road 6, Greenwood

July 3, 2020 To August 28, 2020

$20 Per Car

Join Nellie 170 years ago during the time of Pickering’s Boom as she takes you on a guided audio tour by car of the Pickering Museum Village. ...  »

Toronto Zoo Safari Drive Thru
06 Jul

Toronto Zoo, Meadowvale Road, Toronto

July 6, 2020 To July 19, 2020

$32 &up

The new Scenic Safari driving route will allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometres ...  »

Taste of Regent Park
08 Jul

40 Oak St, Toronto

July 8, 2020 To August 26, 2020

Free; Donations welcome

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, CRC | Fred Victor has had to adapt many of our programs and services to put the health and well-being of our participants, community ...  »

Gardiner Museum Free Admission
11 Jul

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park, Toronto

July 11, 2020 To July 12, 2020

Free

The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.  »

Heritage Days
11 Jul

York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge

July 11, 2020 To August 29, 2020

905-852-3696

$17.99 to $24.99

Have a fun day with the whole family at York-Durham Heritage Park & Railway. Take a beautiful drive out to Uxbridge. Come help us cellebrate our Heritage ...  »

Heritage Summer High Tea
11 Jul

York-Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge

July 11, 2020 To July 25, 2020

905-852-3696

$69.99 +charges

Come and enjoy our Heritage Summer High Tea. From the beautiful fresh flowers on the table, spotless linen tablecloths, to the scrumptious homemade treats to enjoy, this ...  »

Live DJ Dance Party with Food
12 Jul

Online; Food Pick up - Riverdale Hub, 1326 Gerrard St E, Toronto

July 12, 2020

$14-$17

Live DJ Dance Party is a charity event located in the East End of Toronto. Pick up your Plant – Based Shawarma Bowl “Bear Bowl” made popular by ...  »

DJ Workshops
14 Jul

Various Venues, GTA

July 14, 2020 To August 23, 2020

416-804-3006

$60 per hour workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to DJ or just try it out for fun? Now’s your chance. Scratch Lab is turning an 18 foot truck into ...  »

Smash Escape Room
16 Jul

Trivia Escape Rooms,1444 Dupont Street, Toronto

July 16, 2020 To September 27, 2020

$150

Release your frustrations with constructive destruction in the first Smash Escape Room. Combining rage room elements with puzzles and games in order to raise funds for Black ...  »

Haunted Ghost Drive-Thru Tour
16 Jul

Pickering Museum Village, Concession Road 6, Greenwood

July 16, 2020 To October 29, 2020

$20 per car

Take a driving tour of the historic village at night and hear stories from the past that still haunt us today. Learn about paranormal investigations that have ...  »

Allan Rayman
18 Jul

CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson Street, Toronto

July 18, 2020

$110 - $450+charges

Join for drive-in concert by Allan Rayman. CityView Drive-In is an entirely contactless experience designed to host 200+ vehicles, where guests can enjoy live entertainment from the 238-foot ...  »

TANK TREK Drive-Thru Tank Adventure
18 Jul

The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum, 1000 Stevenson Road North, Oshawa

July 18, 2020 To July 19, 2020

$49.09

VISIT OUR MUSEUM AND EXPERIENCE TANKS IN ACTION The museum is introducing its first “Tank Trek” a Drive-Thru museum and Tank Adventure for the entire Family. This ...  »

Porchside Songs
18 Jul

Your Curb, Toronto-GTA (within the "M" postal code range)

July 18, 2020 To August 28, 2020

1-888-324-6282

$300/concert

The Musical Stage Company, live and in concert, from your front yard! Nothing beats communities, neighbours, and friends coming together to experience extraordinary music. Join us this ...  »

Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival
20 Jul

Ontario Place, Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto

July 20, 2020 To July 31, 2020

416-893-3966

$20 to $60

In celebration of Canada’s diversity, ICFF, presented by IC Savings, is teaming up with CHIN Radio/TV, in partnership with Ontario Place to offer Canadians an ...  »

Together at the Drive In
25 Jul

The Stardust Drive in Theater, 893 Mt Albert Rd, Sharon

July 25, 2020 To July 26, 2020

$100-$150 (price per car)

Pull-up to Toronto’s first large scale, socially-distanced live event Together at the Drive-In! The two-day event kicks off at 7 pm on Saturday, July 25 at the Stardust ...  »

Kensington Market Art Fair
26 Jul

Kensington Market Art Fair, 77 Nassau St, Toronto

July 26, 2020

Free

Come and join us for the first weekend of the 7th annual Kensington Market Art Fair on Sunday, July 26th! The Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF) is ...  »

The Pirates Treasure Hunt
01 Aug

Downtown, Toronto

August 1, 2020

8554648326

$50.00

Pirates have invaded Toronto! Cap’n Graybeard needs your help to find his missing treasure map. Beware, mateys, you’ll encounter VIRTUAL Pirates, Scurvy Dogs and need ...  »

Black Swan Event Retirement Investing Seminar
04 Aug

Toronto Public Library - Albion Branch, 1515 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto

August 4, 2020

435-884-3102

Free

“Black Swans” are random and devastating economic events. They cause catastrophic damage to the economy… and… can not be predicted by any standard forecasting models. In this ...  »

A Tribe Called Red
06 Aug

CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson Street, Toronto

August 6, 2020

$120 - $510

Join for drive-in concert by A Tribe Called Red. CityView Drive-In is an entirely contactless experience designed to host 200+ vehicles, where guests can enjoy live entertainment from ...  »

The Leslieville Flea
09 Aug

Ashridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East, Toronto

August 9, 2020

Free

The Leslieville Flea is back in person this summer at Ashbridge Estate; July 19, August 9th and September 13th! Don’t miss the season opener July 19th with ...  »

The Leslieville Flea
13 Sep

Ashridge Estate, 1444 Queen St E, Toronto

September 13, 2020

Free

The Leslieville Flea is back in person this summer at Ashbridge Estate; July 19, August 9th and September 13th! Don’t miss the season opener July 19th with ...  »

Tesla X - Dance Party
26 Sep

Alectra parking lot, Derry Road, Mississauga

September 26, 2020

$0.00 - $0.00

Part of National Drive Electric Week Drive Electric Toronto – PEVA NEED 120 Tesla X to break record – Dance Party (easter egg) simultaneously Sept 26/20- Drive Electric Toronto – 11am – 3...  »

15. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert

There are many free concerts live-streamed every day. Check them out.

16. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World

With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.

17. Explore Canada or the World From Home

Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks andmany more places from Home. Travel tointernational or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.

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