As Ontario is officially in Stage 3 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.
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
- Getting a taste of nature or the wilderness is no problem in one of the biggest metropolises in the world.Toronto is filled with hidden trailsthat wind through parks and wooded areas, past rivers and lakes, and that are home to many flora and fauna to keep you engaged and excited throughout your journey on one of many nature trails on this list.
- Visit Greater Toronto area parks and conservation areas. There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore and enjoy nature in the GTA area.
- Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open for various activities. Beaches and washrooms (from June 22 ) are also open. Discover the unique attributes of each park.
- Enjoy a night of camping at Ontario parks as backcountry & Crown land camping is allowed now andother campgrounds will open on June 22.
- National Parks and Historic Sites are open from June 1.
- Beaches: You can sit or walk on Toronto area beaches. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard at the beaches is not recommended. Toronto area beaches will be staffed with lifeguards from June 22.
- Visit the Toronto Islands.
- Walk the spectacular fields of lavender farms in and around GTA. Most require timed tickets.
- Visit a sunflower field during August.
- Visit Apple Orchards& Corn Mazes during Fall.
3. Visit Museums & Art Galleries
- 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.
- Experience the game that defines Canada and a sport that has been adopted by over 70 countries at Hockey Hall of Fame.
4. Go on a Cruise
- 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
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 in most GTA cities.
The city of Toronto is offering two free outdoor recreation programs – ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX – for Toronto children and youth at 100 local Toronto parks and outdoor spaces this summer.
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
- Platform tennis
- Table tennis and pickleball courts
- Basketball courts
- BMX parks
- Skate parks
- Outdoor Pools/Indoor Pools from July 20.
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.
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
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
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.
18. Explore Ontario