Toronto adventures – summer and winter activities

Skaters at the ice rink at Nathan Philips Square, ©Benson Kua/Flickr

Skaters at the ice rink at Nathan Philips Square, ©Benson Kua/Flickr

Traveling is always an adventure. Getting to know new people and new cultures is only a small part of the fun. Along the way one learns many things, gains many experiences and collects lots of memories. The best memories are made when you don’t even plan them to be there. The city of Toronto is a superb holiday location where there are several different kinds of activities for everyone. No matter which season you plan to visit you will always find something fun and adventurous to do. In the summer you can go skydiving, paddling and play volleyball on the beach while in the winter you can practice all sorts of sports that involve snow.

Up in the air

When it comes to summer activities only the sky is the limit. Literally in Toronto the sky might not even be a limit. You can go on the ultimate mind blowing adventure located way up in the sky and walk on the edge of the CN Tower. Tie up and take a walk on the 365 m high rooftop. The brave-hearted ones can place their heels over the verge and lean entirely into the air holding unto the harness only. Skydiving is another adrenaline filled activity that takes place in the northern skies above Toronto. Feel the freedom and enjoy a panoramic view while you fall towards the ground at 200km/h. In case you still hadn’t had enough of fresh air in the heights you might also want to try Xtreme Skyflying. Fall in your own pace by controlling the rip cord and admire the breathtaking view opening in front of you.

Skydiving, ©wales_gibbons/Flickr

Skydiving, ©wales_gibbons/Flickr

Down below

For those who like to keep their feet on the ground or at least in the water we recommend stand-up paddle boating on Ontario Lake. SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) is a fun water sport where you can test your balance and navigation skills. You can rent a board and navigate around the islands or take a tour and just enjoy yourself. Located in a hidden corner of the islands there is a beach where clothing is optional, in other words anyone can go nude. There are only two nude beaches in Canada of which one being in Toronto is called Hanlan’s Point Beach and the other one in Vancouver. On the other hand if you are not a fan of nudism there are plenty other options as well.

Stand Up Paddlesurfer, ©mikebaird/Flickr

Stand Up Paddlesurfer, ©mikebaird/Flickr

Winter sports

Not far from Pearson Airport, at Centennial Park there are lifts which take you to Earl Bales Park where you can swish down with your ski or snowboard. There are rental opportunities on the spot and prices start at $15.50. For those who like a more graceful winter sport there are several opportunities through town for ice skating. Visit Nathan Philips Square in the center of Toronto and get on the ice. After a few laps you can sit down and enjoy a lovely cup of hot chocolate. If you would like to try something different we suggest you go on a snowshoe tour at Humber Valley or tobogganing in the hills. Slide down in Riverdale hills on the slopes of High Park or Lithuania Park.

Skaters at the ice rink at Nathan Philips Square, ©Benson Kua/Flickr

Skaters at the ice rink at Nathan Philips Square, ©Benson Kua/Flickr

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