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As summer gets going, one great activity to partake in is going to a fun event or festival with your family and friends. You can enjoy the nature, food, activities, and rides. Here are five events to give you an idea about the kinds of festivities that are out there.

1. The Fringe: Toronto’s Theatre Festival: Running until July 10, the Fringe festival is the largest theatre festival of its kind, with 150+ shows in 30 venues, and more than 1100 performances featuring local and international theatre companies. Ticket prices are very low, and the shows take place in multiple locations across the city.

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Everyone knows that chocolate is a great treat to indulge in at any time of the year. For some excellent quality chocolates, here are five places in Toronto that provide delectable and fancy chocolate creations.

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Pursuit OCR is a health club located at 444 Dufferin Street that has a huge indoor obstacle course and play zone. People of all ages can partake in the fun, and it is a great place to go this summer when the weather is too extreme outside. It is also a great place to go to burn off all the candy, ice cream, and other treats that may have been consumed earlier in the day. It is primarily an adult obstacle course, but spots can be reserved for children for Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon for family open park play days. Staff will also provide families with activities and fitness-related fun.

Pursuit OCR is a 10 000 square foot facility that has 2 classroom spaces and an indoor obstacle course consisting of 19 obstacles. The class space is surrounded by the independent training area, filled with equipment like ropes, stall bars, a slack line, and a couple of 11 and 14 feet high cove walls. The cove walls look like something you would see the “cool kids” skateboarding on – here, adults can run up the cove walls, hoist themselves on to the lip of the wall, and climb back down on a nearby secured ladder. The course is a mix of getting over or going under barriers, crawling through tunnels, climbing a tire wall, swinging from monkey bars, scaling a wall, and jumping into a ball pit. The course is considered to be quite challenging, and muscles will be sore days after visiting it. However, it is also very exhilarating. Amid the occasional moments of fear, reluctance, and exhaustion, all the activities are so much fun to take part in and incredibly exciting.

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As summer rolls around, people all over the city can engage in the fun activity of treating themselves and their families to candy. Although one can get candy year round, the fun of the process can be amplified in the summer because other activities are available – things like outdoor activities, going to the beach, and playing at the park. When shopping for candy, going one step further for some high quality, unique candy can make for a highly enjoyable day. Here are five lovely candy stores in Toronto.

 

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The arrival of summer brings with it a desire to fire up the barbecue and fill the air with the smell of delicious, flavourful meats and other grilled foods. When you can’t get to the barbecue yourself, or when the hours of smoking are too long a wait, you will want to check out high-quality barbecue restaurants where the meat is seriously good. Here are five of the best barbecue restaurants in Toronto:

  1. Barque Smokehouse: Located on Roncesvalles, this restaurant is very popular within the city and is well-known for its traditional BBQ brisket, ribs, and wings. It is a nice small neighbourhood spot, and it has family night on Sundays.

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Do you ever think where tourists visit when they travel to your city? How well do you know your city? Experience what they are experiencing. Revisit attractions you've been to before or explore new places that you've never been, and make a day out of it. Here are some top attractions and exciting things to do in Toronto:

 

Canada's Wonderland: This theme park features over 200 rides, as well as a Typhoon and Splash Station for water lovers to get some fun in the sun. This is the place to spend your entire day with your friend, partner, or family, and create long-lasting, fun memories.

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Summer is only a month away, and before we know it, the sun will shine, the flowers will bloom, and the festivities will begin. Toronto is notorious for throwing great events and bringing people together for celebrations.

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We all know that Toronto, Ontario is a tremendously multicultural city. This means that we have the opportunity to taste dishes from all across the globe. Below, we have covered five restaurants that we consider fantastic restaurants ranging from casual to upscale:

1. Salad King

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Family Day is just around the corner. Other than Christmas and Easter, Family Day is a special holiday dedicated to gathering your entire family and spend quality time with one another. There are no rules on how to spend the day. The day is meant to appreciate every moment spent with your family, there should be no distractions. There is something for every family to do, there are no shortage of events taking place in and around the city of Toronto.

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It's the middle of the summer and you're probably looking for a way to cool off on those hot nights. Well, you're in luck because we've piled up our favorite rooftop patios in Toronto! They're perfect if you're looking to catch some rays or if you want to feel the nighttime breeze when the sun sets. So sit back, relax, and grab a cold one... because this rooftop patio list has you covered.

Drake SkyYard - 1150 Queen Street West: This celebrated rooftop is a must-see. With tents, blankets, and cushions to get cozy in, this is a great place to snuggle up with someone special and relax with a few drinks. They even have marshmallow roasting when it gets a bit cooler. Make sure you don't leave without trying their famous Drake Mojitos!

Pauper's Pub - 539 Bloor Street West: This cozy rooftop patio is situated right in the heart of the Annex, meaning it’s a popular hangout for summer students taking a break from their thesis to enjoy the good weather. Not to mention the great view of the city!

The Pilot - 22 Cumberland Street: With it's location in the heart of Yorkville, this large rooftop patio gives an inclusive vibe, bringing in people from all over Toronto and summer tourists alike. The steel tables and chairs give it an industrial charm and lots of space to bring friends.

Hemingway's - 142 Cumberland Street: Another popular Yorkville spot which plays host to the after-work crowd. The patio provides a relaxing view of Yorkville for people looking to enjoy the summer sun and unwind after a stressful day at work. Run with a New Zealand vibe, the staff is always friendly and outgoing.

The Madison - 14 Madison Ave: A former Victorian mansion attached to the Madison Boutique Hotel, this is a popular spot for students young and old. Offering a maze of different rooms, including an adorable rooftop patio, a piano room, and a dance floor, this is the place to be any night of the week. The Madision is a great place- even after the summer is over!

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Located in the core of downtown Toronto is a music shop that values both its music-related products and music-loving customers. Whether it's punk, rock, metal, pop, or a mix of everything that you're into, the shop provides products for all types of music-lovers, including the newest designs of band t-shirts, albums, and accessories. The excellent products, coupled with friendly and accommodating sales associates, plays a tune that's hard to beat.

Recently, I went to the shop looking for one of my favorite band's t-shirts. As I entered the store I was immediately greeted by a friendly employee and hit with a wave of nostalgia as some music from my childhood was playing in the background. A large section of the store is dedicated to mainstream music, but there are sections commemorative to the influential movements of punk and rock.

The employee who greeted me was accommodating and friendly, taking the time to help me decide on the best design for the t-shirt, find the correct size, and inform me about their current sales and offers. Along with his attentiveness and great customer service, the employee revealed their music chops by speaking with me about my favorite band and giving me music recommendations.

I left the shop with a new top, an album featuring the nu-metal genre, and the unwavering decision to make all future music purchases here.

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Our beaches may not rival the beaches of Spain or the South of France, but they are definitely a good substitute for people that want to get away from the city and enjoy some sand, water, and sunshine. Here are my picks for the best beaches to visit in Toronto:

  1. Woodbine Beach: Woodbine Beach is located at the bottom of Woodbine Avenue, near Ashbridge’s Bay Park. Looking out over the sprawling waters of Lake Ontario, this beach is spacious and sociable. If you're looking for something more than lounging on the sand and taking a dip in the water, Woodbine has over 90 beach volleyball courts owned by the Ontario Volleyball Association, designated for public use. The water quality meets all standards and has been recognized for its safety and community engagement since 2005.
  2. Hanlan’s Point: Hanlan’s Point, located on the Toronto Islands, is well known for it’s clothing optional area. However, don't be discouraged to bring the family. There are clothing mandatory sections and nearby is one of Toronto’s first amusement parks, which causes the beach to get awfully busy on hot weekends. The water quality is pristine, having received a Blue Flag label, and you'll have trouble finding softer sand anywhere in the city.
  3. Sunnyside Beach: Just West of the Exhibition grounds, Sunnyside Beach spans a long stretch of sand along Lake Ontario. It is not the ideal place to swim, being the closest beach to the downtown core, but it makes up for it with its view, being able to see all the way to Hamilton on a clear day. The Gus Ryder Pool is also located directly next to the beach which draws in lots of overheated families looking to cool off. The beach is great on summer evenings and weekends, sitting on the beach or grassy area and enjoying the scenery.
  4. Cherry Beach: Located at the bottom of Cherry Street, Cherry Beach is a popular spot for kite boarding and surfboarding. The beach atmosphere is laid back and lacks the showy 'beach body' patrons who prowl some of the other beaches looking for attention. The water quality has also received a Blue Flag label and is great for swimming.
  5. Bluffer’s Park: Bluffer’s Park is located at the bottom of Brimley Road. The beach itself at Bluffer's Park is one of the nicest in the city. With the Scarborough Bluffs to the north, the park is both scenic and well tended. It is also an excellent place for a nighttime bonfire and hiking. The beach offers great water and sand quality.

 

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Summer is here and what better time to really get to know our beautiful city of Toronto. Here are the top five Toronto cultural institutes that get us really excited about history and culture:

  1. Art Gallery of Ontario: Founded in 1900, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in Canada and has a collection of over 80,000 works. It's a great place to see Canadian heritage pieces, European masterpieces, and contemporary art. The Art Gallery of Ontario also hosts exclusive exhibitions such as the art work of Ancient Egypt and the masterpieces of Picasso.
  2. Royal Ontario Museum: For a better understanding of how nature and humanity are intertwined, take a look around the Royal Ontario Museum. Here you see exhibits from all over the world, such as the Forbidden City Exhibit, giving insight into different cultures and histories. There are also family activities such as arts and crafts which make the Royal Ontario Museum an amazing place to learn and be inspired.
  3. Gardiner Museum: Clay workshops are offered to all ages at the Gardiner Museum. With upcoming exhibitions such as the “The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette” and “Clare Twomey: Piece by Piece,” the Gardiner Museum reveals some of the most innovative and inspirational clay art work in the world.
  4. Museum of Inuit Art: Officially opened in 2007, the Museum of Inuit Art displays both past and present artistic expressions of the Inuit. Current exhibitions include the “New Acquisitions: Drawings from the Kivalliq” and the “The Matchbox Gallery: A Retrospective.” Coupled with an atmosphere inspired by the Arctic landscape, one can become fully emerged in Inuit history and art.
  5. Textile Museum of Canada: Located in the core of downtown Toronto and open seven days a week, the Textile Museum of Canada is home to 12,000 objects from more than 200 regions, displaying different clothing, fabrics, and textiles. The Textile Museum of Canada is currently hosting three exhibits: “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru,” “Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao,” and “Telling Stories.”

 

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