Canada's Condominium Magazine
In addition to the numerous events that are coming to Toronto this summer, there are a host of other activities and attractions that can be enjoyed daily in order to provide you and your family with the summer vacation of your dreams. Read on to discover all the fun and excitement that can be had in the Greater Toronto Area.
Spend the day at Canada’s Wonderland for hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family… or a group of friends. Thrill seekers are in for a blast with the Barracuda Blaster, Behemoth, Drop Tower, Sling Shot, Flight Deck, Xtreme Skyflyer and more. Many rides are available for children, as well. Some of these include the Woodstock Whirlybirds, Pumpkin Patch, Peanuts 500, Splash Station, and Taxi Jam.
Canada’s Wonderland also has group rates for corporate events, student and youth groups, church groups, and other groups and celebrations. “If you’re looking for the most unique place to host your next award ceremony, competition, or convention, look no further. Canada’s Wonderland offers a variety of different special interest group options to make your next group event FUN!”
The park also features a variety of shows and events, which include Cirque Canadien, PEANUTS Block Party, Starlight – Norther Reflections, Victoria Falls High Divers, and more. Children and adults alike will get a kick out of the Dinosaurs Alive! attraction, which features over 40 life-sized, scientifically-accurate animatronic dinosaurs and an interactive learning experience. Season pass renewals also receive free admission to Dinosaurs Alive!
Toronto Island Park
Located in Lake Ontario, a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto, the Toronto Islands offer loads of fun and entertainment, especially during the summer. Amazing beaches, picnic and BBQ areas, and Hanlan’s Point offer gorgeous views and are perfect locations for relaxing on your days off.
Centreville Park is a great place for picnics and barbecues, with its beautiful scenery which includes fantastic beaches and beautiful cherry trees. However, it has a lot more to offer as well, making it a prime location for family outings and get-togethers. Enjoy the petting zoo, grab a pizza by the docks or eat at one of the many other restaurants like the Carousel Café, or visit the water treatment facility and Artscapes’ Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts.
The Centreville amusement park can provide hours of fun for the little ones, with rides and attractions geared for those aged 3 to 7. These include an antique horse carousel, mini train, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a swan ride, and more. The park also has other features, such as the log ride, which are fun for the whole family. Tickets must be purchased for each ride, though day passes and family passes can reduce that cost. Tickets will also be required for parents who must accompany smaller children on certain rides. The Far Enough Farm is also located adjacent to the amusement park, and admission is free.
Head out to Mosport Kartways for hours of fun racing go-karts. Adults aged 19 or older can participate in the CRKC competitions up to three times a week. Kart rentals are available, and the venue also hosts private events as well as driver training. Karts are also available for purchase, and Mosport will even custom-build a kart for you. The facility is open every year from May through November, weather permitting. During the operating season, they are open six days per week (Wednesday through Monday), and the next big event is on July 1st from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
In addition to regular rentals and racing, the venue also offers club racing. “Mosport International Karting Association (MIKA) is a registered, non-profit corporation established to organize and promote amateur kart racing activities within a safe and enjoyable family environment.” Registration forms are available online. Be sure to check out the rules and regulations, also available on their site.
Summer Camps for Adults
Kids aren’t the only ones who get to spend their summers at camp. Adults-only summer camps around Ontario provide an opportunity to relive your childhood memories of fun and exciting summers spent at your favorite camps. Most of the camps open in August and September, so check them out for more information. Some of these include Camp No Counselors, Camp Roller Derby, Camp Yoga, Canadian Adventure Camp, Jamboree LGBTQ Summer Camp, Lake Field Music Camp, Northern Edge Algonquin, Two Islands Weekend, andZombie Camp.
Sailing and Cruises
Themed harbour cruises are available in the summer. Many of the Lake Ontario cruise operators along Queens Quay allow children on-board, which means these cruises are available for the whole family to enjoy. They also have special events for adults aged 19 and older. These events include cocktails, salsa dancing, Hawaiian luau sailings, and more.
Mariposa Cruises offers a first-rate fleet of vessels, as well as premium services and hospitality. “With a wide-ranging selection of cruise experiences from sightseeing to dining to hosting a private event, you are sure to find the cruise that is right for you.” Their high-quality cruise ships include the Captain Matthew Flinders, Northern Spirit, Oriole, Showboat, Klancy II, and Rosemary. Find out more information on these ships and their amenities on Mariposa’s website.
Tallship Cruises Toronto offers an experience of a lifetime sailing the Kajama, a 165-foot, three mast Schooner boat cruise. The cruise sails daily from downtown Toronto. Day and evening sails are available on their two ships, Kajama and Challenge. They also offer corporate, wedding, and educational boat cruises. More information on the boats, cruises, and pricing can be found online.
Water Sports and Boat Rentals
Toronto is home to one of the longest urban lakefronts, and it is surrounded by lakes and rivers. This makes Toronto a hotspot for water sports and activities. The following locations offer a wide range of rentals for those looking to spend a day out on the water.
Exclusive Sport Rentals
Located just north of Toronto, Exclusive Sports Rentals offers everything from banana boats to water skis to canoes. Exclusive Sport Rentals was created due to alarmingly high jet ski rental prices. For this reason, the company is dedicated to providing the best rentals at exceptional prices.
Canoes can be rented for $90 for 2 days, $130 for a long weekend, and $50 for a full week. Kayak rentals are available for $79 for 2 days, $109 for a long weekend, and $229 for a full week. All canoe and kayak rentals include life jackets, paddles, tie-down straps, foams transportation, and a marine safety kit. Employees will also help you mount the kayak to the roof of your car. Sea doos and jet ski rentals start at $249 for 1 weekday, $299 for 1 weekend day, and $599 for 2 weekend days. Jet ski rentals come with 3 life jackets, 2 temporary boaters licenses, a full tank of gas, and a trailer. They also offer a wide range of other rentals, all of which you can find on their website.
Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre
Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre has provided water sports equipment for over 30 years. Canoes can be rented for $50 for 2 hours, $75 for 3 hours, and $90 for 4+ hours. Solo kayak rentals are available for $40 for 2 hours, $55 for 3 hours, and $70 for 4+ hours. Stand up paddleboards are available for rent as well, starting at $40 for 2 hours, $55 for 3 hours, and $70 for 4+ hours. However, you must be 18 or older and have previous paddling experience and demonstrate paddling abilities in order to rent any of these. Those without experience can rent a tandem, which is priced similar to a canoe.
The Complete Paddler
The Complete Paddler is Canada’s largest canoe and kayak rental store, offering a wide range of water sport boat and equipment rentals. Canoes are available for rent for $45 per day. Kayak rentals start at $45 per day for solo kayaks and $65 per day for tandem kayaks. Paddleboards are also available for rent, starting at $45 per day. All rental prices include life jackets, paddles, car-top kits, and a safety kit. They also offer free shipping on all boating equipment.
Toronto Adventures offers a wide range of rentals at two locations, Humber River and Sunnyside Beach. Canoe rentals are available for $49.95 for 2 hours on weekdays and $59.95 on weekends. Kayaks are available for rent, starting at $29.95 for 2 hours on weekdays and $34.95 on weekends. All canoe and kayak rentals include lifejackets, paddles, and a safety orientation. Stand up paddleboard rentals start at $24.95 per hour on weekdays and $29.94 per hour on weekends.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Enjoy the great outdoors and scenic views by paddling through the TCRA’s lakes. Paddle boats and row boats are available for rent, priced at $14 per hour. All rentals include life jackets.