First-timer’s Guide to Spring Activities in Toronto


With cherry blossoms bursting into bloom and locals heading outdoors to dine on the city’s leafy patios, there’s a bumper crop of spring activities to enjoy in Toronto this season. If you’re wondering about what to do in Toronto this spring, here’s a look at the very best of the city’s sights, cuisines, and attractions.

The Beaches

No springtime trip to Toronto would be complete without an afternoon exploring The Beaches. Beloved by locals, this playful neighbourhood comes alive in the spring and offers an enticing menu of outdoor activities. Bask in the sunshine and savour the fresh breeze as you stroll along the wooden boardwalk on the shores of Lake Ontario. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, strap on your rollerblades and whiz along the Martin Goodman trail, which runs along the waterfront from one end of the city to the other—just make sure you stop to check out the Sakura cherry blossoms that adorn High Park each spring. When the cold weather begins to thaw and you’re craving an afternoon of spring activities, another top choice is Kew Gardens. Once part of a farm owned by Toronto’s earliest pioneers, this green oasis features airy pathways, flowerbeds with a rainbow of spring tulips, and a graceful Victorian-era gazebo. You can’t help but smile as you explore the lush landscape, breathe in the intoxicating scents of freshly bloomed flowers, and relax as the sun’s warm rays fuel your spirits.

Royal Ontario Museum

When you step inside Canada’s largest museum and are enveloped by the sultry sounds of jazz music, you might imagine you’re not inside a museum at all. This venerable museum features The Crystal, an eye-popping entryway created by Daniel Libeskind that seems to burst from the red brick as though filled with treasures. It’s an appropriate portal, because inside the museum you’ll discover a treasure trove of spring activities. Spend a date-worthy evening at Friday Night Live where you can indulge in delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live music, and show off your dance moves (all beneath a canopy of dinosaur bones, no less!). Spring at the Royal Ontario Museum is also a wonderful time to experience their extraordinary exhibits. Brave the Bat Cave and wander the enthralling exhibit as you learn more about bats and their habitats, or visit the Galleries of Africa and let your curiosity guide you past mysterious mummies and intriguing ancient artifacts.

Amsterdam BrewHouse

Hold the piña coladas! Those in the know will tell you that beer is Canada’s unofficial national drink, and each spring Toronto’s suds lovers demonstrate their patriotic pride by scouting out the tastiest local and seasonal releases. Amsterdam BrewHouse is a warm-weather standout among Toronto’s breweries, brewpubs, and bars. Settle into a seat on their sunny patio and discover the surprising pleasures of a raspberry infused ale or the smooth maltiness of a brown ale as you gaze at the crystal blue waters of Lake Ontario. While it may still be spring, with a refreshing, citrusy wheat lager in your hand and the sun on your face you’ll feel as though summer is well on its way.

Windsor Arms Hotel

Afternoon tea at the elegant Windsor Arms Hotel is a favourite choice for first-timers wondering what to do in Toronto, and a quintessential rite of spring. As you enter the tea room to the sound of the musical clinks of fine porcelain, you are greeted by rays of sunlight streaming through tall windows and a quirky collection of wide-brimmed Edwardian-era hats for you to borrow and wear. Sip on a delicately perfumed rare Russian Caravan or a luscious licorice-laced Black Velvet tea and sample irresistibly buttery scones as you lounge in an atmosphere of old-world decadence. The Windsor Arms is nestled in the heart of ritzy Yorkville, one of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping districts, where you can browse the glossy storefront window displays filled with springtime designer fashions and search for precious mementos in eclectic boutiques before your afternoon tea. Later, if you’ve literally shopped til you’re ready to drop, a soak in the Windsor Arms’ azure saltwater pool will have you imagining you’re floating away on a summery day in the countryside.

  • Windsor Arms Hotel

    18 St. Thomas Street Toronto ON M5S3E7

    616 971-9666

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