If you’re looking for some fun Toronto adventures or outdoor activities, The Big Smoke has a ton to offer. No matter the season, grab your camera and your sense of adventure and go.
For you adrenaline-seekers, walking the edge of the CN Tower 1,168 feet above ground may be just the thrill you’re after. One of the most exciting of Toronto adventures, EdgeWalk is on par with any other height-related activity like skydiving and bungee jumping, and is open seasonally from April to October.
Toronto Outdoor Club
Toronto has plenty of forests, trails, and parks to explore all year long. The Toronto Outdoor Club is free to join and organizes local hikes, ranging in difficulty and length almost every day of the week. Join them for their always-popular food and beverage-themed outdoor activities, like “Hike for a Pint” or “Hike for a Slice.” The Humber Trail hikes, which follow the Humber River up the west end of the city, are also worthwhile. Surrounded by trees and the river, by the time you’ve experienced a few peaceful moments of silence, you’ll have forgotten that you’re walking through a city of almost three million people.
Toronto is a diverse city best discovered on foot. If you’re a nature lover, check out Urban Expeditions’ Green Tour, which offers some cycling and lots of walking throughout downtown Toronto. Are you a history buff? Muddy York’s true crime and punishment tours will do the trick. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be a fan of Urban Adventures’ beer and bacon tours. The City of Toronto offers over 30 walking tours, so whatever kind of walking adventure you’re looking for, you can be sure you’ll find it here.
If you, like the rest of the country, love to skate or play hockey, Toronto is the place to be. The city is home to more than 50 outdoor rinks and skating trails. Whether you plan to go for a leisurely skate or play a game of Canada’s favourite pastime, you can pick just about any neighbourhood you’re keen to explore and get moving. If you’re not sure where to start, try Trinity Bellwoods’ rink, where you’ll be surrounded by trees in one of the city’s best parks, or Greenwood Park’s skating trail, which offers a windy ice path that makes you feel like you’re gliding along a canal or river.
When the winter is over, hang up your skates and head to the lake. There are lots of outdoor activities to choose from, like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing, or you can ride your bike around the island. There’s nothing like learning a new skill out on the water as you glance back to see the iconic Toronto city skyline. When the wind and waves are just right, it’s like paradise. Sailing Fanatics on Cherry Beach offers both one-time sailing experiences and learn-to-sail courses.