As Toronto continues to enjoy the freedoms of Stage 2, more and more businesses are reopening. And that means that there are a lot of fun family adventures open in summer 2020. Physical distancing measures are still in place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside with your family and have some good ol’ summer fun.
We’ve rounded up 10 outdoor adventures for families in Toronto to enjoy this summer.
Family Sailing Tours
Learn to sail or just enjoy the view of the Toronto Harbour on 3-hour Explore & Sail Tours from Jack of Sports. Tours are led by a licensed captain and are for up to five family members.
What’s more exciting than hiking through the forest? What about climbing through the trees in the forest canopy? Tree Top Trekking has a variety of locations across Southern Ontario and a variety of activities for kids of all ages. We love the Discovery Kids Courses, which are great for the little ones. Treewalk Village is another great option, but is still closed during Phase 2—check back in to see if and when it reopens.
If you’ve ever taken your kids down to Lake Ontario for a little fun fishing, this summer you can take it to the next level. At Epic Sportfishing, you can book an amazing fishing adventure for the whole family. Go out there and catch an epic fish—guaranteed!
Kayaking & Canoeing
Have you ever wanted to learn how to kayak or canoe? You and the whole family can learn how to paddle with the best of them while still practicing physical distancing with Toronto Adventures’ introduction to kayaking and canoeing course.
Get your feet wet this summer during a stand-up paddleboarding lesson—or two! We love the SUP lessons from Toronto Island SUP because you get to explore the islands and learn with a certified Paddle Canada/International Surf Association SUP Instructor.
Tour The Entire Beltline
If you are a family of cyclists, or just want to get outside and get active, biking Toronto’s Beltline is a fun way to get outdoors. This 9-kilometre path traces the route of the Toronto Belt Line Railway—an old commuter line from the 1890s. The line goes from the York Beltline Trail to the Kay Gardner Beltline and finishes off with a gorgeous tree-lined path near Evergreen Brickworks.
Outdoor Rock Climbing & Rappelling
Ever want to rappel down a rock face? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand(s) at climbing an actual cliff? Well, with the introductory rock climbing and rappelling course from Zen Climb you can do just that. The only prerequisite is being able to walk up a flat of stairs independently so most kids will be able to attend.
Go Karts Toronto
You’ll need to wear a helmet and a mask this summer if you head to Go Karts Toronto. But they are open and are ready to help you tap into your need for speed! You must be 10 years old and 54 inches tall to ride alone. Riders who are ages 4–9 and are 36 inches tall can ride for free as a passenger (the driver must have a full G class license to take a passenger).
Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo Private Tours
While Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo has yet to fully open to the public, they have started to offer private tours that you can book. Your family can get up close and personal at their Hamilton location. You can also book exclusive time with their sloths—what could be cuter than that?
Cruise Lake Ontario
Take a cruise of the Toronto skyline on the famous Mariposa Cruises. There are some restrictions in place due to COVID-19, but they are currently running cruises—you will need to wear a mask at all times (except for when eating) if you are over 3 years old.