With the first day of summer quickly approaching, the people of Toronto are flocking outdoors to enjoy the many events and activities taking place across the city. And although there are endless ways to take advantage of such a lively time of year, the pages of a Toronto family scrapbook may help to determine how best to enjoy the season.
The following is a list of activities to consider this year, recommended by Torontonians circa 1913:
Enjoy a promenade through Allan Gardens, one of Toronto’s oldest parks founded in 1858. While you’re there you may want to drop into Allan Gardens Conservatory, built in 1910, just a few years before these photographs were taken.
Visit one of North America’s largest fairs, taking place annually at Exhibition Place.
Venture out to the Scarborough Bluffs and explore a unique geological feature of the city’s landscape.
Gather some friends and head to one of Toronto’s many parks and beaches.
The waterfront is at its best this time of year. Venture out on the Toronto Harbour and hop aboard a boat cruise, or take out a canoe. Maybe pay a visit to the Island.
Bike along a trail or through your favourite neighbourhood.
Wander over to your favourite store or market.
Embrace local history and check out how the city has evolved.
If the city has become too overwhelming, maybe it’s time to get away and take a weekend or day trip to the surrounding area.
So long as there are friends and family, there are no shortage of ways to appreciate summer in and around Toronto.