We’re starting week four of social distancing here in Canada, and if there’s anything we’ve learned over the past month, it’s that Canadians are resilient.
We’re also very good at finding ways to stay connected and entertained while exercising physical distancing.
Now that the state of emergency has been extended for another two weeks, we’ve come up with a few more ideas that you can do in Toronto this week, without coming into contact with anyone else.
Tour the AGO online
Get your art fix by visiting the AGO through its online collection. If you’re feeling inspired for your own paint night, Above Ground has a wide selection of art supplies and is now offering delivery across Ontario and Quebec.
Plan a virtual house party
It’s not too late to join the party (pun intended). The Houseparty App lets you connect with friends face-to-face, without feeling like a conference call (because let’s be honest, you can’t call on Zoom without feeling like you’re at work). The app also has games built in, so you know it’s going to be a good time.
Stream Toronto artists online
ISO Radio, founded by @jayemkayem and @freezachin, has been hosting DJ sets online featuring local DJs that are no longer able to perform at your favourite venues. They also have a live chat so you can stay connected over music while supporting local artists in your community.
Go for a walk in your neighbourhood
With many parks being closed off to the public (for good reason), now is a good time to seek out a quiet path and find somewhere in your own neighbourhood to explore. Perhaps there’s a road you always pass by on your way to work but never had enough time to find out where it leads — it’s finally time to take a detour, venture into those paths, and of course, make sure to stay 6 feet away from others.
Send a special delivery
While it may seem like everything is on pause, now is the time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. Show them you care and surprise them with random acts of kindness, such as ordering delivery to their door from their favourite restaurant!
Help out an elderly neighbour
Staying indoors already means we’re doing our part to help “flatten the curve,” but if you’re looking to go out of your way to do something more, see if there are any elderly neighbours in your building that can use your help. Leave a note on your building’s bulletin board with your number, and pick up some essential items for them on your next grocery run.
Have a picnic in your car
Dine-ins and picnics in the park are now off-limits, but who says you can’t get take out and eat in your car? Find a secluded rooftop parking lot with a nice view of the Toronto skyline, and enjoy your very own dining experience with a view.
Explore the Ripley’s Aquarium online
Many of us have been to the Ripley’s Aquarium before, but did you know there’s a PENGUIN CAM where you can literally watch penguins waddling all day, live? There are also live, educational events daily, so make sure to check out their website here.
Support local shops online
Treat yourself to a spa night at home while supporting local businesses in your community! The Beauty Room has at-home facial kits for delivery so you can continue to practice Self Care 2020.
Watch a comedy show online
It’s important to stay positive during times like this. Toronto’s very own The Corner Comedy Club has brought its shows online to continue to support Toronto’s comedians. Interested in becoming one yourself? The Second City Toronto is also offering classes online.
Learn about Toronto
Read about Toronto from the comfort of your own home. Just because you can’t venture out, doesn’t mean you can’t learn about your city and get better acquainted with your neighbourhood!
Sign up for a workout class online
A lot of fitness studios and Instagram accounts are now offering helpful videos and tips on workouts you can try at home. While it’s a great way to stay active, it’s just not the same as going to class, where you have an instructor and classmates to hold you accountable and ensure you’re fully engaged throughout the entire session. At Misfit Studio, you can now book an online class and stream via Zoom. They have multiple sessions every day, so it’ll get you right back on your fitness track!
Take a virtual tour of Toronto
Missing your city? Us too. But don’t worry, you can still feel connected to your city through this aerial, 360° panoramic view of Toronto and explore the city from a whole new perspective.
Remember, the times we stay at home are what we make of it. Stay indoors as much as possible, stay safe, and stay up to date with daily news on Daily Hive.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article listed going “for a joy ride” as an activity suggestion. That has since been removed to reflect the importance of proper physical distancing and restricting travel during this time.