13 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: August 10 to 16

Aug 10 2020, 1:14 pm

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopening, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.

Who’s ready for a new week of interesting things to do — while staying safe of course. Toronto won’t let you down, so try one of these activities both out and at home as we settle into the middle of August.

Enjoy free pizza at a brand new indoor beer garden

One of Toronto’s King Street bars is turning into an indoor Beer Garden and they’re handing out free pizza to the first few guests. Love Child will be launching its new concept on August 12 with a new pizza and drink menu. To celebrate, at 5 pm they’re giving away free pizza to the first 100 customers.

When: Wednesday, August 12
Time: 5 pm
Address: 69 Bathurst Street

Head to an ice cream festival

Treat yo’ self to the ultimate summertime dessert. From August 15 to 16, Scarborough Town Centre will be hosting an ice cream fest from 11 am to 7 pm in collaboration with Street Eats Market.

The socially distanced event is free to attend and will have ice cream favourites from Eva’s Original Chimneys to Fugo Desserts.

August 15 to 16
Where: Scarborough Town Centre — 300 Borough Drive

Toronto Scavenger Hunt

The hunt is on. You and your team will work together to wander throughout Toronto, racking up points and laughs along the way. It’s the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Toronto. Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see include city hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

When: August 15 to 16
Where: 100 Queen Street West
Admission: $43.01 – $86.49, available online

Corktown & Riverside Beer Tour

With great facts and good beer recommendations, guests can have a great time spending a couple hours with their expert guide, on a casual and fun day out on the town, drinking great beer and getting a real feel for the old Corktown and Riverside neighbourhoods.

You and your guest(s), will learn about centuries of history, early and modern beer history, visit hidden alleyways and see private laneways and row-housing, and drink plenty of beer.

When: August 10, 15, and 16

Colours of the World

Stay classy with a very cool art event at Twist Gallery. These artists are unafraid to step outside the box and challenge traditional ideas of art. See the bold and fearless creators’ works that catch the hearts of the viewers.

When: On until August 29
Where: Twist Gallery — 1100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free, register online

Have a distanced drink on the water

Mariposa Cruises is offering a unique dining experience aboard its ship docked on Queen’s Quay. Ontario’s liquor laws have officially been adjusted to allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked.

Where: Queen’s Quay
Tickets: Start at $32, available online

Catch a drive-in movie in the GTA

You’ll have to head out of the city for this one, but if you have access to a car (or someone does in your bubble) then you can enjoy a movie in a very old school way.

The 5 Drive-In and The Starlight Theatre (both in Oakville) are open as is the Starlite in Hamilton and The Stardust Drive in Theatre in Newmarket.

Some of the movies include E.T., The Invisible Man, and Troll World Tour.

Go raspberry picking


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One of the more sustainable activities you can take up during the summer, the time has come to hit the fields with baskets in hand and select only the brightest, plumpest, and juiciest berries in the land.

Whether you skip town on a Tuesday morning or spend the whole weekend away — there are multiple spots near Toronto where you can get your raspberry-pick on.

Where: Farms around the GTA, check online

Take a drive through the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is now open and has introduced a new Scenic Safari. “Take a drive on the wild side” from the comfort of your own car. You can now safely take a tour of the Zoo by driving through the site.

Timed-tickets must also be purchased by zoo guests in advance. Facial coverings are required inside all buildings including the African Rainforest Pavilion and the Gift Shop.

CN Tower EdgeWalk

This thrilling attraction is now open. You can participate in the EdgeWalk as a larger group if you live in the same house as them.

Masks or face coverings are required in order to gain access inside the CN Tower. Your temperature will also be taken as you pass through security.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is now welcoming guests back to the Castle. They have implemented protocols to ensure the safety of guests, including limiting the number of people in the castle at one time. They have also increased their cleaning schedule.

The onsite patio dining is also open for guests to grab a bite in the Gardens at Casa Loma or the Blueblood Steakhouse.

Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are open. Visitors must buy tickets online in advance. There will be a limit of 5,000 tickets per day, as the ferry service is operating at a 50% maximum capacity. Tickets will also only be valid for the selected day of purchase.

All passengers on the ferry will be required to wear facial coverings. To reduce crowding, the City is encouraging visitors to travel outside of peak times. The busiest time for travel from the terminal to Toronto Island Park is between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and between 3:30 and 6:30 pm for the return trip.

Get into a podcast or three

If you need some background chatter while you work from home, it’s never too late to discover a favourite podcast. From true crime to just hanging out and joking around, we’ve found 22 podcasts to appeal to anyone with a set of headphones and time to kill.

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