14 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: July 27 to August 2

Jul 27 2020, 1:08 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 doesn’t disappoint, so try one of these fun things this week.

2020 Ain’t Cancelled Series

Tune into these conversations about shifting your mindset, becoming the best version of yourself, and game planning for the future. Each week follows a different speaker and it’s a good way to end your evening.

When: Monday, July 27
When: 8 to 9 pm
Tickets: Free, register online

The Egyptian and His Neighbour – A Tale of Plague and Freedom

As soon as it became clear that no one would be able to gather in the Toronto Music Garden – or anywhere else – the artists at Summer Music in the Garden decided that the show must go on… at home. This Thursday, hear Ariel Balevi and Sina Bathaie perform an inspiring story from the Masnavi, Runi’s vast verse epic which collects some of the most celebrated stories from the Sufi tradition.

When: Thursday, July 30
Time: 7 pm
Where: Watch online

Gogh By Car

Gogh by Car, a drive-in version of the visually-striking Immersive van Gogh art experience. Take your car through a one of a kind experience redesigned to keep you safe but stimulated.

When: On until July 30
Time: Times vary depending on availability
Where: 1 Yonge Street
Tickets: Available online

Keep Your Distance – A Socially Distanced Comedy Show

Support some comedy and bring some much-needed levity into your house this Friday. Four hilarious performers are keeping the laughs going this Friday.

When: Friday, July 31
Time: 10 pm
Tickets: $12, available online

Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

“Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival,” will feature a thoughtfully curated selection of movies from some of the countries most affected by the global health crisis. A different nation will be represented each night, including France, China, Russia, the US, the UK, Brazil, India and Canada, with a special “Focus Italia” series.

When: On until July 31
9 pm
Ontario Place
Tickets: Start at $20 per car

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.

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.

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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