12 things to do while distancing in Toronto this weekend: July 10 to 12

Jul 9 2020, 10:51 am

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.

This summer is shaping up to be a little different than before, but like you, we still want to enjoy the weekend. The weather might not cooperate, but there are still plenty of things to do in the city.

Have some fun, Toronto.

Live virtual Jazz Fest – Don Thompson Trio

Every Friday, the Toronto Jazz Fest is putting on a show. This week, broadcasting from the Jazz.FM91 studios is the Don Thompson Trio. Support some local talent while enjoying some of the music in the city.

When: Friday, July 10
Time: 5 to 6 pm
Where: On JazzFM91

Kensington Market Flea

After a slightly delayed start to the season, the flea will run from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, through to October 18.

The flea will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city, which means you’ll be able to browse handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Saturday and Sundays, until October 11 
Time: 
11 am to 7 pm
Where: 
214 Augusta Avenue — rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods

Summer Music in the Garden at Home

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. This Sunday, enjoy Flûte Alors!, a quartet from Montreal celebrates one of the most imaginative of Baroque composers: Georg Philipp Telemann.

When: Sunday, July 12
Time: 4 pm
Where: Watch 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 well as 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.

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.

Go for a hike

Take a hike, buddy! It’s good for your health. Toronto and the surrounding area is full of great hiking trails for you and your bubble to enjoy. We just so happened to put them together in a list for you.

Try a Macaroon ice cream sandwich

Yeah, they’re real, and it’s spectacular. One of the city’s favourite French pastry shops, Nadège, has taken this classic fancy European treat and somehow made it even better. If you’re trying to stay cool or just looking to indulge, try one of these.

Where: 780 Queen Street West and 1099 Yonge Street

Cool off in a Toronto pool

This might not be the best weekend for it, but when the rain breaks and the heat sticks around, head to one of the city’s public pools. Almost all of Toronto’s outdoor pools are open (a few are still under construction), and if you want to find the nearest one near, you we put together a handy list.

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.

Aga Khan Museum

You can now visit the galleries at the Aga Khan Museum. Tickets can be bought online, in advance. Timed entry tickets have been put into place to control the flow of visitors. Face masks are also required to be worn by all visitors over the age of two.

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.

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