15 things to do in Toronto this week while physical distancing: June 29 to July 5

Jun 29 2020, 6:00 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 Canada Day may not be like year’s past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some serious fun — while staying safe. If you’re looking for something to do, be it at home or outside at a distance, then we’ve got a line up for you.

Toronto Islands

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The Toronto Islands opened to the public on June 27. Visitors must buy tickets online in advance and there will be a limit of 5,000 tickets per day. Tickets will also only be valid for the selected day of purchase.

All passengers on the ferry will be required to wear face 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.

Drive-Ins in the GTA

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A number of drive-ins in the GTA will be open on Canada Day, offering a selection of movies appropriate for families and any horror fans.

The theatres include the 5 Drive-In and The Starlight Theatre in Oakville, The Stardust Drive in Theatre in Newmarket, and Starlite in Hamilton.

The movies showing include Jumanji, The Invisible Man, Bloodshot, and The Hunt.

Drive-In Canada Day Concert

Ontario’s first-ever drive-in concert will be happening in Markham on Canada Day. We know it’s not quite Toronto, but if you need live music, this is the place to go.

Produced by Cabin Media Entertainment, the Dean Brody and Andrew Hyatt concert will take place at the Markham Fairgrounds. After the performance, fireworks are slated to close out the night.

When: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 7 pm
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Road, Markham
Admission: $209, available online

Toronto Beaches

You can go enjoy six Toronto beaches which are officially open.

Enjoy Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach, and Woodbine Beach.

Physical distancing measures should always be followed when visiting a beach or a park.

Swimming pools

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It looks like Canada Day might be a scorching 34°C, so it will be worth it to go to one of the City’s swimming pools, which will be available to the public.

Not only that, but all water recreational services are reopening, including splash pads, wading pools, and, indoor and outdoor pools.

Most of the pools are open, though they will be subject to conditions, check online for details.

Kensington Market Flea

After a slightly delayed start to the season, the flea launches on June 20 and 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, June 20 to October 11 
11 am to 7 pm
214 Augusta Avenue — rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada 

The aquarium will be providing guests with timed ticket entry. These online reservations are required to “manage capacity limits and minimize touchpoints at the entrance.” They have also recommended that all guests wear facemasks.

All programs, dive shows, and tours have been temporarily suspended. There will be no food or beverages for sale. There have also been social distancing markers placed in lines to reduce contact.

It’s open from 10 am to 8 pm and you can purchase timed tickets online in advance.

Toronto Zoo

On Canada Day, the zoo will be open from 10:15 am to 5:30 pm for the Scenic Safari in-car experience only.

Tickets can be purchased tickets online.

Cook an incredible meal using recipes collected from Torontonians

Taste the many flavours that make up this city.

Chefs from across Toronto have come together (figuratively) to curate a digital cookbook for the masses, filled with meals designed to be made at home. The dishes in the virtual pages are simple — one recipe is titled Jesse’s No Knead, No Skill Needed Square Pie With Bacon, for instance.

And they look devilishly good.

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.

Take a free online course through UofT

Want to increase your knowledge on a subject? Forget YouTube videos. Get some real education through the MOOC and online learning portal. The page connects you to multiple courses from institutions around the world, many with a scheduled structure and others that go at your own pace. From computer science to social science, there is a lot to choose from.

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.

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.

Listen to free audiobooks

Toronto Public Library’s Overdrive program is a great way to stream or download a massive collection of audiobooks and ebooks. It can be done over a computer or even through the Overdrive app on both android and iOS.

Learn something new about the city, the world, or even the universe. All it takes is a library card. You can also check out the free reading app Libby, by the same company.

Play some online Dungeons and Dragons

Failing being self-isolated with a group of roommates or the family, a lot of people will be looking for ways to pass the time and get some social contact beyond a phone call or a text thread.

Enter online Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

Most people think of D&D and picture a dining room table surrounded by people and covered with miniatures. And while in-person sessions are fun, there is an entire world of online D&D just waiting to be explored.

Here’s how to go about playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons while still physical distancing.

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.

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