Outdoor fitness spaces to check out on the Toronto waterfront

Aug 17 2020, 11:45 am

When we think of Toronto’s beautiful waterfront, we think of sipping a beer on a patio or trying out one of the water activities. But, on top of that, there are also plenty of ways to get your fitness on outside at the waterfront.

Outdoor exercise classes:

Tribe – 10 Lower Spadina, Suite 100

Outdoor classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You can participate in anything from HIIT to Yoga Flow. Classes take place just north of the studio and are available for drop-ins. Be sure to bring your own mat and water bottle.

Common Ground – 550 Queens Quay West, Studio 10

Outdoor classes run here six days a week. They alternate mornings and evenings. Some of the workouts you’ll find here include Metabolic shred, Power x Pylo/parachutes, and a 500-calorie burn goal class. Drop-ins available.

Cycling in the city:

Dream Cyclery – 390 Queens Quay West #111

If you want to multitask by practicing your fitness and exploring the waterfront, you can rent a bike at this shop. You can even rent a tandem bicycle to create the perfect exercise for two.

Wheel Excitement – 249 Queens Quay West #106

This is another fitness option that also offers bicycle rentals but also provides repairs and tune-ups. If you’re looking for some family-friendly fitness, try the family bikes with options for up to two children.

On the water:

Toronto Island SUP – 13 Algonquin Bridge Road Ward’s Island


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This may be one of the most peaceful ways to do a workout. The stand-up paddle boarding offers a unique and beautiful way to burn a few calories. If enjoying the water and trying out a few yoga moves doesn’t sound like the perfect water workout, we don’t know what will.

Park spaces:

If you’re looking to bring some of your own equipment and create your own workout, check out one of the waterfront’s parks. Here you can try out any workout whether it’s stretching, interval training, or yoga – the fitness possibilities are endless.

– HTO Park (East and West): 339 Queens Quay West
– The Music Garden: 479 Queens Quay West
– Ireland Park: At the foot of Bathurst Street and Queens Quay West
– Little Norway Park: 659 Queens Quay West

“The Toronto Waterfront has a range of options for those looking to stay active,” says Tim Kocur, executive director of the Waterfront BIA.

“What makes it extra appealing, particularly in the summer months, is you not only have these great lake views, but also a refreshing breeze off the water to cool you down.”

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