Summertime and the living’s easy, especially when you’re floating down a peaceful waterway in the sunshine. You don’t have to venture too far out of the city to enjoy a carefree afternoon on the water. These lazy rivers near Toronto are the perfect way to relax this summer.

Check out this list of lazy rivers open this summer in and around the GTA and start planning your blissful summer adventure.

Elora Gorge Tubing

This awesome spot is only about a 1.5-hour drive outside of Toronto. When you make the trek, you’ll be met with the beautiful natural landscape that is The Elora Gorge. After about a 20-minute walk, you’ll be at the beginning of the lazy river and your adventure will truly begin.

Be brave and tube the fast rapids or just lounge in the relaxing area of the stream. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy the gorgeous sights of the surrounding river and the beautiful cliffs above.

Rafting at Elora Gorge opens for the season on June 18, 2022. Reservations are required in advance and you can book them online.

Where: Elora Gorge Park, 7400 Wellington County Rd, Elora

Lazy River at Canada’s Wonderland

You won’t have to hike or road trip your way to this easily-accessible, classic lazy river. Located at SplashWorks in Canada’s Wonderland, this quarter-mile-long waterway has a gentle moving current that lets you kick back and enjoy the ride, surrounded by scenery and sunshine.

“Nestle down into a colourful, cushy inner tube, put your shades on, lie back and let the gentle current do all the work of advancing you down and around the river,” the description says.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland

Grand River Rafting

This tubing adventure is one hour west of Toronto and is suitable for people of all ages because of the relaxing waters. The river is nestled in the wilderness and some occasional paddling is required, but don’t worry, it’s all very beginner-friendly.

There are several tubing routes you can take that range in length from 3 km to 11 km, depending on how much time you have. Reservations are required in advance and you can book them online.

Where: Location provided upon reservation

Lazy River at Wet n’ Wild

This 100-acre waterpark in Brampton opens in late June 2022 and it boasts endless attractions, including a lazy river called the Muskoka Soakah. “Grab a tube, catch some rays, and relax as you float along this refreshing ‘lazy’ river,” the description says.

You can hop on and off this lazy river throughout the day, making it the perfect spot for a chill break in between waterslide runs and cannonballs.

Where: 7855 Finch Ave W, Brampton

Saugeen Springs River Tubing

You can make a whole weekend out of this river tubing adventure by renting a campsite, cabin, cottage, or trailer at Saugeen Springs RV Park, located just two hours outside of the city. You can also rent a tube and come just for the day, but keep in mind that day-use rentals aren’t available on long weekends.

There are two tubing runs to enjoy here. The shorter one is 45 minutes long and the longer one is about two hours. The best time to enjoy this tubing experience is between late June and Labour Day weekend.

Where: Saugeen Springs RV Park, RR #3, 173844 Mulock Rd, Hanover