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23 of the best things to do at home and around Toronto this July

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Summertime in the city. Is there anything better? And this July, we plan on living life to the fullest. Well, the fullest we can while still staying safe amid a global pandemic. And as the city slowly starts to reopen, there are tons of things to do to keep us occupied. So get ready, people. This summer might look a little different from most years, but that won’t make it any less fun.

Here are the best things to do at home and around Toronto this July.

CELEBRATE VIRTUAL CANADA DAY

The first of this month begins with a massive Canada Day celebration from Canadian Heritage. It’ll include nationwide programming and interactive online events. So why not kick off the month with this stellar party?

JOIN THE TORONTO CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

Or if a country-wide event is just too much to handle, you can log on to Toronto’s virtual version. It’ll include content from the city’s best chefs, Canadian music, and even a cameo from Mayor John Tory. Sounds like a party to us!

CHECK OUT THE TRAGICALLY HIP

Yup, it’s another Canada Day celebration. What? There’s just so many this year! And if you’re a fan of the band The Tragically Hip, this is the one for you. They’ll be taking over SiriusXM to bring us a livestream celebration of Canada’s 153rd birthday.

COMMIT A CANADIAN ACT OF KINDNESS

Okay, okay, this is the last Canada-themed one. We promise. But all this talk of Canada Day has got us reflecting on what it means to be Canadian. And our personal favourite part of our national identity is our reputation for being nice. So why not prove that reputation true and see if you can beat any of the super-kind Canadian acts of kindness we’ve already seen this year.

VOLUNTEER ONLINE

Feel like helping out a little bit in your spare time? Well, there are more than a few ways to do so, and we rounded up our top picks right now to help you choose.

SHOP FOR A MASK ONLINE

As more and more businesses begin to reopen, it’s super important to be able to visit them safely. Which is why we created the ultimate guide to shopping for masks online! You can feel confident that you’re being as safe as possible when you’re out and about wearing these masks.

OR HEAD TO MASK ONTARIO

If you’re not into online shopping but still wanna get your hands on some masks, this is the store for you. They’ve got super cheap masks for sale. Plus, they donate a portion for their proceeds directly to frontline workers. Sounds like there’s no downside here!

DINE IN THE GORGEOUS CASA LOMA GARDENS

Patios are finally reopening. And this one might just become your new fave. Cause you can dine on the ground of Canada’s only castle. You’ll have incredible views of the city, as well as overlooking the gorgeous gardens. Can you think of a better spot for dinner?

HIT UP A TORONTO PATIO

Speaking of patios, there are a ton of other Toronto restos that have just reopened outdoor dinning. There’s seriously nothing like dinning on a patio in July. So head on out and enjoy yourself!

OR ONE OF TORONTO’S BEST BARS

Okay, we spoke too soon. You know what’s better than patio dinning? Patio drinks. And lucky for us, some of Toronto’s best bars have also just reopened outdoor seating. So take happy hour to the next level this summer, people. We know we will be!

GO ON A STAYCATION

With travel still restricted thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, sometimes it can feel like we’re in serious need of a vacation. But since that’s not an option, why not a staycation? There’s so much to do in this city, it’s easy to feel like a tourist in your own home. So check out one (or all) of these amazing spots next time you’re feeling a little stir-crazy.

HEAD TO A MUSEUM

Speaking of at-home tourism, what better way to spend an afternoon than at one of Toronto’s best museums? And lucky for us, both the AGO and the ROM have just announced their official reopening dates. So head there this July to for some afternoon perusing.

GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

Okay, this one’s not gonna be that fun. But it’s definitely important. Because getting tested for COVID-19 is a surefire way to find out whether you’re unknowingly spreading the virus or not. Plenty of people who are asymptomatic could have the virus. So head to one of the testing centres to find out if that’s you.

GO TO A POOL

Thanks to SwimTO, a ton of Toronto pools have been slowly reopening throughout the city. And in these hot days of summer, there’s really no better way to cool off. So check out one of the newly reopened public pools for a refreshing midsummer dip.

OR THE BEACH

Not a public pool fan? That’s fair. There are also a ton of Toronto beaches that have just reopened! Grab your towel and lather up the sunscreen. You’ve a day in the sun ahead!

DRIVE INTO A FILM FESTIVAL

Movie lovers, this one’s for you. From July 20th-31st, Ontario Place is hosting the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival. They’ll have amazing selections from all over the world. And the best part, you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own car. Sounds like a scene straight out of a 90s movie, if you ask us.

VISIT THE CN TOWER

Toronto’s most famous attraction just celebrated it’s 44th birthday. So now’s the time to hit it up. You can experience amazing views of the city and some delicious eats at the 360 restaurant. Or you can just test your nerve on the glass floor. Or both. It’ll be reopening with new COVID-19 regulations on July 15th.

VISIT THE TORONTO ISLANDS

Is it summer in Toronto if you don’t head to the islands at least once? We don’t think so. The good news is ferry service has just resumed for the public. The bad news is some attractions on the island aren’t exactly open this year. But hey, you can still explore the place and visit their beautiful beach and boardwalk. And in these strange times, that’s more than good enough for us.

HEAD TO THE TORONTO ZOO

Another Toronto attraction has just reopened and this one goes out to all the animal lovers. Right now, visiting is finally back in session at the Toronto Zoo. And it’s just in time to say hello to their brand new baby giraffe. Awww!

PLAY REAL LIFE MARIO KART AT CLIFTON HILLS

Up for a road trip? Cause adventure is waiting for you when you drive over to Niagara Falls. They’ve just reopened their strip of touristy activities. So can ride the Skywheel, visit a wax museum, or ride on a real life Mario Kart track. Whatever your heart desires.

CHECK OUT THIS RESTAURANT OF THE FUTURE

Canada’s first entirely automated restaurant has just opened in Toronto. And we’re thinking now’s a good time to test is out. It’s the perfect spot for delicious eats while still social distancing!

GET FIT

Let’s be real, our “calories don’t count in quarantine” attitude definitely didn’t do us any favours summer body-wise. So we’re more than ready to hit the gym. Lucky for us, a ton of GoodLife Fitness locations have been reopening across the country. And by the end of the month, pretty much all the Toronto ones will be back. Whew, time to hit the weights.

DO SOME STREAMING

Okay, so obviously there’s loads to do out and about in the city. But since we’re still in a pandemic and many of us are spending most of our time at home, we figured we’d include a list of things to watch. So spend your time on your couch streaming these incredible shows and videos.

Have a great July, everyone!

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