Recommendations: Exploring Local this Long Weekend

As the calendar flips another page, coming to terms with August’s arrival can cause a sense of panic (ie: where did the time go?). With only a month left until autumn rolls around, there’s no better time to seize the warm weather than on the last long weekend of summer. If you’re planning on staying in the GTA this weekend, take advantage of all the amazing local sights and activities that Toronto has to offer.

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Re-Explore the Islands

After the expansive flooding that ravaged the Toronto Islands this spring, it left a void in one of the city’s premier destinations for fun in the sun. Thankfully, the time has finally arrived for the island to be reopened to the public! What better way to celebrate its return than with a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) excursion. There are numerous options available including: rentals, lessons, eco-tours of Lake Ontario, paddleboard yoga and stunning sunset tours. The fusion of exercise with the beautiful outdoor landscape provides the perfect combination for recharging your batteries. While city life can be hectic, it’s important to take time away from the hustle and bustle to clear your head.


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Take a Day Trip

If you’d like to get further away from the cityscape for the day, look no further than Terre Bleu. Located about an hour outside of Toronto between Milton and Guelph, Terre Bleu is Ontario’s largest lavender farm. As an organic and family-run farm, there are plenty of things to see and do. Besides the unforgettable aromatic experience, the lavender provides a base for handmade items sold at the farm like essential oils, lotions, macarons, wreaths and their ever-popular lavender ice cream.

In addition to housing an on-site apiary and farm horses, a unique yoga experience is offered in the breathtaking fields. The ultimate in relaxation and bliss, this yoga practice will have you breathing in the tranquil scents amongst the gently rolling landscape. You’re sure to leave the farm feeling peacefully serene.


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Celebrate Local Art

In honour of the province’s 150th anniversary, the Art & Music Ontario Festival celebrates all that is associated with the local art and music scene.

One of the many unique events offered is Martk’d, an exclusive platform that uses art and sneakers as an engagement tool to connect with contemporary culture. Considered a festival highlight, there’s also an opportunity to see a Drone Light Show Performance over the Ontario Place sky. Watch as 30 drones with LED colours fly and dance overhead for a performance using amazing Ontario built technology like none other.

Running the expanse of the long weekend, the free admission festival on Lake Shore Blvd is sure to entertain and bring out your artsy side.