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  • Summer in the City – Toronto

    Written by Michelle Lord, Marketing Coordinator | 8 August, 2017Summer in the City – Toronto

    Have you recently moved to Toronto for your FDM training or placement? Are you a Toronto native who has yet to take full advantage of all that a summer in the city has to offer? As Canada’s largest city, Toronto has a variety of offerings that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.  With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this summer, the variety of activities taking place in and around the city has grown immensely. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic place to live and work.

    Outdoor Excursions

    Throughout 2017, Parks Canada will be offering access free of charge to all national parks making this a great opportunity to explore Canada’s natural beauty. A Discovery Pass must be ordered online through the Parks Canada website. The site also offers a number of itineraries and maps to help with planning the trip. For day trips, Rouge National Urban Park is a great option. Located within the Greater Toronto Area, it is the first park of its kind spanning 79.1 square kilometers. This park offers numerous hiking trails, marshes and beaches that are sure to appeal to anyone looking for a quick escape.

    For weekend escape be sure to check out Thousand Islands National Park. Located a few hours away from Toronto and nestled on the St. Lawrence River, this expansive site offers a variety of activities including boating, hiking and camping. Waterfront cabins with modern comforts can be rented at a nightly rate to allow a peaceful escape from city life. Be sure to check out the red Muskoka chairs strategically placed throughout many national parks for relaxing and taking in an awe-inspiring view. With all of these fantastic options, Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to get out and explore.


    Toronto offers a number of attractions and amusement parks open during the summer, which provide a fun escape from the everyday grind. Every summer, the Canadian National Exhibition comes to town. Attendees can expect  midway games and rides, unique food offerings, concerts, acrobatic and figure skating shows, shopping, casino games and much more. In celebration of Canada 150, be sure to check out Toronto Fire Services’ historic photographic display and parade to gain a deeper understanding of Toronto’s history. Many performances at the CNE will be featuring Canadian cast members in celebration of the Canadian entertainment scene.

    Another summer favourite is Canada’s Wonderland, an amusement park located just outside Toronto in Vaughan. This attraction offers a variety of games, rides and a water park that provide the perfect way to destress after a long week of work. For Canada 150, Canada’s Wonderland will be featuring a number of daily attractions all summer including Cirque Canadien, an acrobatic performance that celebrates the four seasons and Starlight: Northern Reflections, a dazzling display of music and lights. Discounted tickets to Canada’s Wonderland are available on FDM’s Corporate Discount page. Click here to learn more.

    Arts and Culture

    For another way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, be sure to check out the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, a series of works which explore what it means to be Canadian. In addition, the AGO offers free admission to the regular collection galleries every Wednesday from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Check out the Group of Seven galleries for one of the most extensive collections in the country.

    Mackenzie House, the home of Toronto’s first mayor: William Lyon Mackenzie, will be sponsoring a group of street artists as part of the birthday celebrations. These artists have been commissioned to create artistic works in sidewalk chalk featuring prominent moments in Toronto’s history. These surprise exhibits will be scattered throughout Toronto’s downtown core and will only be available for a limited amount of time. The event will continue throughout the summer until 1st September.

    Nuit Blanche, an annual one night event will be taking place on 30th September this year. This event features large-scale art installations from various Canadian and international artists placed throughout Toronto. In celebration of Canada’s birthday, this year’s theme will focus on Canada’s history as a nation and includes identity and nationhood through the lens of migration, displacement, colonialism, power and privilege, settlement, the natural landscape, distance, exploration, adaptation and reconciliation. This all-night event of art and culture draws an estimated audience of one million people and is not to be missed.

    We hope this informative guide has provided some new and exciting ways to explore Toronto this summer. Toronto’s nonstop events calendar in celebration of Canada 150 offers many activities to fit every taste and budget. Although moving to a new city can be daunting, the support of the FDM team and these great activities are sure to make Toronto feel more like home.