Toronto experiences harsh winters; so, people are always looking forward to summers in order to go out in the open and enjoy some outdoor activities. Thankfully, there is no dearth of natural spots in Toronto that offer incredible opportunities to people to enjoy great summer activities like cycling, hiking, fishing, sailing, cave exploring, safaris, and bird-watching to name a few. Some of the compelling locations within one hour drive from Toronto are included here.
Toronto Islands is a popular spot among locals as well as tourists. The islands are located on Lake Ontario and offer one a chance to witness compelling views of Toronto Skyline. The islands got formed after the erosion of sand bars from Scarborough Bluffs. There are three most popular swimming beaches here including Centre Island Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, and Ward’s Island Beach. Besides, there are some other exhilarating spots here including the Far Enough Farm, Centreville Amusement Park, public tennis, volleyball and softball courts, nature trails, bike rental option, and innumerable food outlets.
The Toronto Zoo
The location of Toronto Zoo is as good as the zoo itself. It is located in the picturesque Rouge Valley, and some great animal exhibits that provide great deal of information about various varieties of animals. There are separate zoogeographic locations within the zoo, and these are divided in accordance with specific inhabitants of the zoo. Some of the most popular regions in the zoo are the Tundra Trek which has polar bear exhibit, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Gorilla Rainforest, to name a few. Besides the animals there is a dazzling array of activities for the families here including Splash Island- a water play area, a Discovery Zone specifically for kids, a waterside theatre, and several gift shops and eateries.
The Scarborough Bluffs
The Scarborough Bluffs is a geological wonder located on Lake Ontario. It acts as a great retreat for tourists as well as the locals. Moreover, it has Toronto’s most beautiful beach called ‘The Bluffer’s Park.’ The spot is ideal for summer picnics and other activities including fishing, swimming, cycling, sailing, and walking, as there are a number of nature trails here. Moreover, bird-watchers too love to visit this spot frequently.
African Lion Safari
African Lion Safari provides a great chance to the visitors to see a whole new world of wild African animals. One could also experience the Safari from their private vehicle besides embarking upon the Safari Bus Tour. One is able to see freely roaming rhinos, giraffes, lions, ostriches, deer, monkeys, elk, and bison all over the area. Other popular attractions here include ‘Parrots of Paradise,’ ‘Birds of Prey,’ and ‘Elephant Swim’ to name a few.
High Park is the largest public park in Toronto, and is located towards the western side of the downtown. There are lush green spaces all over the park. Moreover, as one moves towards the charming Hillside Gardens, they come across small bridges, spectacular waterfalls, and flowering trees. Nature photographers simply love this amazing spot, as they get plenty of chances to click the best shot. Other great things here include an adventure park, a mini-zoo, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts, to name a few.