7 Great Options for Staying Cool in Toronto This Summer

By Lisa Lagace

As much as we love summer for its sunshine, warmth and long days, there’s a part of spending this season in Toronto that can be very unpleasant: Humidity.

However, if you don’t have the luxury of leaving the city every weekend to relax in cottage country, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck sweating your days away in the concrete jungle.

Toronto boasts a wide range of ways you can get wet and keep heatstroke away.  

The Pool
There are plenty of pools to cool off in around the city. If you’re not one for the various public park pools (see: swimming with children doesn’t sound fun to you), try out the more adult-friendly pool at Cabana Pool Bar.

The Beaches
You can’t go wrong with a dip in the lake. And while not everyday is worth the effort of a trip out to The Beaches, on a long hot day it’s the perfect place to beat the heat and show off your new bikini.

The Island
If you really need a good reason to get your butt to the Island this summer, let humidity be it. It’s always cooler on the Island, and you can spend all day in the water – easily making it worth that terribly packed ferry ride.

Mist Garden
The Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville boasts a free, public mist garden that cools you off every 10 minutes with a chilly mist – which is much cheaper than keeping your A/C on all day. Open until 11pm every night.

Chill Ice House
While it’s been on our radar for a while, Chill Ice House is finally open to the public and there’s no better way to beat the heat than by drinking from glasses made of ice, while sitting at tables made of ice, surrounded by walls made of gorgeous ice sculptures. Did we mention ice?

With Canada’s Wonderland, Wild Water Kingdom, The Wave Pool and Centreville all accessible to the GTA, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be on a water slide right now.  

The Cinema
Theatres always have the A/C blasting so much that you’re freezing in there no matter what season it is – take advantage of this all summer long while also indulging in some blockbuster entertainment. In the eternal battle between popcorn and humidity, popcorn always wins. 


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