Summer 2020 doesn’t have to be cancelled. Although vacations and events have been pushed back, the weather in Toronto is still beautiful and you may even have a lot more free time! However, if you are trying to save money, spending a large chunk of your budget on popular Toronto patios may not be an option. Plus, while Toronto restaurants have been given the green light to open their patios, not everyone is keen on eating in close proximity to strangers.
Here are some fun ways to spend your time this summer without emptying your bank account (close proximity to strangers not included):
- Have a picnic in the park
This is perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to eat at a patio but still want a great outdoor dining experience with friends or family. You can bring whichever snacks and drinks you want from home, which makes this option extremely wallet friendly. If you are looking to try something new, some local restaurants have even started offering picnics to go, including one $25 package.
Fortunately, Toronto has many parks to choose from that have taken appropriate social distancing measures. So grab a blanket and you are good to go!
- Try outdoor sports
We’ve all heard that now is a great time to start running, but this is easier said than done. Outdoor sports are a great alternative to help you stay active.
Sports such as tennis are a great way to challenge yourself and to have fun trying something new. Tennis courts are open from April to October, public courts are free and available to the public at all times, nets are provided, and casual tennis play is on a first come, first served basis. There are also some deals on tennis rackets online, as well as on Facebook marketplace.
- Take a walk around historic Toronto buildings
A leisurely stroll around the Distillery District never disappoints. This village is set among a collection of Victorian Industrial buildings that bring relaxation and romance all in one place. Plus, you can stay outside the entire time!
You can also pose for a picture or two in front of the amazing murals at Graffiti Alley, located at Rush Lane, just south of Queen Street. Artists have recently transformed Graffiti Alley with new murals for the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Go to a drive-in movie theatre
In a time of social distancing, drive-ins have been making a comeback across the province, and the good news is that they are relatively inexpensive. You can enjoy a movie from the comfort of your own car, and most theatres have installed portable washrooms and online ordering systems that allow them to deliver food and drinks safely.
Here is a list of drive-in movie theatres in Ontario that will make you feel like you are living back in the 1950s.
- Walk or bike in nature
If you are looking for a break from the city, Toronto has many scenic places to explore on foot or bike, and all you’ll need to do is pay for parking. Scarborough Bluffs Park, also known as the Bluffs, stretches 15km across Scarborough, standing above Lake Ontario. With a sandy beach, picnic areas, walks, and lookouts, there is not much more you can ask for.
And of course, don’t forget to watch the sunset!
These are a few affordable ways to make the best of summer 2020. Take a look at our website to learn more about our student loans and refinancing, and remember to take care of yourself as best as you can—be it financially, physically or mentally.