This big city located only a few hours away from Montreal and almost 1 driving day away from Quebec City has a lot to offer. Toronto can blow you away whether you’re looking for a slow weekend getaway or even to party all weekend! But we prefer the first option! You can explore the parks, visit the beaches, the islands and Lake Ontario for a perfect #SlowWeekend in Toronto.

It’s with this state of mind that we left for a 4-day trip to Toronto, last August. We flew out of Quebec City airport with Porter Airlines and a few hours later we were in Toronto.

Here are my top #SlowLiving activities during my 4-day trip to Toronto.

A PICNIC AT THE TORONTO ISLANDS

Just like I told you, the Toronto Islands do exist! Hop on a ferry for a short ride to the islands, which is also a great way to admire the Toronto skyline, relax, take pictures, and enjoy the view far from the bustle of the city! We packed our backpack with sushi and wine and headed out to the islands. We enjoyed our lunch on a picnic table located under a big tree in one of Toronto Island’s parks. Then we laid down and read a book in the shade. There are even BBQ pits in the parks for the public to use, what a fun way to enjoy your picnic!

TAKE A WALK IN THE HISTORICAL NEIGHBOURHOODS OF THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT AND THE OLD TOWN OF TORONTO.

Two amazing neighborhoods nearby the CN Tower where you can wander around the streets. I had a crush on the Distillery Historic District, it was so charming and one of a kind. It’s the perfect place to take a walk along the streets for hours and end up on a patio sipping on a cocktail.

CYCLING BY THE LAKE

There’s a beautiful trail along Lake Ontario to explore the city. Rent a bike, ride along the trail, and enjoy the beautiful views. Feel the sun on your skin and feel as free as the wind, this is the spirit of slow living. There are many bike rental options in Toronto, or you can also rent a bike from one of their bike stations across the city. Good to know, the trail along the waterfront is easy even for beginners.

BEACH LIFE

As we love being close to the water, the beach is the place to be! Plus, Toronto has many beaches for you to enjoy. There is Woodbine Beach which is located along Lake Shore Boulevard and Hanlan’s Point Beach on the Toronto Islands. You need to know that clothing is optional at Hanlan’s Point Beach. We were curious to find out more about this beach, we went with our clothes on and everything was fine!

VISIT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM

The best #SlowLiving activity for a rainy day! The Ripley’s Aquarium is fairly large, they have over

ROOFTOP PATIO WITH A VIEW

You want to press pause and enjoy the amazing views of Toronto far from the bustle of the city as if it was all yours? If so, stop by the Thompson hotel! It was on our to-do list, but we ran out of time… #SlowLiving. Although, if you do have time, it’s a must go! Having visited many rooftop patios in my days, I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed by this one!

SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY A GOOD MEAL

When enjoying a quiet weekend getaway in Toronto you must enjoy a nice dining experience. We tried out Miku. It’s an amazing Japanese restaurant. The moment we step foot at Miku we were impressed by the Japanese welcoming traditions, the impeccable service, as well as the delicious food. It’s a little bit pricy, but you won’t regret it!

AFFORDABLE APARTMENT LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE CITY BY THE CN TOWER

We found the perfect Airbnb rental for 2 persons. It was very clean, well-furnished, and located in the heart of Toronto, near the Scotiabank Arena and only a few blocks away from the CN Tower. The perfect location for a great weekend getaway. If you don’t have an Airbnb account, you can easily sign up here.

Now you know all my favourite things to do in Toronto for a quiet weekend getaway!

What are your favorite things to do in Toronto? Feel free to leave us your suggestions below!

This post was translated from French to English by:

Charlène Bessenay
I am Charlene. I was born in France but I live in Quebec City since 2007. I am a 32-year-old married mom of 2 (a boy and a girl), a part-time student (translation) and also a hockey mom 😉 I decided to go to university at 31 because I love foreign languages and I needed a new challenge. I love food and wine (I’m French you remember 😉 ), I have a very long travel bucket list and I practice Zumba and Yoga.

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