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5 things to do in Toronto this summer

Springtime is here!  The weather is slow to warm-up but my phone has been ringing like crazy as it is officially BOOKING SEASON!

I was checking out Virtuoso’s Symposium taking place in Hong Kong and one of the presentation slides listed the “Hot S10 Desinations in 2015 Q2” and Canada was listed.  I didn’t need to see that slide to know how popular the “north” was (we need to retire #WeTheNorth until October, please) cause my American friends and their friends are asking a lot of questions and wanting to visit Toronto this summer (thanks Drake) and I am constantly being asked where they should stay, eat and have fun.

hot-10-destinations-virtuoso-the-urban-travelerI have built some pretty great itineraries for bachelor parties, girls weekend getaways and solo travel to the “T dot” and I have few new ones in development but I’d like to share a super quick list I whipped up called “5 things to do in Toronto this summer“.  Good for visitors or for Torontonians across the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)!

 *For the foodies*
summerlicious-logo-the-urban-traveler#1 –  Summerlicious – July 3 – 26, 2015

Summerlicious is one of Toronto’s favourite culinary celebrations. For three mouthwatering weeks in July savour delicious three-course prix fixe menus served by close to 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants.

summerlicious-2-the-urban-travelerPrice Summary: 
Lunch menus: $15 – $25
Dinner menus: $25 – $45; see restaurant listings for details.
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*For the sports fans*

 #2 –  Pan Am Games  – July 10-26 and Para Pan Am Games Aug 7-15

I know a lot of Torontonian’s are dreading the games, not confident that the city is ready for such a large scale event but when you really think about it, Toronto is a sports city that loves culture and it is pretty exciting!

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

This will be the Province of Ontario’s largest sport tourism event in history!

Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

There will be 7,500+ athletes from 41 countries and territories.

Learn more about the Pan Am Games at Toronto2015.org.

Ticket info:

75% of tickets are $45 and under.  Tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies are still available.

Buy here:  www.ticketmaster.ca/toronto2015

 *The latest  fitness trend is in Toronto!*
Surfect-the-urban-traveler#3 –  Surfset Toronto
Toronto is not known for surfing. You can’t catch a wave on Lake Ontario to save your life but the next best thing is uptown at Yonge & Eglinton!
nikki-jazz-surfset-the-urban-travelerHave fun listening to ratchet trap music (go to the Wednesday 7pm class!) while trying to balance your way through a 45min-1hr class targeting and toning your core muscles.
For schedules and pricing, visit: SurfsetToronto.com
*For a Caribbean experience in the North*
caribana-mas-1-the-urban-traveler#4 –  Caribana  Parade – August 1 2015
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly and still commonly called Caribana, is a festival of Caribbean food, music and people.
The Caribbean festivities take place over a few weeks but the Saturday that falls on the first August of every year is the highlight!  This is when about 4.5kms of Toronto’s  Lake Shore Drive is taken over by THE parade.  caribana-parade-the-urban-travelerThe parade consists of costumed dancers (called “Mas players”) along with live Caribbean music being played from large speakers on the flat-bed of 18 wheeler trucks. The genre played is mainly soca calypso, and steelpan, but you can also find floats which play chutney and reggae.
caribana-mas-the-urban-travelerIf you aren’t too sure about it, consider that it is North America‘s largest street festival, frequented by over 1.3 million visitors each year for the festival’s final parade and an overall attendance of 2 million.  You are missing out if you’ve never been!
Even Queen Bey gets it!  This is when she hit Trinidad with the “Palance” dance a few years ago.  Trust me….this is the best quality video I could find…everyone lost their minds and couldn’t capture a still shot! lol

 So grab a rag, a flag and get ready to wine!
Read the “Main event” tab to learn more about Fêtes, J’ouvert and Bands http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribana
*The great outdoors*
#5 –  Cabana Poolbar
Jump in an uber and head to Cabana Poolbar aka “The Docks”, southern Ontario’s answer to South Beach Florida.
Just off of downtown in the east side is an entertainment complex with a drive in movie theatre, an outdoor rock climbing wall, driving range and daybeds & cabanas around a pool area called Cabana Pool Bar (how cleaver) that sits on Lake Ontario, facing the city skyline.  Great spot for day to night parties for groups!
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