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Fun Activities For Travelers To Enjoy In Toronto This Summer

Fun Activities For Travelers To Enjoy In Toronto This Summer

Canada’s Toronto is a bustling city that is well known for its festivals and other events and is popular with tourists all year round. That popularity continues to grow, as Tourism Toronto has recently released expectations that the city will top the record number (14 million) of overnight visitors it attracted last year.

If you’re thinking of traveling to the provincial capital of Ontario in 2016, you might want to schedule your trip to coincide with the warmer months when there is so much to see and do in the city. Read on for some of the top fun summer activities for all ages that you should put on your itinerary today.

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    Outdoor Cinema

    If you’re a film buff and are getting ready to book flights to Toronto, you should add a night out at the cinema to your itinerary. Head to Christie Pits Park (until late August) to watch a weekly movie under the stars in the park’s natural amphitheater.

    For the Christie Pits Film Festival’s sixth year, there is a new 40-foot-wide screen being used, and a variety of films, both classics and more boutique offerings are being shown. On the list are movies such as “Gravity,” “The Truman Show,” “Cast Away” and “Romeo + Juliet.” As well, a couple of short films are shown before each of the main attractions.

    The outdoor film nights are “pay what you can,” but a rate of $10 is suggested per person. Up to 1,000 people attend each night, so it is best to arrive around sunset or earlier to grab a spot. Make sure you pack a blanket and a picnic, or bring some cash to purchase munchies from the on-site food vendors.

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    Marie Curtis Park

    Another green space to explore in Toronto is Marie Curtis Park. A vast area in the southwest corner of the city which provides a shady oasis on hot days, the park is connected to the lakeshore’s bike trail, and is perfect for cyclists, walkers, and those who want to try and catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife and native plants. The park is also a lovely spot to watch the sun rise or set.

    Quieter than more popular sites such as Corktown Common or Dufferin Grove Park, Marie Curtis Park is suitable for families, friends and solo travelers. It has a giant splash pad wading pool, an updated playground ringed by Muskoka chairs, mature willow trees to relax under, a public swimming beach, picnic spots, and walking trails.

    Toronto Railway Museum

    If you or your traveling companions are interested in trains, make sure you pay a visit to the Toronto Railway Museum at Roundhouse Park. This attraction is dedicated to “preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario,” and features a collection of restored locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and railway structures.

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    On site you’ll also find smaller items such as conductor uniforms, tools used to repair trains, lanterns, and oil cans. Visitors to the museum can check out the gift shop too, or explore the interpretive plaques found around the grounds.

    If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a train conductor, you should head straight to the museum’s simulator, which is based on the railway tracks of Toronto in the 1950s. Here you’ll have the opportunity to be an engineer for a time, as you get to set the speed, use brakes, and blow a horn with real levers. Kids will also be keen to take a ride on the museum’s miniature train. Its railway tracks loop through the park in front of the museum.

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      William Meany Maze

      Located on Centre Island, the William Meany Maze opened officially just last year and provides locals and visitors alike with the perfect chance to test their internal GPS skills without the help of technology. The hedge maze is around 100-by-100-foot in size and is made up of around 1,200 cedar trees that take people into the center and then back again, just to ensure it is challenging enough! The attraction is named after a businessman based in Calgary who funded the project, and it is free for visitors to explore.

      Ontario Science Centre

      Another top spot suitable for both children and adults is the popular Ontario Science Centre. With something for everyone to love, the center is home to

      • A planetarium (which screens IMAX movies on its domed screen)
      • A climbing wall
      • A mini rainforest
      • A bubble station
      • Lots of bugs and animals to check out
      • A woodland playground
      • Many demonstrations and experiments

      This summer you’ll also find a special exhibit called “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” to explore.

      Featured photo credit: shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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      10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

      10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

      Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

      Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

      1. Make the Windows Your Own

      When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

      One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

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      If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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      A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

      There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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      If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

      Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

      6. Improve Your Air Quality

      One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

      The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

      7. Fill it with Plants

      Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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      Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

      Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

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