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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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      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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