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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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      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

      Listen carefully:

      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

      1. Pray Daily

      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

      3. Smile Often

      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

      4. Organize Your Working Desk

      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

      How do you do that? This is my formula:

      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

      8. Go Exercise

      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

      The Bottom Line

      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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