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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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      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

      1. Breathe

      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

      2. Loosen up

      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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      3. Chew slowly

      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

      4. Let go

      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

      It’s not. Promise.

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      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

      5. Enjoy the journey

      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

      6. Look at the big picture

      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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      Will this matter to me…

      • Next week?
      • Next month?
      • Next year?
      • In 10 years?

      Hint: No, it won’t.

      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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      8. Practice patience every day

      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

      Final thoughts

      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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