Summer is here!

The May long weekend marks the first weekend of summer in Toronto. If you’re visiting Toronto in the summertime, you’re in for a lot of fun! There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the city during the summer months. Restaurants open their patios, weekends are filled with festivals, and our amazing parks and beaches are open for you to enjoy and explore.   Here’s a list of some fun things you can do in the city during the summertime:   Check out a movie at one of Toronto’s drive-in movie theaters: Enjoy a movie under the stars at one of Toronto’s theaters. Check out the Summerworks Festival Summerworks is annual celebration of live performance art in Toronto. This year’s festival takes place from August 9th until August 18th. Check schedule here. Check out a band at Adelaide Hall Adelaid Hall is Toronto’s newest live music venue. Located just west of University (on Adelaide), Adelaide Hall hosts lots of great bands and performers. Check out Corktown Common, Toronto’s newest park Corktown Common is the latest addition to Toronto’s modern green spaces. The new space features a splash pad, a gorgeous pavilion, and wetlands. Take a Hike There are lots of great trails close to the city centre. The Don Valley Trails are a top choice, but there are a number of others to check out. Check out EC for Intensive English Courses in Toronto.

Victoria Day Long Weekend

Monday May 23rd is Victoria Day in Toronto. The Victoria Day long weekend is officially the first weekend of summer in Toronto. This weekend’s weather forecast looks good, so make sure you check out what’s happening this weekend.   Here are a few things you need to know about the Victoria Day Long weekend in Toronto: There will be fireworks!: Watching fireworks is a great way to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. There will be a fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland starting at 10pm on Sunday and one at Ashbridges Bay Park on Monday at 9:45pm. Both of these spots tend to get really crowded during long weekend fireworks displays, so be sure to get there early to get a good seat.   What’s Open/Closed?: The TTC will run on a holiday schedule. Be sure to check out the TTC Website https://www.ttc.ca/Routes/General_Information/Service_Details.jsp for more information on TTC service on Monday May 23rd. Go Transit will run on a Saturday schedule. Most tourist attractions will be open (i.e., ROM, CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre). Most malls and restaurants will be open as well. LCBO stores are closed on Monday, but may stay open later on Friday and Saturday. Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday.   Exciting events happening in the city:   Artfest at the Distillery Beasley Bear’s Teddy Bear Picnic Rib Fest and BBQ Bash World Fiddle Day Halal Foodfest Trinity Bellwoods Bed-In Check out EC for Adult English Courses in Toronto.

Mother’s Day

Sunday May 8th is Mother’s Day. If you’re away from home and you’d like to show your mom how much you love her, here’s a list of some mother’s day gifts that you can give your mom while you’re away from home. Send her flowers: Pick a florist near your home and send your mom a bunch of her favourite flowers. It’ll be a nice surprise (that she probably isn’t expecting). Set up a Skype/FaceTime Breakfast/Lunch date with her: The time difference may not work in your favour for this one.  But if you can, arrange a Skype/FaceTime call during breakfast or lunch. You can share a meal with your mom on her special day (even if you’re on the other side of the world). Send her a care package: If you have time, create a care package for your mom and send it to her. You can include photos, postcards, and even souvenirs from your trip. Write her an IOU: Although you’re travelling at the moment, you will return home at some point. Write your mom an IOU with a promise of something that you can do together when you get back. Send her a card: All moms love receiving mother’s day cards (especially when they’re from you)! Send your mom a card wishing her “Happy Mother’s Day” and let her know that you’re thinking of her on her special day.   Check out EC for Adult English Courses in Toronto