April is the hardest month. It should be warm, it isn’t really warm and we are so stir crazy we just want to feel a little sunshine on our skin, is that too much to ask, Toronto?
While we wait for the weather to catch up, I have compiled a little list of my favorite things to do – and a few new to try this year – this spring in Toronto.
It wouldn’t be a complete list about Toronto’s spring happenings if I didn’t include the Cherry Blossom trees. The most popular place to see them is High Park . The Park goes on “blossom alert” at the end of March and the blooms usually show up sometime between the end of April and early May. There is also a spectacular showing at Trinity Bellwoods Park. The trees are just as beautiful and the crowds are smaller.
I’m filing this under my spring plans. I’ve never been on the hop on hop off bus, but I will this spring. It takes you all over Toronto and you guessed it, you can hop on and off at different spots around the City. I can hop on by my house around Casa Loma and enjoy the sites and sounds of the City like a tourist.
Toronto has mastered the Farmer’s Market. It is a Saturday tradition in my house to go to the Wychwood Barns market. We are lucky, it’s a year round market, but there is no doubt it’s better in the Spring when it moves outside again. Find a local Farmer’s Market in your neighbourhood.
Spring is baseball, baseball is spring. I’m an American – baseball is in my DNA. We had season tickets to the Royals when I was a kid. It was on tv in the background while my dad napped throughout my childhood, now it’s on in the background most days at my house. You know we have moved into Summer when the roof is open and the CN tower is perched in the outfield. I can taste the street meat.
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This is my favorite film festival in Toronto. I’m a documentary lover! I wasn’t able to go last year because I had a two month old and was in an alternate universe, but this year I fully intend to go find stories that make me laugh, cry, cringe or wish I was home in my jammies. The festival runs from April 26 – May 6, 2018.
For a big urban metro, Toronto has a surprisingly number of trails. A few of my favorite are the Cedarvale Ravine/Beltline, Evergreen Brickworks/Moorpark Ravine and Scarborough Bluffs. So many good ones! I discovered recently that one of Toronto’s slogans is “A City Within a Park”. Seems appropriate.
Sit on a patio with a tea or coffee
After being cooped up for months – pushing 7 months now, there is nothing I’m craving more than a little outdoor time with the sunshine on my face. Grabbing a tea of coffee and heading outdoors is a great way to reconnect with your neighbourhood,a support local business and enjoy the WARMTH! I love KRAVE Coffee in my ‘hood. They recently opened a juice shop next door too!
This is also a spring must for me this year. I love photography and I’ve never attended this Festival. It runs through the month of May around the City. I plan to take the family and make a day of it!